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.


Kiri Thode: breaking the law of gravity

Kiri Thode and Sarah-Quita Offringa have been crowned King and Queen of the Caribbean, after winning the 2014 PWA Bonaire World Cup.

The final day of competition saw light winds hitting the acrobatics arena. In the Men's division, and after having defeated Steven Van Broeckhoven and Amado Vrieswijk, Jose "Gollito" Estredo was the only person standing in the way of Kiri Thode.

In the super final, the Venezuelan was couldn't stop Thode from claiming the double elimination, and the overall event rankings. The Bonairean claimed the first victory of the year.


Xavier Ferlet: big in the USA

Xavier Ferlet swept the Formula Windsurfing and Slalom titles, at the 2014 US Windsurfing National Championships, held in Lake Okabena, Worthington.

The competition was run in five days. The last races saw the sun and 17-20 knots of wind invading the regatta field. Christophe Waerzeggers was the only windsurfer that could really beat Ferlet.

But Xavier was unstoppable. Despite a few mistakes, he completely dominated the races of the 2014 US Windsurfing Nationals.