2012 KONA WORLDS – MASPALOMAS
1. Adam Holm (SWE)
2. Tim Aagesen (DEN)
3. Dennis Winstanley (AUS)
1. Andrea Holm (SWE)
2. Jorunn Horgen (NOR)
3. Dominique Vallée (CAN)
The 2012 Kona Worlds were held in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria. Organized by Pantai Surf School, Nov 2-7, 2012.
After one bronze and two silvers at the last three Kona Worlds, 18-yr old Swede Adam Holm finally stepped on top of the podium this year! The final two races were nerve-wracking for Adam:
“I was very nervous for obvious reasons,” he said afterwards. “In the first race of the afternoon, I started close to Tim Aagesen at the pin. On the first upwind leg I felt that I had the speed and this released all my nervousness. The wind picked up and I felt that these were my conditions. Bit by bit I moved my way up through the field and on the second upwind leg I was in the lead! In the second race, everything went my way. I took an early lead which I never let go of. The feeling when I crossed the finishing line was unbelievable. Finally, I had reached my goal after being so close in previous championships.”
Back on shore the new champion was carried on his board by his teammates, friends and family all the way to the podium, celebrating his impressive sailing over the seven races this week. Danish windsurfing legend Tim Aagesen finished second to back up his world title last year, and Australian Dennis Winstanley won the bronze medal after an impressive last day.
Adam’s young sister Andrea Holm, only 16 years old, took the women’s title and finished fifth overall, well ahead of Norway’s first lady of windsurfing Jorunn Horgen who still finished in the top-10 overall at her first Kona Worlds! Third woman was Canadian Dominique Vallée, who showed the quality of her Olympic sailing skills when the wind picked up. She also took the baton from this year’s organizer Marcos Perez and is inviting everyone to next year’s Championships on her home waters in Quebec, Canada!