Ricardo Santos triumphs at the 2018 North American Windsurfing Championships

May 31, 2018 | Windsurfing
Ricardo Santos: sailing in the transparent waters of Cancun | Photo: NAWC

Ricardo Santos conquered 2018 RS:X North American Windsurfing Championships in Cancun, Mexico.

The Brazilian windsurfer dominated the competition and won eight of the ten races. Santos imposed his Olympic experience over Ignacio Berenguer and Geronimo Nores.

The event attracted 57 athletes from eight countries, and they all fought for a place in the Pan-American Games and Youth Olympic Games.

"The place is beautiful, we had a great organization, and warm water. I'm super happy to be here again and, of course, thrilled with the result. I'm here to have fun," expressed Ricardo Santos.

"I fell in love with windsurfing when I saw it for the first time, It has been this way since then. When somebody beats me in Brazil, I'll stop. Otherwise, I'll keep going."

Ricardo Winicki Santos, 38, competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games. Now, he is focusing on his coaching career, and working with the Brazilian youth team.

"My way of coaching is different, so I spend a long time on the windsurf board. I'm always in the water, testing and comparing. I love windsurfing. The decision to stop is a hard one."

In the Women's RS:X division, Mexican sailor Demita Vega narrowly beat out American windsurfer Farrah Hall.

"This personal achievement is thanks to a much larger number of people who have given me their support with a lot of love since I mentioned the words: 'I'm pregnant,'" said Vega.

Alex Torres Rinaldelli and Joanna Diego (Techno 293 Plus), Edoardo Di Stefano and Jennifer Martinez (Techno 293), and Adolfo De La O Tun (RS:X Youth) were also crowned 2018 North American champions.

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