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Youth World Championship Success

TOM BRIDGE IS CROWNED KITESURF YOUTH WORLD FREESTYLE CHAMPION

Bay of roses on the Costa Brava in Spain was the venue for the PKRA  Kitesurf youth world championships from 2-6th July. Ideally situated with daily thermal onshore winds & the event run from a huge campsite which was also the sponsor Рcamping la Ballena Alegre.

Age categories were 8-14 and 14- 16 in boys and girls which meant there were 4 world titles up for grabs.

17 countries were represented with 45 riders registered for this youth freestyle championships.

3 brothers from Exmouth represented GB and it was the youngest member- age 12 – Tom Bridge who bought home a new world Tittle for GB.

In a 5 day elimination battle, uy and Tom Bridge came from different sides of the freestyle ladder to eventually meet in the final for a superb close show with the judging now scoring 12 attempts of tricks & the best 5 counting. Age 12 Tom scored 35 points with his highest scoring move being 7.76 with a Double hinten-burger pass. This beat Guy on 20 points who at age 13 was riding powered but did not have enough technical tricks to beat his younger brother. Tom takes his first world tittle & shares the celebration with his brother who was super happy in 2nd place.

Day 4& 5 saw the 14- 16 category & the boys rode on their biggest kites. Execution continues to play a huge role in the overall result and it showed that many riders had been really working on this skill to show to the judges.

Youth race world champion & older brother- Ollie Bridge- age 15 had some bad luck in his heats and got kicked out of the single elimination so this put an end to this championship for him.

Check out some of the action from the event HERE