Kona – Longboarding is back in town at the AOT KONA WINDSURFING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2006 (Pattaya, Thailand. 28th November to 3rd. December 2006 )
The Kona is the new allround longboard (funboard) from Exocet, the world champs have just finished..
The predicted North Easterly Monsoon winds kicked in at 7 in the morning, and everything looked promising – until it all died down when a local low pressure built up and disturbed the patterns. Consequently the results from day 3 are final. It was unfortunate, as we hoped for some exciting high wind races on the final day. Although the Kona rules allow for racing in all conditions, it was too shifty for the race committee to set a proper course, with 2 to 3 knots of wind constantly changing direction by 30 to 50 degrees.
The event was historical in many ways, there were competitors from 12 to 62 years of age – from 41 to 105 kilo – from professional PWA racers to fresh youngsters, all in one class. The first ever windsurfing World Champion from 1973, several veterans from the original Windsurfer class, the current Raceboard World Champion, an ex PWA wave champion, and three former Olympians competing along side upcoming young talents. It was the first International Kona one design event, and it was hosted in honor of the Thai king,- the worlds longest reigning monarch.
Navin Singsart, over-all winner;
“This was a great event for me. I did not start off that good, but as soon as tuned in, I improved a lot – and managed to finish off with a 2nd. and 1st. All the races were close and very exciting. This class is great – as it is easy and fair for all – but still challenging. Without pumping, everybody has a chance to win, and for the first time I was really enjoying light wind sailing.”