Exmouth kitesurfers taking part in Morocco Youth Olympics trial action

PUBLISHED: 10:44 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:44 20 February 2018

Kite boarding off Exmouth

Kite boarding off Exmouth

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A group of Exmouth kitesurfers are in action this week in Morocco, competing for places in the GB team for the next youth Olympics.

Led by team manager and coach Steph Bridge from Exmouth-based Edgewatersports, the youngsters had b3n fundraising to get over to the Moroccan experience and are eternally grateful to the support they have received from local kitesurfers, businesses, Adventure Trust for Girls, Fat Face , the Exe Kiteboarders Club, the Virgin Armada Trust, the British Kitesurf Association and the Beach House.

Steph Bridge says: “Edgewatersports is extremely proud to have four of its students represented at this inaugural event and have high expectations that one of them can qualify their country for the youth Olympic games in Argentina this October [2018].

“For many years Edgewatersports has been coaching youngsters to kitesurf so it is no surprise that the four athletes chosen to trial for the GB team, all kitesurf and train in Exmouth.”

The young kiteboarders are: Eddie Hooper, Tom Bridge, Ben Daffin and Rachael Hooper and all are aged under 17, and all attend Exmouth Community College.

The teenagers will be in Morocco for the six days of slalom racing, similar to that seen on the snow board cross at the winter Olympics.

From the trials, one boy and one girl will qualify for the Youth Olympic Games and there are also places up for grabs at the World Championships being held in China from May 3 to 8, 2018.

You can follow the action live at www.twintipracing.com and also checkout the Edgewatersports FB page.


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