Lighthouse to Leighton: organiser keen for big kiteboarding event


Tim Turner at wants entrants this month for a bigger Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race in December. Picture: Jon Bassett.
Tim Turner at wants entrants this month for a bigger Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race in December. Picture: Jon Bassett.

MORE is always better said seven-time Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race organiser Tim Turner (46).

“There are 135 places in this year’s race, up by 25 from 2015, and I’m confident demand will again exceed entry spots available,” the Cottesloe resident told Community Newspaper Group.

This year’s 19km race from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach at North Fremantle is on December 3, with the following day set aside in case there is no wind.

Mr Turner said the race would feature daredevil entrants on boards with hydrofoils as part of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour Final being held the in Perth the previous week.

“There’ll be a number of the world’s best international kite racers in town ready to take on the best in WA,” he said,

Only the wind will decide who can beat the race record of 22.07 set in 2014.

The race continues the have equal prize money for first three male and female entrants.

WA kiters will compete for the Marc Sprod Trophy commemorating the well-know amateur East Victoria Park kiter who was killed in a freak accident at Telephone Box kiting spot, Cottesloe three years ago.