Alexandre Cousin: the 2016 Formula Windsurfing world champion | Photo: Eric Bellande/FWWC

Alexandre Cousin has taken out the 2016 Formula Windsurfing World Championship, held in Praia da Vitoria, Azores, Portugal.

The Atlantic Ocean was once again the center stage for a Formula Windsurfing event. Despite attracting a relatively small number of competitors - only 25 windsurfers showed up - the organizers were able to run a total of seven races.

In the first day of competition, four races had four different winners - Casper Bouman, Janis Preiss, Alexandre Cousin, and Steve Allen. Windsurfers had to challenge the classic Atlantic swells to get their equipment gliding fast across the water.

On the second day, Cousin stepped up his game and sealed the deal with two bullets, and a third place in the last race. Koerdel managed to secure the silver medal, despite the attacks from Bouman, who finished third.

"I'm very happy with this result. I was not expecting it at all. I would like to thank Patrik Diethelm for the great board he has shaped for me, and especially for its new Formula 4 AirInside construction," expressed Cousin.

Formula Windsurfing was born in 1998, and it is an officially-recognized International Class by World Sailing since 2001.

2016 Formula Windsurfing World Championship | Top 10

1. Alexandre Cousin (FRA-752)
2. Sebastian Koerdel (GER-220)
3. Casper Bouman (NED-52)
4. Miguel Martinho (POR-5)
5. Janis Preiss (LAT-23)
6. Steve Allen (AUS-0)
7. Michal Polanowski (POL-16)
8. Nicolas Prien (GER-7)
9. Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG-3)
10. Malte Reuscher (GER-7777)

2016 Formula Windsurfing Championship: Alexandre Cousin challenges the Azorean swells | Photo: Eric Bellande/FWWC