The waiting is nearly over! The PWA wave tour is all set to begin a new season in Vargas,

Gran Canaria. Commencing on the 8th of April the worlds elite wave sailors from

both men's and woman's divisions will battle it out in the wild winds of Gran

Canaria for the 65,000 Euro prize purse. The prevailing wind conditions could

be anything from 20-50 knots cross onshore, perfect for huge jumps and creative

wave riding. Visitors to the Gran Canaria event will be amazed by what are unquestionably

the most explosive displays anywhere on the tou - 40 foot high stalled forwards

are not uncommon and it is likely that several sailors will be attempting windsurfing's

most dangerous stunt; the double forward.

Home to the Dunkerbeck family, Gran Canaria has been the breeding ground for

some of the most high profile wave sailors in the world: The "Big Man"

himself; Bjorn, Vidar Jensen, Jonas Cabellos, Marcos Perez and the incredible

Moreno sisters, Daida and Iballa. Gran Canaria is now established as one of

the most distinguished windsurfing communities outside of Maui.

At last years Vargas event the men's single elimination came down to the wire

with Norwegian jumping specialist Vidar Jensen (North) winning a sensational

final late in the day against his best friend Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Proof, Neil

Pryde). The season proved to be thrilling and concluded when Dunkerbeck took

his revenge in Brandon Bay, Ireland by snatching the overall wave title after

taking second place behind Aussie wave guru Jason Polakow (JP, Neil Pryde).

Polakow will no doubt be a force to watch out for this season. Finishing last

year with back-to-back victories in Sylt and Vargas, it seems the ex World wave

champ is sailing better than ever and has regained his hunger for the title.

Other challengers who are tipped to be in the top positions in Vargas include

Francisco Goya (Arrows, Fanatic), Nik Baker (Mistral, North) Kevin Pritchard

(Bic, Gaastra), Scotty McKercher (Starboard/Naish) and Peter Volwater (F2, Arrows).

This season's woman's fleet is looking stronger than ever with a full field

entered for Vargas. Daida Moreno (Mistral North) the 2001 overall wave champion

has been training hard during the winter break and is all set to take defend

her title. She will be facing tough opposition however in the shape of Karin

Jaggi (F2, Arrows) Collette Guadagnino (JP, Pryde) and of course her twin sister

Iballa Moreno (Mistral North). Last years Vargas event finished with a head

to head between the Moreno sisters. Daida clinched victory after landing a back

loop in the closing seconds of the heat, Iballa won't have forgotten and will

certainly be out for revenge this year.

This event is the first to be featured in the new PWA World Tour TV series

being produced and distributed internationally by Sportshows TV, the PWA's new

media partners.

The PWA world tour is back for 2002, the stage is set in Vargas - the sailors

have been training and are all ready. Bring on the action!