Florian Gruber: from Germany with speed

Florian Gruber won all his heats in the opening day of the Kiteracing Oceanic Championships, at Leighton Beach, Fremantle, Australia.


With clear blue skies, winds averaging 14 knots, smooth seas and temperatures in the high 20's, the inaugural Kiteracing Oceanic Championships took off in great style.

Overall results put Florian Gruber in first place, in the Men's division, followed by Maks Zakowski, from Poland. The German says he's "feeling good, but pointing upwind is a little slower than usual. I think it's the current".

The competition was fierce in the Women's division, with Ariane Imbert finishing just ahead of Aga Grzymska, despite them having equal points. Nuria Goma is third, Justina Sellers is forth, and Australia's Lisa Hickman finished fifth.

"The light winds and smooth seas is what I'm used to, I've been using my 13m [kite]. My battle in this event is with Ariane", says Grzymska.

The competition includes 10 top ten internationally-ranked male and female kiteracers and a strong field of interstate and West Australians competitors across the course racing and freestyle kiting competitions.