Kiwi windsurfers Barbara KENDALL and Tom ASHLEY came out on top at the RS:X New Zealand Championships, which concluded yesterday off Takapuna Beach, North Shore City.
has won the New Zealand women's windsurfing title more times than even she can count, but few would be more satisfying than this year with the level of competition on the water. With the RS:X World Championships now less than one month from kick-off, Takapuna is awash with top international windsurfers and 35 women from 15 countries took part in the weekend's nationals to get a taste of what Takapuna will offer in January.
KENDALL's long-time rival Alessandra SENSINI
of Italy proved to be the Kiwi legend's toughest opponent on home waters, but it was KENDALL who prevailed on the final two days of the three day regatta to take the championship. SENSINI was second and Romy KINZL
of Germany was third.
Just one point separated KENDALL and SENSINI at the close of competition yesterday. After eight races in total, KENDALL finished with 15 points including five race wins, while SENSINI finished with 16 points.
came through on top in the men's division which was contested by 48 windsurfers from around the globe. However it didn't come easily for ASHLEY either, whose winning margin at the conclusion of the regatta was a narrow two points over Julien BONTEMPS
of France. Casper BOUMAN
of (NED) was also in the hunt for the title but ended up five points adrift of BONTEMPS in third place.
The men sailed nine races over the three day event in which Ashley clocked up four race wins, never finishing outside the top seven places.
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