- 10 October 2013 | Kiteboarding
Five members of the Bridge family will compete at the inaugural Kiteracing Oceanic Championships, between 10th-15th December, 2013, in Western Australia.
Steph Bridge, Eric Bridge and their sons Olly, Guy and Tom will leave East Devon, in England, to Perth, Western Australia, for the upcoming Kiteracing Oceanic Championships.
Steph and Olly will run a one-off training camp from 27th November to 1st December, at Leighton Beach, designed to provide WA's junior kiters with a leading edge and additional skills focusing on stance, turning, stopping and parking, race rules, start line strategy, downwind angles, upwind tactics, buoy rounding and mental and physical preparation.
"We travelled to WA as a family back in 2001/2002, when we first started kiting and took all three boys who were under four. We’re looking forward to coming back with them now older and being able to really enjoy and remember the experience", says Steph Bridge.
The Kiteracing Oceanic Championships will consist of a series of qualifying races around a marked course. Results from this event will go towards a 12-month rolling world ranking calendar in the IKA World Course Racing Championship.
The event is run under the auspices of both the IKA and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). On the 14th December, Australia's longest kiteboarding race, the Lighthouse to Leighton, invites competitors to sail 19 kilometers of Indian Ocean, from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach.