Francisco Birkner: winners have white teeth

Francisco Birkner and Martin Berardo have claimed the Techno 293 and Raceboard titles, at 2014 South American Windsurfing Championship held in Lake Potrerillos, Argentina.

The Argentinian windsurfer qualified his country for the Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing, with the perfect score of 10 before the 12th and final race.

Silver and Bronze positions on the podium were also determined. Lars van Sommeren took the final championship bullet and was followed over the line by Geronimo Nores.

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Pierre le Coq: feeling sleepy after winning

Pierre le Coq and Charline Picon have sailed to victory at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, in Spain.

Le Coq fended off a final assault from race winner Byron Kokkalanis. The Greek was devastatingly quick on the final downwind as he used every last ounce of strength he had left. But the French secured first place.

"The medal race was really close and we were fighting a lot with all the other guys. The positions were close right up until the last downwind so it was a nice fight. I didn't have a very good start but I used my speed and came back up so I kept my first place," says Le Coq.

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Long distance windsurfing: speed is not everything

Long distance windsurfing marathons are a test to the sailors' overall fitness level. Speed is not everything.

When you're trying to win a long distance windsurfing race, you must be comfortable upwind, in order to sail for one hour.

In these challenges, you cannot prepare yourself and gear for reaching the highest top speed through the 50 kilometers. It's all about having the best average top speed, with a trim that allows you not to be exhausted after one race.

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