Oliver Bridge rides his kite to victory in Melbourne

December 12, 2016 | Kiteboarding
Oliver Bridge: riding to victory at the 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne | Photo: Martinez/World Sailing

Oliver Bridge dominated the Formula Kite competition at the 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne, in Australia.

The British kiteboarder drove his foil kiteboard to victory in the final event of the Sailing World Cup season. The last three medal races were held in 12 knots of wind, but Bridge didn't start well.

"I wasn't at my best in the upwind, and I caught something at the second windward mark and just hit the deck. Something was stuck on my foil, and I couldn't get started again. It was quite annoying, but I managed to catch up a couple of places," explained Olly Bridge.

But the young Formula Kite rider stepped up his game and stormed his way through the decisive races, and secure one of the most important titles in his career.

"In the last two, I was able to sail my own race from the front. It was difficult as there was a lot of seaweed on the course which made it hard to handle but I was able to get in front and stay there."

Florian Trittel finished second, and Guy Bridge took the bronze medal.

2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne | Top 5

1. Oliver Bridge (GBR)
2. Florian Trittel (SPA)
3. Guy Bridge (GBR)
4. Florian Gruber (GER)
5. Martin Dolenc (CRO)

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