With great sadness, the IWA announces the untimely passing away yesterday of our very special friend and leading light, Ceri Williams, following a brief and staunch battle with his illness. Our thoughts go to his beloved wife Teri, to his sons Ross, Aaron, and Scott, and to his grandchildren.

Ceri is remembered for his great friendships, his unfailing work ethic, his generous smile, and his willingness to always go beyond the call of duty. He was selfless, time and time again, also taking difficult decisions in the best interest of many windsurfing constituencies.  [more]Key to the development of our sport, he was hugely successful in growing the junior Techno class into the great success it is today at the foundation of our sport. Equally successful in supporting the continuing inclusion and growth of windsurfing at the Olympics. Remembered by countless organisers for his endless energy at the hundreds of events he shaped and attended. And never taking the praise. A true gentleman and very good friend. He will be remembered with great affection by the windsurfing community and organisations worldwide.

Ceri dedicated his life to the sport we all love. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.