Freestyle To Take Off Caribbean Style Early In 2005 As Bonaire Set To Host Inaugural Event Of The Year

Building on the successes of the last 2 years, the PWA, in conjunction with the Bonaire Sailing Foundation has decided to reschedule the Bonaire King of the Caribbean Freestyle event to May, for the 2005 season.

Bonaire was until recently an undiscovered windsurfing paradise, offering incredible sailing on crystal clear turquoise waters in the heart of the Caribbean. In 2002, the Bonaire King of the Caribbean became the first PWA Windsurfing event on the island catapulting the beautiful venue to the forefront of the windsurfing press. The 2003 event once again made for a superb finale to the Freestyle tour with superb conditions.

Despite previous successes, the decision to move the dates will ensure the future of what has become one of the strongest events on the PWA Calendar. Lac Bay, where the event is held, has indeed enjoyed excellent Freestyle conditions during previous year's contests, but the December dates do not generally carry the best wind statistics. Winds during May are traditionally 4-5 knots stronger than in December, which will do much to ensure a great contest.

In addition to the more consistent conditions, the May dates will also allow for vastly improved media coverage through more convenient scheduling providing a much greater impact both inside and outside of the windsurfing press.

As one of the first events of the year, Bonaire will undoubtedly attract a strong entry list, with all sailors wishing to strut their stuff and make an early mark on the Freestyle rankings. It will also be the first opportunity for the world to see what's hot and what's not after a winter of training and development.

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