Nick Dempsey: eyeing the gold medal in Rio 2016 | Photo: Rio 2016

Six of the 12 planned races for the RS:X windsurfing fleet in Rio 2016 have been completed. And Nick Dempsey has been unstoppable.

The British sailor, 36, had a perfect start on the first day of competition and won three races at Guanabara Bay.

"I was just nervous about something not going right, but it went so well. In the last race, the breeze dropped a few bombs on the course. It caught a few people out, a few people did well out of it, and I managed to hold on to second, which was probably the best bit of the day," explained Nick Dempsey.

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Steering: learn how to change the trajectory of your windsurf board | Photo: Carter/PWA

There are many ways of changing the movement of the board in windsurfing. You can tack, jibe, turn 180 degrees, and steer the rig to guide your windsurfer in a different direction.

Steering is a basic windsurfing technique. You will need to master the art of steering to make subtle changes in trajectory while sailing. Always remember that the board will respond to the combination of your body and sail positions.

In windsurfing, steering is nothing more than just tilt the sail toward the front or back of your board. As a result, you will steer away from the wind (bearing away) or toward the wind (luffing up).

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Boujmaa Guilloul: attakcing the lip in Punta San Carlos | Photo: AWT

Boujmaa Guilloul and Sarah Hauser have taken out the Baja Desert Showdown 2016, in Punta San Carlos, Mexico.

The third stop on the 2016 American Windsurfing Tour (AWT) is a turning point in the season and, with only two stages to go, small changes in the leaderboard mean valuable points.

Four specialists made it to the final of the Pro Men's division - Jake Schettewi, Kevin Pritchard, Joey Sanchez, and Boujmaa Guilloul. Jake was the first to draw blood, but Guilloul promptly answered with his trademark airs and turns.

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