Bridges dominate Freestyle Jam competition
Not satisfied just with his second place in last week’s Kiteracing Oceanics Championships course racing, 16-year-old Olly Bridge from Devon in the UK has also taken out the Men’s Open Freestyle Jam competition, ahead of Simon Wichterman in second and Luca De Prato in third.
Held on Sunday (22 December) in winds of between 15 and 20kn at Leighton Beach Fremantle, the competition included ten categories and a prize pool of $5000. The results were dominated by the talented Bridge family.
Olly’s youngest brother Tom Bridge, at 12 years already a PKRA and European Freestyle Youth Champion, took out the Junior Mens Freestyle comp over his older brother Guy Bridge and Billy Hampton in third. But 14-year-old Guy Bridge was the strongest in the Junior Mens Big Air, winning the category.
The Women’s competition was taken out by local kiter Christine Gaudieri, a past Australian Freestyle Championships winner. In second place was local freestyler-racer kiter Fabienne Bosinger and in third Shannon Ducker.
Fremantle local Simon Wichterman took out the Mens Big Air and Carola Poblete won the Womens Big Air.
Full results are listed below.
The Freestyle Jam competition was run by WAKSA – Western Australian Kite Surfing Association Inc – and was run as part of the new Kiteracing Oceanic Championships event. Groups of kiters competed in revolving 10-minute heats and scores came from their top 10 tricks.
The Championships, including the Freestyle Jam, will return to Fremantle in early December 2014 and is officially sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
The State Government through Tourism Western Australia is a proud supporter of the Championships.
For more nformation visit http://kiteoceanics.com or the event Facebook and Twitter pages.
Mens Open Freestyle
1st Olly Bridge
2nd Simon Wichterman
3rd Luca De Prato
Womens Open Freestyle
1st Christine Gaudieri
2nd Fabienne Bosiger
3rd Shannon Ducker
Junior Mens Freestyle
1st Tom Bridge
2nd Guy Bridge
3rd Billy Hampton
Mens Big Air
Womens Big Air
Junior Mens Big Air
Best Old School Trick Mens
Best Old School Trick Womens
Best Old School Trick Junior Mens
Kite racing Oceanic Championships
After the world championship in China two weeks later, two of the NKB race team, Olly bridge and Blasco Ozog travelled south to Perth, Western Australia to compete in the kite racing oceanic championships.
The kite racing oceanic's started on the 11th of December at Leighton beach. Perth gave us the best racing conditions, sunny 30 degrees, sea breeze of 6-15 knots throughout the regatta. The first two days consisted of the qualification series. 42 racers were split into two fleets. Both fleets races with 8 racers over the first two days. 16 year old Olly Bridge was putting the pleasure on current world champions Florian Gruber, managing to qualify into the gold fleet as 2nd. Blasco Ozog managed to qualify 5th.
On Friday competitors raced in Gold and Silver fleets in a long day of five races with the top 21 Men’s division competitors in Gold, pitting the fastest racers up against eachother creating a fierce battle.The pack was tight and the pressure on in today’s Finals Series races of the Kiteracing Oceanic Championships at Leighton Beach, Fremantle. Olly Bridge was fighting to track down world champion Florian Gruber. Olly Bridge took a bullet in the 2nd race gold feet.
Going into the final day of racing Sunday, Olly Bridge was in a combatable second with only 8 points away from first and 12 points in front of 3rd place Riccardo Leccese. Blasco Ozog moved up into second, 5 points away from 2nd.
The final day of racing consisted of 4 races with the top 10. The wind was blowing a steady 6-8 knots. Olly Bridge managed to score a 3,1,2,6 which translated into 2 nd place in the men's open and 2nd in the under 21's. Blasco Ozog managed to score a 5,DSQ,5,2. placing him in 5th overall. All in all, a great event for the NKB team!