- 15 December 2013 | Kiteboarding
Florian Gruber has been crowned the inaugural Kiteracing Oceanic Championships winner, at Leighton Beach, Fremantle, Australia.
The German rider, 19, took out all but three races in the five-day competition. Gruber won a A$5000 first prize cheque and 100 Championship points.
"It was good to win the last race, and now I'll party. I do enjoy the light wind a bit more, but I trained more in strong winds and now have the perfect package", says Florian Gruber.
"This event is so nice, so well organised, everything about it is great - the location, the conditions. I've a few days now before I fly home, so I'm super relaxed".
Hot on his heels all week, Olly Bridge, 16-year-old current European champion, claimed second place, while Riccardo Leccese took third, despite Poland's Blazej Ozog making a last minute run for the position.
In the Women's division, there has been fierce competition between Aga Grzymska and Ariane Imbert but the Polish kiteboarder proved too strong, winning 11 of 17 overall races.
"This is the first time I have won an international event - it's a big thing for me. I had plenty of worries going into today's races that I would drop my kite and get second place, but I was really happy with my racing today", adds Aga Grzymska.
Spain's Nuria Goma placed third and top Australian female kiter was Lisa Hickman from Queensland placing fourth. The 2013 Lighthouse to Leighton marathon was taken out by Marvin Baumeister.
Kiteracing Oceanic Championships Results:
1. Florian Gruber (Germany) 16 pts
2. Olly Bridge (Great Britain) 33 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (Italy) 54 pts
1. Aga Grzymska (Poland) 24 pts
2. Ariane Imbert (France) 36 pts
3. Nuria Goma (Spain) 70 pts
1. Florian Gruber (Germany)
2. Olly Bridge (UK)
3. Maks Zakowski (Poland)
Masters (35 and over):
1. Ric Black (Australia)
2. Ejder Ginyol (Turkey)
3. Alty Frisby (Australia)