Lighthouse to Leighton: kiteboard race this weekend


Torvar Mirsky in the 2014 Lighthouse to Leighton.
Torvar Mirsky in the 2014 Lighthouse to Leighton.

NORTH Fremantle waters will be awash with colour and competitiveness this weekend as kiteboarders vie to cross the Lighthouse to Leighton finish line first.

Setting sail from Rottnest Island, more than 100 riders will be looking to break the record of 22 minutes and 7 seconds set by 2014 winner Olly Bridge.

Fremantle’s Torvar Mirsky, who will be competing for the third time, said kiteboarding was an incredible sport and getting out on to the water was an indescribable feeling.

“I really enjoy the atmosphere of all the 100 competitors getting ready – people are discussing conditions, equipment, strategy, favourites and it makes for a real buzz,” he said.

“I’m hoping for a top 10 so I can gain an automatic entry into the 2017 race, last time I competed I was the top WA competitor.

“Everyone loves going to the beach and here is a beach activity to check out.

“If you are at Leighton you will see a horizon full of kites and in about 20 minutes they’ll be right in front of you.”

The Lighthouse to Leighton is on December 3, with competitors expected to start coming into Leighton Beach about 2.50pm. If weather conditions are not favourable, the race will be postponed until December 4.