Caedon, Year 7 student at Eaton Square Senior School was selected to represent GBR at the Techno 293 Windsurfing World Championships held in Quiberon, France during his summer holidays. As part of a strong GBR Team Caedon raced in the Under 13 Class within the Techno 5.8m Fleet.
Training for this event started over the cold winter months, sourcing all equipment and race clothing, hours on the water in all weathers and in the classroom listening to lectures as well as physical land training and eating nutritionally!
All his race equipment, tool kits and spares had to be packed in detail at home before being driven to the pre-event training. During registration days all equipment is measured on site by the ratified measurer and certified legal to use, all clothing is checked for safety and boards must be signed off using serial numbers. This all built to 7 days of intensive competition with up to 4 races per day against the best of best from around the globe.
Caedon kept consistent in his results even across different course styles and wind conditions showing true commitment to his sport on the water. Race days take stamina with early starts in the rain and patience is required waiting for optimum race conditions.
His determination and focus paid off finishing 4th 11-year-old in the World, 25th overall and 2nd British windsurfer in the Under 13 Class. As one of the youngest in the Worlds Team Caedon has an exciting future ahead of him!
Caedon was then invited by pro windsurfer Taty Frans, to attend the Bonaire Windsurfing Association’s youth racing. He had to learn a completely different slalom style of racecourse where he used a specialized slalom sail and board.
On race day Caedon was also lucky enough to meet one of the most successful athletes in the World, Bjorn Dunkerbeck, who has won the Professional Windsurfers Association Overall World Championships a record 42 times and is now inspiring the next generation of PWA hopefuls in Bonaire!