steve allen wins first windsurfing world championships

16:00    08 Jul 2019

Australian sailor Steve Allen has expressed his delight after winning the first Rehasport Formula Windsurfing Foil World Championships in Poland.

Every race counted at the Championships and the results changed frequently as the professional windsurfers from PWA World Tour competed against Formula Windsurfing champions and Olympic medalists.

It was Polish sailor Maciej Rutkowski and Allen, who battled it out until the final race with the latter claiming the title on Monday.

"This is the first time we ever had as many as 21 races for a single discipline at an event. It is amazing how many chances we have. You cannot do everything right in all these races, but mistakes are the key," Allen said.

"Sometimes you let yourself mentally slip and I was happy to come back when it counted. I took the lead then I lost it, I took the lead then I lost it.

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"What matters is being on top at the end. We have a lot of discards, so I wasn't really caring about my races where I was sixth, but as the event went on," he added.

"I made some stupid mistakes and thought that I should have been caring about each race and pushing all the way to the end. At the end it turned out well and I'm very happy.

"I've been so close to world titles since 2009 and I didn't have anything until 2018, when I won at the Formula Windsurfing Worlds and now with the foil.

"To win the first official title gives me power to continue my career a little longer."

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