2015 KONA WORLDS – BROUWERSDAM
1. Bjorn Holm (SWE)
2. Sil Hoekstra (NED)
3. Jonas Davidson Vittel (SWE)
1. Isis Hoekstra (NED)
2. Andrea Holm (SWE)
3. Ebba Einarsson (SWE)
The 2015 Kona Worlds took place in the hotspot of Brouwersdam, Holland. Organized by Brouwersdam Zeil and Surfcentrum. Sep 2-6, 2015.
After four days of intense racing in Brouwersdam, the legend Björn Holm (SWE) was crowned the 2015 Kona World Champion – his third world title in the class (after 2007 and 2013)! With six bullets in the high breeze, 16-year old Dutchman Sil Hoekstra was close, just three points behind in the overall rankings, but consistency paid off for Björn. The bronze medalist was Jonas Davidsson Vittel (SWE). Many of you will remember Jonas from his raceboard and Division II days (as a competitor but also as manufacturer!). Best woman and seventh overall was 17-yr old Isis Hoekstra, Sil’s sister and an upstart champion on the national Dutch team.
A total of 58 sailors competed during the four race days. The championship was sailed in demanding conditions: three of the four days had winds in the 22 to 28 knots range – and it was cold too!
“I am very happy,” said gold medalist Björn Holm. “This is my third world champion title and by far the toughest to conquer, with the highest level of competition. I have to admit that the final result would have been different with one more day of high winds!” Bjorn is no stranger to accolades. He started to compete internationally in the 1980s and represented Sweden at the 1984 Olympics.
Young Sil Hoekstra won all five races contested in the high breeze over the last two days of the event, and in the end it was a fatal OCS ruling that cost him the title. Sil is European Champion in RS:X Youth Under-17 and Under-19 and vice World Champion in RS:X Youth Under-17. “It feels really good,” he said afterwards. “All the people sailing together, that was a nice experience and a lot of fun!”
Bjorn Holm: “I am very happy! This is my third world champion title and by far the toughest to conquer, with the highest level of competition. I have to admit that the final result would have been different with one more day of high winds!”