Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Race against time for Rottnest kiteboarders

    4/12/2015 7:05 AM
    • Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton race features 115 national and international competitors
    • One of the southern hemisphere's biggest kiteboarding races 
    • Proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA

    Could you kiteboard from Rottnest to Fremantle in less than 22 minutes?


    This is the challenge facing 115 competitors tomorrow when Western Australia hosts the southern hemisphere's longest open-ocean kiteboarding race, the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton.


    Tourism Minister Kim Hames said amateur and professional kiteboarders would create a colourful spectacle as they raced across the Indian Ocean on the 19-kilometre course which kicks off at 2.30pm Saturday, December 5, 2015.


    "The open-ocean race starts at Phillip Point on Rottnest Island, goes across the Gage Roads channel and finishes at Leighton Beach in North Fremantle," Dr Hames said.


    The Minister said the high-adrenalin race was a chance for local, national and international competitors to take up the challenge of beating the record time of 22 minutes and seven seconds, set in 2014 by European champion Olly Bridge.


    "It's a family affair with Olly back this year looking to defend his title alongside his mother Steph Bridge who was the fastest woman at last year's event," he said.


    The Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton is proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA.


    Dr Hames said tourism was crucial to the State's economy, generating $8.7 billion in visitor spend in the 2014-15 financial year.


    "Our strategy is to increase this value to $12 billion by 2020," he said.


    "Events such as the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton are key to us achieving that goal because they attract visitors and generate media exposure.  I firmly believe that having a range of events to watch, experience or actively participate in adds vibrancy to the State."


    Fact File

    • For more information, visit http://lighthouse2leighton.com.au  
    • Total of $8,950 in cash prizes and more than $4,000 in trophies
    • Equal prize money for male and female racers, with first prize $1,500
    • Race is limited to 115 competitors

    Minister's office - 6552 5300