Thais dominate windsurfing championships


Thai windsurfers dominated the recent Thailand Windsurfing Championships & Pattaya International Windsurfing Cup, an important warm-up for the Asian Windsurfing Championships in month’s time.

Pattaya City Manager Wuthipol Charoenpol opened the April 21-23 competition at Jomtien Beach for athletes from Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and South Korea.

Windsurfers from 10 nations pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the Thailand Windsurfing Championships & Pattaya International Windsurfing Cup, Sunday, April 23.

The event – featuring RSX men’s and women’s races, Techno boys and girls, men’s and women’s slalom, and a junior’s competition – was seen as a test before the regional championships in Malaysia.

Thais finished first in five of the brackets, including perennial RSX champ Siriporn Kaewduang-ngam jumping to, and finishing first in, the women’s slalom event.

The on-water competition was fierce and proved to be a valuable warm-up for the upcoming Asian Windsurfing Championships.

Overall, Thais took 12 of the top 15 places. Full results – first through third – were:

Junior: Nattaworn Sribuangam, Darin Mesaard, Passapong Leanglam.

RSX Men’s: Son Wi Won, South Korea; Orga Suladsana, Indonesia; Phattaradanai Geenin.

RSX Women’s: Krongkeaw Sakunfeang, Gittisak Samit, Sun Sabin of South Korea.

Techno Boys’: Edoado Tanas, Italy; Boonyarit Sanggoen; Darlon Chinhuiji, Malaysia.

Techno Girls’: Chonchaya Juntonglang, Alisa Ferragamo, Aticha Homraruen.

Slalom Women’s: Siriporn Kaewduang-ngam, Saiadeen of Indonesia, Sarocha Phumprai.

Slalom Men’s: Nattapong Phonopparat, Nawin Singsart, Inla Bin Wahap of Malaysia.