- 07 March 2013 | Windsurfing
Nick Dempsey has been crowned the 2013 RS:X World Windsurfing champion, in Búzios, Brazil.
The Olympic silver medal winner is now the first windsurfer to ever win two RS:X Windsurfing World Championship titles.
The 32-year-old Dempsey sailed in the final medal race with a nine-point lead over Dutchman Dorian Van Rijsselberge, the 2012 Olympic champion.
"After the Olympics, I didn't know if I wanted to carry on. I didn't know if I still had it in me. But windsurfing is what I love, I love doing it", revealed Nick Dempsey.
"This trip has been great preparation for Rio and I think it's going to suit me there. It's going be slightly lighter in Rio than here, but I'm one of the smaller guys in the fleet so hopefully that will work in my favour".
The medal races of the 2013 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships got underway with light winds, but they eventually evolved to 12-knot shifty and gusty conditions.
Dempsey had a slower start in the 10-board finale, but sailed a superb second upwind leg to move back through the fleet and maintain his hold on the gold medal.
Israeli sailor Lee-El Korsiz is took the third RS:X World Championships title. " I am very happy, it's my third consecutive title and now I'll have to do one more tattoo", added Korsiz.
2013 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships Results:
1. Nick Dempsey, GBR, 30 points
2. Dorian Van Rijsselberge, NED, 37 points
3. Byron Kokkalanis, GRE, 49 points
4. Ricardo Winick, BRA, 53 points
5. Piotr Myszka, POL, 57 points
1. Lee-El Korsiz, ISR, 44 points
2. Bryony Shaw, GBR, 60 points
3. Maayan Davidovich, ISR, 67 points
4. Tuuli Petaja-Siren, FIN, 71 points
5. Charline Picon, FRA, 77 points