Crathern soars to second in world tour event

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KITEBOARDER Lewis Crathern soared to second place in the Kite Boarder Cross World Tour stop in Dublin.

The Worthing competitor secured the runners-up spot in the two-day event last month, behind winner James Boudling and ahead of third-placed Richard Findell, to grab a share of the €5,000 prize pool between the trio.

The event has also whet the young daredevil’s appetite to compete in the Olympics in the future.

Inspired by the winter Olympic sport of boardercross, the KBC World Tour is a global competition open to both professionals and amateurs, where riders compete on the water in heats of four riders around a course of banked turns and jumps.

Crathern said: “I think this new discipline is incredible, it’s so exciting and it has reinvigorated my interest to compete in the Olympics one day.

“Not much I have ever done has got my adrenaline going like these fast races. We all start together on the start line and then it’s flat out to finish.

“What I like about these races is that you need to combine all your skills, jumping and wind knowledge and speed and turning.

“I would love to see an event like this take place in Worthing, we have the perfect conditions here.”

The 2014 tour is being hosted in France, Spain and Ireland.