After three days of intense racing Swedish Adam Holm (20 year) is the new European Champion in Kona One. His younger sister Andrea (17 year) won the silver medal before Danish windsurfing legend Tim Aagesen.
A total of 69 sailors from eight nations competed during the three race days. The conditions varied from extreme light to strong and gusty winds. Adam Holm proved to master these conditions to perfection win an impressive five bullets out of eight races and a total score: 1-1-2-(3)-1-2-1-1.
– I am very happy. It’s my first gold in the Europeans and I value this highly. My racing has been very good throughout the weekend. It’s been the most demanding and rewarding Kona-championship for me, the gold medalist Adam Holm, comments.
Kona One is one of the fastest growing windsurfing classes in the world and part of ISAF. It is a one type class where all sailors have identical boards and men and women compete together. The same sail is used in all conditions and size according to weight, to give as fair conditions as possible. It is further a non-pumping class.
Sweden has a strong Kona One-team and has won several international titles over the last few years. The two major talents are young Adam and Andrea Holm. Already at the age of 18, Adam won his first World Championship in 2012 at the Canary Islands.
– My main focus now is Rio 2016 in the RS:X-class. The result here at the Kona Europeans has given me extra energy which I will use for the rest of the season, Adam continues.
17 year old Andrea Holm won the silver after three bullets. Already last year she delivered strongly with a win in both the senior and junior Kona Swedish nationals. She was also close to winning the Kona Worlds in Canada.
– I am extremely content with my sailing. Everything has worked really well during the Europeans. It’s great fun to race with the guys. My main goal now is the Kona Worlds in Florida in November where I’m aiming for a medal, Andrea Holm comments.