- 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.
- 14 December 2013 | Kiteboarding
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.
- 13 December 2013 | Kiteboarding
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.