Kona One Worlds 2019 at Lake Garda
Published on August 14th, 2019
The 14th Kona One World Championship has gathered 72 racers from five continents and 14 countries to compete August 15 to 18 on Lake Garda in Trento, Italy.
Among the major favorites are 17-year-old reigning champion Alex Temko (USA); Huig-Jan Tak, (NED), 2016 winner of both Kona Worlds and Kona U23 Worlds; and Tim Aagesen (DEN), World Champion in Mistral, Kona One and Formula and has won the course race World Cup as professional.
“I am ready to defend my title,” said Temko, who was the youngest Kona World Champion when he won the title last year in Clearwater, Florida. “Garda is a beautiful place, very windy which is my favorite. But, I am ready for any conditions.”
Sanctioned by World Sailing, Kona One is a fast-growing windsurfing class, attracting both young talents and experienced sailors with long windsurfing careers. It is a one-design class where all sailors use identical boards.
One sail is used in all conditions, and its size is a function of the sailor’s body weight—making it possible for everyone to race together. Pumping is not allowed in this class of windsurfing, placing the emphasis on true sailing skills and tactics.
Source: Daniel Nordlund