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On the crest of a wave at El Médano 

All nationalities took to the podium as the World Windsurfing Championships came to a close at El Médano.

The weather conditions for the international event were perfect, with strong winds producing excellent waves and the sunshine attracting a huge crowd over the week.

Organisers were delighted with its success and feel it has once again helped to turn the spotlight on El Médano and Tenerife as a sporting venue.

The tournament was centred on the beach of El Cabezo, with the closing ceremony and prize-giving in the main plaza.

The awards were presented by Granadilla’s councillors for tourism and sport, Nuria Delgado Hernández and Marcos González Alonso as well as Björn Dunkerbeck, holder of 39 world titles in different forms of windsurfing. Also present were María Méndez, manager of Promotur; Jesús Morales, councillor for water for Tenerife Cabildo; and international event organisers, José Manuel Morales and Daniel Brunch.

On the podium were:

Juniors. Marc Pare (Spain); Noah Volcker Roche (Germany) and Romain Cordier (France).

Women: Daida and Iballa Ruano (Spain) and Sarah Quita Offringa (Aruba).

Men: Philip Koster (Germany), Thomas Traversa (France) and Victor Fernandez (Spain).

Nuria Delgado said Granadilla and in particular El Médano was a unique destination for holding events such as this.

“The south coast has the best facilities for windsurfing and water sports all year round and is a safe bet for any competition,” the councillor commented.

The windsurfing championships was a great sporting event with a global impact and it was hoped to host it again next year.

Competitors came from all parts of the world with 32 men and 16 women.

Action pictures courtesy of Professional Windsurfers’ Association (www.pwaworldtour.com) on which you can find all the details about events in the Canary Islands and worldwide.