Sotavento set to explode with action - PWA announces new collaboration with IFCA
Sotavento set to explode with action, as PWA announces new collaboration with IFCA.
The Professional Windsurfers Association has announced today that it has reached agreement for the joint sanctioning of the upcoming Slalom event at Sotavento, Fuerteventura.
The International Funboard Class Association (IFCA) Slalom World Championships will take place at Sotavento from 22nd to 30th July 2005. Under the new agreement, the event will also now become a stop on the PWA Slalom 42 Racing Tour.
Sotavento has been a firm venue on the PWA World Tour with outstanding events annually in the Racing, Freestyle and Super X disciplines for over twenty years. That tradition will now continue as, once again, Fuerteventura takes centre stage as the first stop on this year‚s PWA Racing Tour.
Some of the biggest names in windsurfing will compete for glory in Fuerteventura, including current PWA World Champion Antoine Albeau (Neil Pryde), together with Steve Allen (Fanatic, Neil Pryde) Micah Buzianis (F2, North Sails), Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Maui Sails) and Bjorn Dunkerbeck (North Sails) The women‚s fleet also has it’ share of PWA champions with Karin Jaggi (f2) hoping to topple current PWA Racing Champion Allison Shreeve (F2, Neil Pryde)
A collaboration such as this has not been seen since 2002 when the PWA joined forces with the Formula Windsurfing Class to jointly sanction the Formula World Championships and finals of the PWA Racing Tour at the 2002 World Cup Sylt.
Event Organizer Renè Egli
“We are very happy to be hosting a joint collaboration such as this and very happy to have the PWA back in Sotavento this year. We have a very good history of events with the PWA and we are very glad to be able to continue that relationship for 2005 and years to come."
PWA Tour Manager Rich Page
“July would not be July without a PWA contest at Sotavento. It is an incredible windsurfing location and is ideal for competition. The record of successful events there stretches back over two decades and Renè and the local authorities put on an excellent and exceptionally professional event year after year. We hope that this may be the first of many future collaborations with other windsurfing organizations and a major stepping-stone to greater unification within the sport.”
Competitors still wishing to sign up for the event may do so at www.rene-egli.com, where they can find all relevant information.