Lighthouse to Leighton: Australia’s longest kitesurfing race

Australia’s longest kitesurfing race is returning to Perth, WA for its second year. The Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton will take off from Rottnest Island on Saturday 3 December, with the finish line at Leighton Beach where spectators can witness all the action from the sand.

Competitors will race across the Indian Ocean from Phillip Point at Rottnest Island at 2.30pm to Leighton Beach North Fremantle. Spectators are invited to Leighton Beach to watch them race into the finish line and chase last year’s record time of 24 minutes. Music and entertainment at Leighton will make it a great day at the beach.

One hundred kite surfers including last year’s winner Frenchman Alex Caizergues and current world speed record holder American Rob Douglas will challenge Gage Roads. The North American currently holds the outright 500m speed record, an awesome 55.65 knots (103/km/hr). Australia’s current record holder Tim Pumpa from Adelaide, and local, national and international entrants have been confirmed.

The competition is supported by the Western Australian Kite Surfing Association (WAKSA). Competitors will race across the Indian Ocean from Phillip Point at Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach North Fremantle.

Not just anyone will be accepted to take on the current champ. Applicants must have at least 100 hours of kite surfing experience and must be a WAKSA or AKSA member to be potentially selected for entry.