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Steph Bridge (GBR)

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Factfile

Name Steph Bridge
Nation Great Britain
Date of Birth 14 July 1972
Place of Birth Exeter, Great Britain
Class sailed Formula Kiteboarding
Website http://www.team-bridge.com/ Twitter @stephbridgekite Click here for a photo gallery

At the 2014 Formula Kite Racing Worlds in Burc Beach, Turkey, Steph Bridge headed out onto the water with intent and focus as she aimed to regain her world title. The Briton was a force to be reckoned with from the word go, blasting her way around the rack track to take the opening bullet, one of six from the week. Bridge took the lead on the opening day and did not relinquish the position as she sealed her fourth world title.

Achievements between 1 September 2013 and 21 September 2014

1 - IKA Kite Course Racing World Championship
#2 2014 Formula Kite World Ranking

Q&A

What inspired you to take up sailing?

My father - Spud Rowsell (A racing dinghy boat builder who raced to a high level) We lived on the sea from a young age & everyone around me raced small dinghies..

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

International Cadet - aged 7.

Name your first sailing club

Exe Sailing Club

What was the first topper at the Anglian Water Junior Series at Hollowell event you competed in and in what year?

I was a crew in the cadet @ The national championships at Burnam-On Sea - 1981

What are you personal sailing career highlights?

Representing GB in the Cadet class from age 14/ University team Racing/ Starting & running a sailing school - Spinnakers sailing centre where I shared my love to many new & young people that have gone on to make sailing their sport & career. More recently - KiteRacing has been a superb way to continue my racing career in a massively evolving sport. Since having 3 boys, I have shared this experience - especially with the oldest who has taken kite racing to the next level at age 17. Regaining the world kite racing title for the 5th time this year was extra special .

What are your future sailing goals?

I would love to think that I can still represent GB at the Olympic Games - and my goal is to do this with one of our boys.

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

Many people - Michael Mc Namara was a superb coach & role model, my Father - Spud and my husband - Eric.

Who is your sailing hero?

Tricky one this - so many talents & huge achievements. In kite racing - Johnny Heineken and Adam Koch have been pushing the sport forward.

What other sports do you enjoy?

Kitesurfing, Kitefoiling, Snowkiting, Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding

What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?

Its an incredible moment to receive this nomination and I am still in shock. I take each day as it comes & try to do my best for the sport - lets see - Kite Racing has a huge future & in some way being recognised is really exciting for our growing sport.

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