Lighthouse to Leighton: Frenchman Parlier smashes record in win


Nico Parlier ahead of the pack between Rottnest Island and Leighton Beach on Sunday.
Nico Parlier ahead of the pack between Rottnest Island and Leighton Beach on Sunday.

FRENCHMAN Nico Parlier smashed the Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race record in 19 minutes and 3 seconds riding a hydrofoil board at the seventh annual 19km crossing from Rottnest Island to North Fremantle on Sunday.

The new record is more than three minutes faster than the record previously held by Englishman Olly Bridge, after he had to compete on a normal kitesurfing board when his foil broke before the race.

Nedlands 16-year-old Mani Bisschops was 10th and the second fastest Australian.

Mani is an Australian junior kite-racing champion who has travelled to San Francisco, Mauritius and China to compete in the pro-kite racing tour this year.

Europeans on hydrofoil boards among the 135 entrants dominated the Lighthouse to Leighton race in winds of about 22 knots.

German Florian Gruber was placed second 47 seconds behind Nico and Spaniard Florian Trittel was third.

Britain’s Steph Bridge was the fastest woman for the third consecutive year in a time of 24:50, and the respected Marc Sprod Trophy for the fastest WA competitor went to Samson’s Alty Frisby.