One-Design Creativity Award
Kent Marinkovic of Miami, FL
In August 2000, the US Windsurfing National Championship on Martha’s Vineyard was cancelled. Too late to reschedule, Kent came up with a solution. In conjunction with Adventure Sports, Kent provided 50 Techno (One-Design) windsurf boards for the Islamorada Pro-Am in the Keys. He convinced the event director that they could host the first ever US Windsurfing National Techno Championships.
Additionally, Kent sponsored a regional one-design Shortboard race series in the US. Some Techno boards were provided for these events at little or no cost. The male and female winners in each region were provided air transportation to the Pro-Am.
“Kent put together one of the best planned events in windsurfing history,” wrote Renee Linkens, US Windsurfing Regional Director in her nomination letter, “Kent and his volunteers provided a truly magnificent Nationals venue.”
The year 2000 is the first year that US Windsurfing has achieved its mission to establish sanctioned events for National Championships in Open, One Design /Formula, Wave, and Freestyle and has crowned champions in each discipline. Windsurfing competition everywhere will forever be judged by the standard of this event.