20 year old Sebastian Kornum has entered the podium many times before in his young career. He has two youth world titles and numerous national and Nordic titles.
But, according to the blond Dane, it felt better than ever when he finished 8th in the pro packed fleet and was announced as the world's fastest lightweight at the Formula Worlds in Latvia.
107 windsurfers from 24 nations took part in the Formula Worlds in Liepaja, Latvia, that turned out to be one of the most successful events ever in the Formula history.
The large fleet was split into two qualifying groups with each having four qualifying races, making a gold fleet with the 54 best. Sebastian had no trouble qualifying for the gold fleet with constant results around top 10.
Many well known top riders found it more difficult to be top 54. Lots of new and very fast riders have entered the Formula scene lately, among them several experienced RS:X sailors, and that made it a challenge to finish even in the best half of the fleet.
"It was my first Formula Worlds as senior and I was prepared to fight for every single meter on the course. I made quite conservative starts opposite to my usual style where I often win a lot by going for the risky position, but I had lots of respect for the top riders in the fleet, at least in the beginning…
Starting in the middle of the line and with a 10.7 sail (where most pro riders use 12.0) I had to be very focused on the upwind angle and on the tactics, and it seemed to work quite well."
"My JP Formula Power with NeilPryde Racing EVO4 goes extremely well upwind and I rounded the first mark several times in the top 3",says Sebastian and continues: "Many riders on other board brands seemed confused about their boards and chose older models before the event, but I knew that my JP Power is fast in all conditions so I was totally relaxed on the choice of board".
"I was clearly going faster and faster each day of the event, probably because I learned a lot, and also got more relaxed and motivated when I saw that I could actually catch up with the best. One Formula sailor that has always inspired me is my team friend Micah Buzianis who is no doubt one of the best in the world. We had good battles on the course and I am sure he is still better than me overall, but his friendly words to me after the races – even after I had beaten him – certainly proves that he is a great sportsman, and they motivated me a lot. I was also happy to see that a lot of other competitors commented my sailing with positive words."
74,9 kilos said the scale. A hundred grams more, and the title as the world's fastest Formula lightweight would have gone to Poland's Mroczynski Wojciech instead. Sebastian's normal body weight is 73 kilos but because of the FW Worlds, he had gained as much weight as possible. After returning to Denmark, he will go back to normal body weight and focus on the next big event – the PWA World Cup in the home spot Klitmøller.
And the future plans for the young Dane?
"I will focus on windsurfing for the next couple of years, but I don't believe in a career as a full time pro windsurfer. In order to finance my lifestyle I will work hard for my external sponsorships and also help Neilpryde Scandinavia with their work on the sport. That means club demos, sales presentations, promo work on websites and a number of events for kids throughout the season. I will also coach other windsurfers who may be interested".
Sebastian Kornum DEN 24
Sponsors: JP-Australia, NeilPryde, Volvo, Rose, Quiksilver, WileyX
20 years old
175 cm / 74,9 kilos
2 times youth world champ (Slalom and Formula)
Best lightweight in Formula Worlds 2012
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