Crathern flies to a fifth-place finish

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KITESURFER Lewis Crathern, from Worthing, finished fifth in the Red Bull King of the Air event in Cape Town, South Africa, earlier this month.

It was the first King of the Air event held in eight years, with 16 invited kiteboarders and eight wildcards taking part in the competition in front of more than 5,000 spectators.

Scored by the judging panel of kiteboarder Susi Mai, editor of Kiteworld Magazine Jim Gaunt and Greg Thijsse, they were judged on the height, creativity and style they executed their manoeuvres.

Crathern said: “I am so honoured to be invited to an event like this, the best guys in the world are here and we are pushing the limits of the sport together. I would have loved to have been on the podium but top five will do. It is definitely my goal now to win this event in the future.”

American Jesse Richman won the event, with Denmark’s Nick Jacobsen second, Great Britain’s Sam Light third and Netherlands’ Youri Zoon fourth.