The 2016 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton expects 135 riders

September 28, 2016 | Kiteboarding
Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton: a 19-kilometer kiteboarding race | Photo: North/Red Bull

The 2016 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton will run between December 3rd-4th, in Western Australia.

The iconic kiteboarding race will be open to 135 riders - up by 25 from 2015 - with at least 100 hours of experience. The organization also expects an increasing number of foil entries competing alongside twin tip and slalom kiteboards.

The Lighthouse to Leighton is a 19-kilometer kiteboarding marathon from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach (Fremantle). The seventh edition will deliver equal prize money for the top 3 male and female athletes. The fastest West Australian kiteboarder will conquer the Marc Sprod Trophy.

"Word about the race spreads each year quickly amongst the international kiting community, and we're also likely to have competitors from the 2016 Hydrofoil Pro Tour final, which is being held in Perth the previous week," explains Tim Turner, the director of the event.

"There'll be some the world's best international kite racers in town ready to take on the locals who have a hometown advantage knowing the wind and water conditions. It's going to be a great race to see if anyone will beat the race record of 22 minutes 7 seconds set in 2014."

The winners of last year's Lighthouse to Leighton was Peter McKewen, an amateur rider who finished the race in 34 minutes and 39 seconds.

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