Gal Fridman has made a fantastic comeback to top level windsurfing, after he stopped competing due to an illness just before the 2000 Olympic Regatta, instead turning his hand to cycle racing.
He returned to the windsurfing circuit after about twelve months and to his previous winning form, claiming the ultimate prize in December 2002 in the form of a World Championship title. Prior to this, he notched up a second place at the European Championship in September and has gone on to finish in top three positions in each of the ISAF Graded Events entered.
The ISAF World Championships further marked Gal's skill at the top, claiming the Bronze Medal on the final day. In February 2003, Gal achieved the number one spot on the ISAF World Rankings, before flirting between the top three places, and is currently ranked seventh.
The Achievements of Gal Fridman
2nd - Mistral European Championship, September 2002 - Grade 1
1st - Mistral World Championship, December 2002 - Grade W
2nd - Semaine Olympique Francaise, May 2003 - Grade 1
4th - Mistral European Championship, May 2003 - Grade 1
2nd - Athens Regatta, August 2003 - Ungraded
3rd - 2003 ISAF World Championship - Mistral, September 2003 - Grade W
ISAF World Sailing Rankings - Windsurfer Men - Mistral One Design (1 October 2003) = 5
|Date of Birth
|Place of Birth
|ISAF Sailor ID
|Age started sailing
|First boat sailed
|First boat raced
|What inspired you to take up sailing?
|How did you buy your first boat?
|Which was your first sailing club?
|What are your future sailing aspirations?
||An Olympic Gold medal
|Briefly state what sailing means to you
|What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing?
||Mountain bike and road bike
|Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2003 means to you
||A lot of honour