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The RS:X (Men) Olympic Class - Men's Windsurfer

Replacing the Mistral, the NeilPryde RS:X was the new windsurfing equipment used at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

A strict one-design class sailed by both men and women, the RS:X is the only boat that will bring the sailor into direct contact with the air and sea.

The board, shaped by Jean Bouldoires, is a true crossover board in that it makes the best compromise between traditional raceboard sailing and exciting “Formula” racing. The RS:X sail performs exceptionally well in both planing and non-planing conditions and has been designed for easy handling. The difference between the Men's and Women's classes is the sail size, 9.5m2 for Men and 8.5m2 for Women.


RS:X(Men) - Stats

Designer Neil Pryde Ltd
Year Designed 2004
LOA 2.86 m (9 ft 5 in)
Beam 0.93 m (3 ft 1 in)
Mainsail Area 9.5 m2 (102 sq ft)
Board Volume 231 l (51 imp gal; 61 US gal)
Mast Height 5.2 m (17 ft)
Hull Weight 15.5 kg (34 lb)
Crew 1
Olympic Debut 2008 - Beijing, China
Class Association


British Olympic Windsurfing Medals

London 2012 Nick Dempsey   Silver 
Athens 2004 Nick Dempsey Bronze


London 2012 Olympic Games Top 3

Gold Dorian Van Rijsselberge  Netherlands (NED)
Silver Nick Dempsey  Great Britain (GBR)
Bronze Przemyslaw Miarczynski  Poland (POL)

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Top 3

Gold Tom Ashley New Zealand (NZL)
Silver Julien Bontemps France (FRA)
Bronze Shahar Zubari Israel (ISR)


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