A SEA of kitesurfing Santas will fly along the coast in an expected record-sized fleet for the 10th Redkite Downwinder on Saturday.
KiteboardingWA president Drew Norton and vice-president Becky Bury resurrected the event after a hiatus of several years to help children with cancer.
They anticipate at least 70 kitesurfers could help raise more than $10,000 for the charity, after previous events raised up to $6000.
“We anticipate a record entry this weekend because the COVID-19 cancellation of the Lighthouse to Leighton kitesurfing race from Rottnest Island,” Ms Bury said.
Downwinder participants will take an inshore route from Leighton to Trigg beaches, past Cottesloe, Floreat and Scarborough, from 1.30pm.
The 2018 annual Rottnest Island to Leighton Kiteboard race. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The Sunday Times
Many will zig-zag on their boards, some jumping near the beach, to enjoy riding the waves on the 17km route.
“So anyone on the coast will see a spectacle of many kites piloted by Santas passing on the waves and in the air,” Ms Bury said
Entries costing $25, with one-off insurance at $60, can be made at kiteboardingwa.org.au.