Kona One: all sailors use identical boards | Photo: Kona Windsurfing

A total of 115 sailors from five continents will line-up for the 2014 Kona Windsurfing World Championships, in Islamorada, Florida, between October 31st and November 5th.

The largest Kona fleet of all time prepares to meet perfect weather conditions for high wind racing. The favorites are found on both sides of the Atlantic.

Among the North American favorites are Nevin Sayre, this year's North American Kona Champion and former Raceboard world champion, together with Dominique Vallée from Canada, PWA windsurfer and RS:X Pan American gold medalist in 2007.

On the European side, you'll find Danish windsurfing legend Tim Aagesen, who has won a number of world championships in the last three decades, and Swedish rider Bjorn Holm, the 2013 Kona world champion.

Also attending the Floridian event is Andrea Holm, 18, who won the silver medal in the Kona Europeans earlier this summer, and was close to winning the Kona Worlds last year.

Kona One is a one design class where all sailors use identical boards. One sail is used in all conditions. Body weight differences are equalized accordingly with sail size to give as fair conditions possible, relying on true sailing skills and tactics by the elimination of pumping.

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