Cesme, Turkey: a perfect playground for RS:X windsurfers | Photo: Vincenzo Baglione

The 2014 RS:X European Windsurfing Championships have kicked off in Cesme, Turkey.

A total of 227 windsurfers from all continents are gathered in one of the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey for a very important event.

With 39 nations are represented, there are 81 men and 52 women in the Senior division, and 67 boys and 27 girls in the Youth division. The opening day saw 16-knot winds blowing over the choppy waves of the Aegean Sea.

In the Men's fleet, Piotr Myszka scored three bullets in the green group, while Przemyslaw Miarczynski and Pawel Tarnowski shared bullets in the purple group.

Reigning European Champion Byron Kokkalanis was the only one who managed to break their domination and snatch a bullet in the opening race of the purple group.

In the Youth girls fleet, it was the Israeli Tibi Shahar that matched Myszka's performance and took the victory in all three races. The 2013 European champion in the Under 17 category has left Malle Guilbaud in second, and Imogene Sills in third.

Bryony Shaw had a steady performance that put her in the leading spot, but is soon to tell with another four racing days to follow. Maja Dziarnowska is on equal points with Marina Alabau while the defending European champion Charline Picon fell back in the scoreboard after a black flag disqualification during the last race.

Finally, in the Youth Men, Radoslaw Furmanski had some close battles with Artiom Javadav, but Furmanski kept top spot, with Javadav in second, and Yoav Omer in third.