Please select your home edition
Edition
C-Tech 2021 America's Cup 728x90 TOP

Kona Worlds 2019 at Lake Garda is about to kick-off

by Daniel Nordlund 14 Aug 2019 02:09 PDT 15-18 August 2019
Fleet - 2019 Kona World Championship © Magi Foster

Today the 14th Kona One World Championship is inaugurated in Torbole, Lake Garda. Altogether 72 racers from five continents and 14 countries will compete. Among the major favorites are 17-year-old American Alex Temko reigning champion, Dutch Huig-Jan Tak winner 2016 of both Kona Worlds and Kona U23 Worlds and Tim Aagesen from Denmark world champion in windsurfing disciplines.

17-year-old Alex Temko was the youngest Kona World Champion when he conquered the title last year in Clearwater, Florida.

"I am ready to defend my title. Garda is a beautiful place, very windy which is my favorite. But, I am ready for any conditions", says Alex Temko.

Among the other favourites is Dutchman Huig-Jan Tak. He was the winner of the Kona Worlds 2016 and Kona U23 Worlds in 2016.

"The competition this year is tougher than ever before with a very experienced fleet. But I am here to reclaim my title. The goal is set", says Huig-Jan Tak.

Among the other main favorites are Swedish Bjorn Holm with three previous golds in Kona Worlds and the Danish windsurfing legend Tim Aagesen. He has been conquered World Champion in Mistral, Kona One and Formula and has won the course race World Cup as professional.

The Championship is arranged by Circolo Surf Torbolo a well-reputed race organization that will also host the RS:X World Champions later this season.

"Welcome to all Kona competitors. We're looking forward to a fantastic event, both on the water and on land", says Armando Bronzetti, President of Circolo Surf Torbole.

The championship will begin with a tune-up race today followed by the opening ceremony tonight. First race day will be August 15 and the final August 18.

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.

For more information visit the event website.

Related Articles

EFPT Austria Surf Opening overall
Testa and Huvermann take their first event win in 2022 With the wind not filling in on the last day of the 2022 EFPT Surf Opening in Austria, the results are now official! Posted on 2 May
2022 EFPT Austria Surf Opening day 4
Never seen before tow-in moves! With no perspective on finishing the double elimination today, all eyes were on eight invited riders who were tasked with being as creative as they could be with their board and sail. Posted on 1 May
2022 EFPT Austria Surf Opening day 3
Tricks for cash as chances for finishing the double crash Tow-in action on the third day of the 2022 EFPT Surf Opening in Austria. All hopes for finishing the double were quickly shattered and a long cooldown after an action packed previous day began. Posted on 29 Apr
2022 EFPT Austria Surf Opening day 2
Testa and Huvermann take the single elimination win Full on action at the second day of the EFPT Surf Opening in Austria! Eleven hours of competition culminated in two official results and some significant progress in the double eliminations on both fleets as well. Posted on 28 Apr
2022 EFPT Austria Surf Opening day 1
No results, but not for a lack of trying The first day of the 2022 Freestyle Pro Tour season saw tricky winds at the edge of competing possibility. The conditions lead to a lack of results on the scoreboards at the 2022 Surf Opening, but not for a lack of trying. Posted on 27 Apr
Impressive progress at the first Rookie Camp
Rautnik wins a board in Austria The first edition of the 2022 Rookie Camps saw impressive progress from all participants. With two action packed days under the watchful eye of head coach Dieter van der Eyken (Severne), the rookies will surely remember this weekend for years. Posted on 26 Apr
The 2022 Big Wave Awards
The riders. the waves. the dream. In a stunning marquee laid out beautifully on an open green field up in Haiku, with glorious views over the West Maui Mountains' sunset, the best big wave riders on earth. Posted on 25 Apr
EFPT Surf Opening Austria preview
What to expect during the EFPT Surf Opening in Austria The legendary freestyle windsurfing event on lake Neusiedl is back! Since 1998 the best Freestyle Windsurfers in the world travel down to the Austrian water sports capital to compete in the European Freestyle Pro Tour. Posted on 25 Apr
Windsurfer Islay Watson returns to Loch Insh
To launch new IQ Foil Project British Sailing Team windsurfer, Islay Watson, returned to her home club at Loch Insh to run a special masterclass for young windsurfers as part of a new RYA Scotland initiative. Posted on 25 Apr
2022 EFPT Spiagga Lunga in Vieste confirmed
Expect some mouthwatering action from Italy, as riders compete in the second stop of the tour This will be the first time riders return to the fantastic spot since the outbreak of the pandemic, and the first time that the Women's division will compete there as well! Posted on 17 Apr
Hella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 1 jpg BottomLloyd Stevenson Catalyst 45 728x90px3 BOTTOMHyde Sails 2021 - Basic FOOTER