PEPPERMINT Grove sailor Cameron Seagreen will compete in his first Lighthouse to Leighton (L2L) kite surfing race above the waves with a hydrofoil under his board during the 19km crossing next Saturday.
“I’ve had some pretty spectacular crashes so far, so I know wheat I’m in for,” Seagreen said.
The fast kitefoiling fleet will be among 140 kiters drawn from a ballot in the eighth annual race from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach, North Fremantle.
French foiler Nico Parlier broke the record in 19 minutes and 3 seconds last year.
Seagreen said he did not expect to be a challenger, having taken up kitefoil racing only three months ago, after three years of normal kite surfing where the boards stay on the surface.
“I think I’ll be OK, but not super-competitive, and I’ll be using a blow-up kite,” he said.
Last week, L2L organisers announced five-time Pro Kiteboard Riders’ Association world title holder and Cornishman Aaron Hadlow (29) would compete to defend his 2016 twin tip board crown captured in a time of 23 minutes.
The UK’s professional kite surfing family the Bridges will be represented by sons Guy (18) and Tom (16), and father Eric.
Prizes are equal for the top three men and women who share $9125 and $4000 worth of trophies, in addition to the respected Marc Sprod Trophy for the fastest WA competitor.
Wind depending, racers leave Rottnest Island at 2.30pm, with the first arriving at Leighton Beach 20 to 30 minutes later.
Information is at www.lighthouse2leighton.com.au.