Jonathan Keys sails to victory at the Lighthouse to Leighton race

December 15, 2012 | Kiteboarding
Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton: 19 kilometers of winds

Jonathan Keys has claimed victory at the 2012 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton, Australia's longest kitesurfing race.

Semi-professional kiteboarder Jonathan Keys used his local knowledge to win the famous kite marathon and took $1500 first prize, by just ten seconds, in front of a 1000-strong crowd.

Keys completed the 19-kilometer race in 25 minutes and 20 seconds, less than one minute more than the record set by Alex Caizergues (24 minutes and 34 seconds).

"My goal was to get a decent clean start but I actually came out quite slow. My board came through though and I reckon it was one of the quickest, I work on my board each year just for this race", says Jonathan Keys.

"I knew Dale was going to be pretty quick and you don't know how the international guys are going to go. It was such a cool day".

Dale Stanton and Philip Rowlands finished the race in second and third places. The 2012 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton saw 110 riders taking the challenge of linking Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach.

Everyone enjoyed 19-23 knots of wind, and 26-degree air temperature. The fastest female was Keira Macfarlane, who finished the race in 30 minutes and 21 seconds.