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Charlotte Amalie
Wednesday, July 24, 2024


Sept. 24, 2002 – If you happen to follow the international sport of boardsailing, you might already have seen a familiar face on the front page of the Formula Windsurfing Web site.
It's the face of Devon Boulon, a 20-year-old St. John resident who's making the rounds of the professional Formula Windsurfing Circuit this year.
"I'm proud of him. He's a good kid and doing real well," his father, V.I. National Park chief of interpretation Rafe Boulon, said.
Boulon's mother, Kimberly, and brother, Revel, round out the family.
On the upper right corner of the Web site main page, click on the sun-dappled mug shot of Boulon (shown here), and you'll get an in-depth look at the Virgin Islands athlete, replete with a bigger version of the movie star-style photo and a couple of action shots on the water.
Currently participating in the Formula Windsurfing World Championships in Sylt, Germany, Boulon is in 10th place in a field of 96 men.
He recently finished 11th in the Euro Cup Series. More important, he finished in first place in that competition in the Under-21 age group. His dad hopes this will help convince sponsors to come forward with the money he needs for expenses, along with the equipment they now provide.
Rafe Boulon said that while he has helped some with the expenses, most of that help has been in the form of loans that his son has worked hard to pay back. Devon even says in his autobiography on the Web site that he took a job with a painting contractor to support his windsurfing habit.
He competed in as many races around the Caribbean as his funds would allow. He won the U.S. Junior National Championship in 2000, placed fourth in the Formula men's competition at the U.S. National Championships in 2001, and came in fifth at the U.S. Nationals in 2002. This is his first year competing on the international circuit.
Devon says he hopes to pose a threat to the top five male windsurfers in the world.
His dad explained that Formula racing calls for all racers to use production windsurfing boards, rather than customized equipment. "It really levels the playing field," Rafe Boulon said.
Devon started boardsailing at age 14 when a friend showed him the ropes. The teen-ager, who was home-schooled by his parents, was immediately hooked, and a year later he placed third in the Junior World Championships held on St. Thomas.
"And after that," he says, "I decided that windsurfing might be what I wanted to do for a career."

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