Santas kite down coast for charity

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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.

Pictured is the annual Rottnest Island to Leighton Kiteboard race.135 kite boarders from Perth, across Australia and around the world will be aiming to beat the record of 19 minutes 3 seconds set in 2016 at Leighton Beach, Perth. Guy Bridge wins with a new record of 18.49. Picture: Ross Swanborough. 081218The 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.