2014 North American Windsurfing Championships: tight battles

Ricardo Santos and Maximo Nores have claimed the 2014 North American Windsurfing Championships, in Cancun, Mexico.

In the last day of windsurfing competition, there were three races for the Techno 293 sailors and a full complement of twelve for the RS:X fleets.

Right until the last race nothing was sure, well except maybe the RS:X Men and Women's champions. The American team had already secured the first qualifying place for the Youth Olympic Games but the fight for the second qualifying place went right down to the wire.

Mexico was ahead of Aruba by just one point with Puerto Rico behind by only two points, so it was a really close tough fight.

Mack Van Den Eerenbeemt came ashore triumphantly shouting "Aruba!" after taking all three bullets of the day with the wind in his favour, thus claiming the coveted second qualifying place for his country.

On the podium, American brothers Maximo and Geronimo Nores switched places again whilst fellow American Steven Cramer managed to cling on to the third place by just one point ahead of Mack.

First girl Mariana Aguilar maintained her overall 7th position even though she does better in lighter winds. She also qualified Mexico for a spot in the girls Techno 293 fleet, at Nanjing 2014.

In the RS:X fleets, Brazilian Ricardo Santos and Mexican Demita Vega are undisputed Men's and Women's Champions. In the 9.5, Mexican Ignacio Berenger took second place, pushing fellow countryman David Mier y Teran down to third.

Over in the 8.5 fleet the podium places belonged to Mexico. Nicole Level finished the championship with a flourish, seizing the last bullet and taking second place on the podium. Juan Varela, four points behind and third overall, was the first youth male.

Sixty-eight competitors from eight countries - USA, Aruba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru and Canada - took part in the North American Windsurfing Championships for the RS:X and Techno 293 classes.

2014 North American Windsurfing Championships Results:

Techno 293
1. Maximo Nores
2. Geronimo Nores
3. Steven Cramer

RS:X 9.5
1. Ricardo Santos
2. Ignacio Berenger
3. David Mier y Teran

RS:X 8.5
1. Demita Vega
2. Nicole Level
3. Juan Varela