2013 Lighthouse to Leighton: 19 kilometers of racing

Marvin Baumeister has set a new kiteboarding record at the 2013 Lighthouse to Leighton. The German rider made the crossing in just 23 minutes and 50 seconds.


The 19-kilometer race between Rottnest Island and Leighton Beach has been challenged by 88 kiteboarders, in 14-to-20 wind knots. The previous record in Australia's longest kitesurf race was 24 minutes and 30 seconds, set in 2010 by world speed record holder Alex Caizergues.

Marvin Baumeister was caught in the pack of racers for the first two kilometers, but after clearing a few patches of weed, he saw a gap and put the hammer down and hung on.

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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.

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Leander Vyvey: follow the light

Leander Vyvey has signed a contract deal with Wainman Hawaii.


The former KPWT vice world kiteboarding champion, and four-time Belgian champion, will be free kitesurfing for Wainman Hawaii.

"My goals for this year are to push more towards video and photo promotion, rather than taking up the competition part of the sport", explains Vyvey.

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