Fuerteventura Windsurfing & Kitesurfing World Cup



The world’s 350 top windsurfers and kiteboarders are coming to Fuerteventura for the 23rd Windsurfing & Kiteboarding World Cup.

Fuerteventura, 19.06.2008 – When Fuerteventura calls, they all come. The island, situated in the Canaries, has got the wind the windsurfers and kiteboarders need. Guaranteed. Plus, there’s the bonus of white sandy beaches, blue skies and summer-like temperatures.

The athletes race across the water with an acceleration which would leave a sports car standing, performing spectacular stunts worthy of an aerobatics team. And all with no exhaust fumes or motor noise.

The efficiency with which the sportsmen and women use the wind is formidable. A modern windsurfing sail develops more horsepower per kilogram transported than a car equipped with an 800 horsepower motor.

René Egli, initiator and organiser of the World Cup says, “I’m very pleased that, with the Windsurfing & Kiteboarding World Cup, we are able to offer not just an annual sporting highlight, but also an event of increasing interest to spectators and the media. The interest in windsurfing and kiteboarding as a spectacular, clean sport, in tune with nature, is greater every year.”

And from 18th July to 2nd August 2008 on Fuerteventura, windsurfers and kiteboarders will try to measure up in 5 different events with world championship status. As ever on Fuerteventura, the spectators are right up close to the action. They can make direct contact with the riders.

There is also plenty to keep body and soul together and a wide-ranging program of related events.

Spectators can chill on the beach with drinks and music in a 1,000 m² lounge area whilst watching the ongoing competitions. In the evenings, thousands of tourists, locals and, for the prize-giving ceremonies, riders will mingle at the legendary World Cup parties in the 2,000 m² party marquee.

Organiser information: The World Cup on Fuerteventura is held under the auspices of and is sponsored by the municipality of Pájara (Fuerteventura) and the Spanish government. Fuerteventura has a special relationship with the wind. The island is a pioneer in the field of wind energy. As long ago as 1996, there were 45 wind turbines with a combined output of more than 10 MW in Pájara, a town of 20,000 inhabitants.

The schedule in detail:

19.07.-23.07.2008 – Windsurfing PWA Slalom 42 Grand Slam

Inscription & Opening ceremony: 18.07.

Prize giving ceremony: 23.07.

Prize money: 45.000

Info: Slalom 42 is a racing discipline which will always sail in a ‚downwind’ or ‘figure-eight’ slalom course.

Competitors are allowed to use a maximum of four sails and two boards.

19.07.-23.07.2008 – Kiteboarding PKRA Speed Grand Slam

Inscription & Opening ceremony: 18.07.

Prize giving ceremony: 23.07.

Prize money: 10.000

Info: The world elite of kiters match together over a 500 metre speed course, always on the prowl for the

world record of 88,75 km/h, hold by Alexandre Caizergues (France).

24.07.-28.07.2008 – Windsurfing PWA Freestyle Grand Slam

Inscription & Opening ceremony: 23.07.

Prize giving ceremony: 28.07.

Prize money: 45.000

Info: Spectacular manoeuvres and extreme jumps, that’s Freestyle! Every heat will sail in a knock-out


26.07.-02.08.2008 – Windsurfing ISWC Speed World Championship

Inscription & Opening ceremony: 25.07.

Prize giving ceremony: 02.08.

Prize money: 35.000

Info: Over a 500 metre course the world elite of speed surfers reach maximum speed on the prowl for the

world record of 90,91 km/h, hold by Antoine Albeau (France).

29.07.-02.08.2008 – Kiteboarding PKRA Freestyle + Course Racing Grand Slam

Inscription & Opening ceremony: 28.07.

Prize giving ceremony: 02.08.

Prize money: 45.000

Info: Freestyle: Just as in windsurfing, the craziest moves and jumps, up to 15 m high and 70 m long, are


Course Racing: Course Racing, the hight-speed racing around a triangle course.


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