RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships in USA for first time
Published on October 13th, 2014
More than 85 competitors from 20 nations and 4 continents have already registered for the 2014 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship, to be held October 20-25 in Clearwater, Florida.
“Windsurfing has been an Olympic sport for thirty years,” said Jerome Samson, President of United States Windsurfing. “The worldwide youth pipeline has never been this strong. We’re absolutely delighted to welcome the best young windsurfers in the world to the US. This is the birthplace of our sport, after all. We are all looking forward to a spectacular event!”
These championships are limited to Olympic Class athletes 18 years old and younger. Last year’s competition took place in Civitavecchia, Italy, and the World Champions from last year are back to defend their titles: Marta Maggetti in the girls’ division and Mattia Camboni in the boys’ division. Both are already competing against adults and are coming to Clearwater fresh off high-flying performances at the ISAF World Championships in Santander, Spain – but, that’s no guarantee of victory in Florida! In fact, the full girls’ podium from last year is back with Hadar Heller from Israel and Maelle Guilbaud from France, eager to top their previous performance even with many other high ranking competitors ready to challenge them.
The countries that are on the entry list thus far include: Aruba, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Estonia, Spain, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and the US, with more expected to sign up in the days to come.
The event’s Principal Race Officer will be R. Fairlie Brinkley, Dunedin, FL, US Sailing Association Regional Race Officer. The International RS:X Class will be represented by Executive Secretary Andrus Poksi (Estonia), Course Representative Eva Jodlowska (Poland) and Class Measurer Raul Pasqualin (Brazil). The event will also benefit from the experience of a world-class International Jury, chaired by Chris Watts (Great Britain) and including Ann Newton (US), Henry Moore (US), Walter Mielke (Germany) and Luca Babini (Italy).
Event website: http://www.rsxclass.com/youthworlds2014
Report by event media.