Not held in other editions
| Event type

Windsurfer (Lechner Division II), Open

Date20 – 27 September 1988
LocationBusan Yachting Center, Busan (Course Bravo)
Participants45 from 45 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Windsurfing had been a men-only event at the 1984 Olympics, although women contested a demonstration version. The 1984 board chosen was the windglider, but it was never used again at the Olympics. In 1988 windsurfing was titularly contested as a mixed event, but no women competed. Women would compete for the first time in windsurfing as a medal sport at the 1992 Olympics. The 1988 event was contested on Lechner Division II boards, which were a round-bottomed board with a 6.5 metre sail.

New Zealand’s Bruce Kendall had won the bronze medal in men’s windsurfing at the 1984 Olympics. In Busan he won two races and was steady throughout, and after six races, did not need to start the final race to win the gold medal. He did anyway, placing ninth, and mounted the podium’s top step. The worst day for the sailors was race five, with winds up to 25 knots and large waves, and only 19 of the 43 sailors finished. The 1988 bronze medalist, American Mike Gebhardt would improve to a silver medal at Barcelona in 1992.

The silver medal went to Jan Boersma of the Netherlands Antilles. In 2008 Churandy Martina of the same nation initially finished second in the men’s athletics 200 metres, but he was then disqualified for running out of his lane. This left Boersma’s silver in this event as the only Olympic medal ever won by the Netherlands Antilles, and will remain so, as it was dissolved as a separate entity by the Netherlands in October 2010, and absorbed into that country.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
1Bruce KendallNZL35.450.4Gold
2Jan BoersmaAHO42.758.7Silver
3Mike GebhardtUSA48.065.0Bronze
4Bart VerschoorNED53.471.4
5Robert NagyFRA61.782.7
6Francesco WirzITA63.0115.0
7Jorge GarcíaARG70.188.1
8Carlos IniestaESP81.7114.7
9Jan BongaSUI81.7111.7
10Chris LawrenceAUS86.4109.4
11Thomas WallnerAUT91.0143.0
12Richard MyerscoughCAN97.2149.2
13Dirk MeyerFRG99.0131.0
14Simon GoodyGBR106.0133.0
15Roland MiloševićYUG112.7164.7
16George RebelloBRA124.0153.0
17Grzegorz MyszkowskiPOL128.7158.7
18Ryo AsanoJPN130.0156.0
19Luís CaliçoPOR132.0164.0
20Magnus TorellSWE132.0158.0
21Håkon Nissen-LieNOR139.0191.0
22Jiang ChenCHN141.6193.6
23Osvaldo AlcaidePUR162.0214.0
24Luke BaldaufISV174.0226.0
25Anan HohsuwanTHA178.0230.0
26Richard PazPHI192.0234.0
27Abdul Malik FaisalINA194.0246.0
28Tony PhilpFIJ196.0248.0
29Matthew ArneborgIVB212.0264.0
30Lee Han-ImKOR217.0269.0
31Eli FullerANT228.0280.0
32Didier GamerdingerMON228.0280.0
33Brian TalmaBAR230.0282.0
34İbrahim KakışTUR232.0284.0
35Jean-Paul Fleri SolerMLT246.0298.0
36Stelios GeorgousopoulosGRE247.0299.0
37Nikolay KravchenkoURS250.0302.0
38Nilo DzibMEX252.0304.0
39Sam WongHKG253.0305.0
40Robleh Ali AdouDJI255.0307.0
41Jan IriarteGUM262.0314.0
42Giovanni ContiSMR270.0322.0
43Vernon LaphamZIM282.0334.0
44Graham NumaPNG301.0353.0
45Mohamed Al-KaabiQAT312.0364.0