Andreas Cariolou is a Cypriot Windsurfer competing in the Olympic Class RS:X.
He started windsurfing in 1997 and has been a Cyprus National Team Member since 1998. His first International Competition was in Athens Eurolymp 1998.
In 2003, he was the first Windsurfer in the history of Cyprus to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Since then and to this day he is a Cyprus Olympic team member. During his career, he won the Men’s Cyprus National championships for 13 consecutive years (2001-2013) (no nationals happened since 2013) and competed in 4 Olympiads:
Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016.
Some highlights from his International Windsurfing Career are:
1. A Bronze Medal from the 2005 Men World Championship;
2. 6th place in the European Championships of 2011;
3. Multiple medals from international competitions: Gold Medal A.S.A Games 2008, Eilat Israel, Gold Medal 2016 Greek Nationals Open, Silver Medal 2015, 2016, 2017 Athens Eurolymp week;
4. Finalist in numerous World Cup Events: Weymouth 2016, 47th Princesa Sofia trophy, Miami World Cup 2014
5. He rose up to 4th place in the world rankings.
Parallel to his windsurfing pursuits, he wanted to be a meteorologist as a teenager and was accepted in the Physics department of University of Athens in 2003 but paused his studies for qualifying for the Olympics. Upon returning to his studies after the Olympic games, he struggled with the educational system of Greece with the strikes and no consistency in the exams program, so because of his athletic goals he changed direction, moved back to Cyprus and finished his BBA in Sports Management in University of Nicosia in 2008.
He is currently in preparation for the World Championships to be held in Denmark in 2018, where there will be a tough competition for 11 Olympic qualification spots for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
This preparation includes competing in World Sailing’s World Cup which took place on the 17th of October 2017 in Gamagori, Japan and then in Hyeres, France in April 2018 as well as many other international competitions and training camps along the way.