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Gun Okato windsurfer cleans up

Okato's James Dinnis has beaten the best windsurfers in the United States.

The Taranaki man yesterday won the open men's event at the US windsurfing championships at the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, taking out seven of the 11 races.

"He was pretty stoked when I talked to him this morning," his wife, Vanessa, said. "But he couldn't take the title because he wasn't an American.

"The title was awarded to the winner of the grand masters division ... he was the American with the highest points over the 11 races."

She said her husband was rapt that three of the top 10 in the open men's division were on Carbon Art boards produced at Dinnis' factory in Okato.

The business Carbon Art International specialises in designing and manufacturing windsurfing boards.

"He was pretty confident heading over there. He had 10 days in Maui before the champs windsurfing every day and then a couple of days in Oregon before the champs," she said.

"He's back on Thursday and will be catching up on work. He's hoping to go to Australia in September/October for some demo days and maybe do some racing."

Earlier this year, Dinnis took out the open men's slalom grade at the New Zealand championships on Otago Harbour, winning a staggering 20 of the 21 races over four days.

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