Florian Gruber: enjoying the pleasures of Fremantle

Florian Gruber confirms he is the fastest man at the inaugural Kiteracing Oceanic Championships at Leighton Beach, Fremantle. He won four out of five races, in the third day of competition.


The German kiteboarder only lost the second race of the after hitting seaweed. Oliver Bridge took that one.

In the last race of the day, after rounding the top mark, it looked like Bridge was holding on, but Gruber sailed the whole reach without putting in a single gybe, whereas the British was not as able to sail as deep and was forced to gybe.

Although Oliver may have been sailing faster, he had to cover more distance, and so, into the upwind leg, Gruber was once again widening the gap.

Florian sailed to the top mark appreciably higher and faster than anyone else and, combined with his downwind speed, he was ultimately unbeatable, scoring his fourth win of the day.

Aga Grzymska and Ariane Imbert continue to battle it out on the Indian Ocean for first and second positions. It was literally a tangle between Lisa Hickman and Justine Sellers, where both needed to be rescued to pull their kites apart.

Light wind specialist Nuria Goma took her first bullet in the last race of the day.