Olly Bridge sets new record at the Lighthouse to Leighton

December 8, 2014 | Kiteboarding
Olly Bridge: setting a new record time in Western Australia | Photo: Peta North

Olly Bridge set a new record time at the 5th Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboarding race, in Western Australia.

The 17-year-old kiteboarder stormed Southern Hemisphere's largest kiteboarding race with a total time of 22 minutes and seven seconds, a huge one minute 43 seconds ahead of the previous mark.

"It was pretty tough, it was nice and windy actually. So we went really fast, and I broke the record so that's really good. There was a bit of seaweed in the middle, but I managed to only crash once, and that helped me out," explained Bridge.

The 2014 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton was held in 19-knot winds and connected Phillip Point - off Rottnest Island - to Leighton Beach, Fremantle, in a 19-kilometer race.

Steph Bridge, 42, finished well ahead of the other female racers and broke the female course record finishing in just 27 minutes. She finished 12th overall.

"I was worried for Olly because we both messed up with the kite size, so I was concerned he wouldn't get it. I didn't know if he'd break the record but he did, he's getting faster every year!," added Steph.

The 5th Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton attracted a total of 110 male and female kiteboarders. The Marc Sprod Memorial Trophy was won by Jonathan Keys from Mosman Park.

2014 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton | Results

1. Oliver Bridge (Devon, UK) - 22:07
2. Marvin Baumeister (Townsville, Qld) - 22:40
3. Jonathan Keys (Mosman Park, WA) - 23:25

1. Steph Bridge (Devon, UK) - 27:00
2. Kim Lema (Scarborough, WA) - 27:58
3. Theresa McKirdy - 28:40

Twin Tip
1. Luca De Prato (Palmyra, WA) - 25:01
2. Pat Banks (Coolbellup, WA) - 28:43
3. Trevor Gerritsen (Canning Vale WA) - 28:50