Thailand dominates windsurfing championships in Pattaya

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Pattaya Mayor Sontaya Kunplome (right) presents a medal to one of the windsurfing champions.
Pattaya Mayor Sontaya Kunplome (right) presents a medal to one of the windsurfing champions.

Windsurfers from nine countries including South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Seychelles, the Philippines, and Thailand took part in the Thailand Windsurfing Championships & Pattaya International Windsurfing Cup, held at Jomtien Beach from January 17-20.

The contest turned out to be a showcase for Thai sailors who dominated proceedings, the exception being Lee Tae Hun from South Korea who won the men’s RSX title ahead of his compatriot Kim Yung Wan.

Sailors from nine countries pose for a group photo during the Thailand Windsurfing Championships held at Jomtien Beach in Pattaya from January 17-20.
Sailors from nine countries pose for a group photo during the Thailand Windsurfing Championships held at Jomtien Beach in Pattaya from January 17-20.

Thai number one Siriporn Kaewduangngam won the women’s RSX category while the youth RSX title went to Tiwa Wongyanghang.

The home nations achieved double success in the RS-One fleet with both Boonyarit Sungngan and Chonchaya Junthonglang displaying their sailing skills to the full and winning the men’s and women’s titles respectively.

The Techno 293 with 7.8sqm sail category was also a clean sweep for Thailand, with victories coming from Sorawith Khaochaon and Darin Meesaard while the youth levels saw wins by Kamolsilp Boonnak, Aanda Simarath and Teerawat Pumthong.

Pattaya Mayor Sontaya Kunplome was joined by his brother Itthiphol Kunplome, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports, to present trophies and medals to all the winners at a gala awards ceremony on January 20.

Windsurfers line up at the start of another race.
Windsurfers line up at the start of another race.