Max Rowe: Windsurfer of the Year 2016 by UKWA | Photo:

Max Rowe has been named Windsurfer of the Year 2016 by the United Kingdom Windsurfing Association (UKWA).

The freestyle windsurfer from Essex started sailing in the Mersea Island, and he competed for the first on the PWA World Tour in 2010. Last season, he finished 19th.

"I personally thought Ross Williams would grab it after the incredible performance he put together this year. 2016 has felt like a comeback year for me after a disappointing season of results in 2015, a sponsorship change and a broken ankle," explained Rowe.

"To be the first freestyler since my good friend and mentor Andy 'Bubble' Chambers to win this award also feels quite special and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his support and congratulate him on his on-going achievements in windsurfing."

Rowe had already been nominated three times for UKWA Windsurfer of the Year, but only nailed it this time. The British sailor will certainly improve his results in 2017.