The Magdalen Islands, which lie in the middle of Canada s Gulf of St
Lawrence, will be hosting the next stopover on the PWA freestyle tour.
Commencing on the 1st of September and running through until the 7th, the
likes of Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde), John Skye (F2, Arrows) and
Matt Pritchard (AHD, Gaastra) will be competing on the windswept shores of
one of Canada s hottest sailing venues.
Les Isles de la Magdalen are situated between Newfoundland, Nova Scotia
and mainland Quebec and are largely French speaking. The language barrier
should not be a problem for competitors however since most Islanders speak
passable English. Consisting of four small islands linked by long sand
dunes the Magdalen’s are an ideal playground for water sports enthusiasts.
Conditions vary from warm, shallow flat-water lagoons to exposed wave and
slalom blasting locations…in a word&Paradise! The winds howl in from the
Gulf from all directions and sweep across the islands dunes unimpeded.
Off the water the sailors will be in for a variety of culinary
surprises&the islands also have a fantastic reputation for their excellent
range of cuisine and hospitality! Timed to coincide with the end of the
Canadian summer the event is already lining up to be a week of wind
With Ricardo Campello of Venezuela leading the rankings after two events
in Fuerteventura (1st) and Gran Canaria (3rd) the chase is now on from the
likes of John Sky (Skyboy), Nik Baker and Matt Pritchard to close him down
before the freestyle final in Bonaire in December. We have already seen on
the freestyle tour that with the standard so high, the winners can be
different in every round. One mistake can be costly& and Campello will no
doubt be watching his back!