Dorian van Rijsselberge: taking gold in light winds | Photo: Renedo/Sailing Energy

Dorian van Rijsselberge and Bryony Shaw claimed the Sailing World Cup Miami 2016, held in Florida.

The first big regatta of the year had sunny skies, but the wind was never strong enough. The world's best RS:X windsurfers are getting ready and trained for the most important sports event on the planet: the Olympic Games, set for Rio de Janeiro, and commencing August 5th.

Van Rijsselberge had a lot of work to do in Miami. Pawel Tarnowski, who won four out of 11 races, alongside Nick Dempsey and Aichen Wang, made sure the Dutch would have to fight hard to taste the gold medal.

"I like Miami and like racing here. I've been coming here for eight years now so I've got the place sorted and I enjoy racing here," expressed Dorian van Rijsselberge

Bryony Shaw also had to fight hard to win her third consecutive gold medal in Miami. The British sailor climbed from ninth to third in the final upwind of the medal race and finished ahead of Lilian De Geus.

"This week was about consistency. We had a lot of different winds this week, so I was happy to sail well in the light winds and strong winds. The focus for more has been on training to prepare for the World Championships," added Shaw.

The next event on the RS:X calendar is the World Windsurfing Championship, set to Eilat, in Israel, from 20th-27th February.

Sailing World Cup Miami 2016 | Top 5

Men
1. Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED)
2. Nick Dempsey (GBR)
3. Aichen Wang (CHN)
4. Pawel Tarnowski (POL)
5. Kiran Badloe (NED)

Women
1. Bryony Shaw (GBR)
2. Lilian De Geus (NED)
3. Peina Chen (CHN)
4. Patricia Freitas (BRA)
5. Stefania Elfutina (RUS)

Professional surfing is a highly competitive occupation. World title races are increasingly tight. And sometimes it all comes down to the wire.

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