WHAT: 2002 1st Annual Maduro & Curiel King of the Caribbean Freestyle Pro


(final stop on the PWA Tour)

WHEN: Dec. 11-15, 2002

WHERE: Lac Bay, Bonaire, Netherland Antilles


DIVISIONS: Pro Men, Pro Women, Amateur Men, Amateur Men Masters (35+),

Amateur Women, Novice, and Juniors.

SPONSORED BY: Maduro & Curiel Banks, Heineken, Air Jamaica, Bonaire Hotel

and Tourism Association/members (BONHATA),Tourism Corporation of Bonaire

(TCB)inc., Jibe City, Divi Flamingo, Hertz Bonaire, Cellularone, Da Kine,

Curtis Fins, Uzzi Amphibious Gear, Venus Swimwear, Dagger Optics, Caribbean

Wind and Sun Vacations and more TBA.

WWW: http:www.kingofthecaribbean.com (under construction)

The Bonaire Sailing Federation (BSaf) is proud to announce the 2002 Maduro



King of the Caribbean Windsurfing Freestyle Pro-Am, to be held Dec. 11-15 at

windy Lac Bay on the island of Bonaire.

As with the sister event, The King of the Cape, many TOP pros are expected

to descend upon this windy paradise, the home of the Bonaire Sailing Team.

Come see the playground and the place where up and coming Pros Keke Dammers

and Tonky and Tati Frans learned their fast and crazy maneuvers.

Bonaire has one of the gentlest climates in the Caribbean. There is very

little rainfall (less than 22 inches annually) and a prevailing easterly

trade wind that provides a consistent breeze making perfect conditions for

freestyling in Lac Bay. Windsurfers could not ask for a better spot than Lac

Bay on Bonaire's east coast. There is 90% chance of favorable winds in this

sheltered, shallow bay allowing a challenge for the expert sailor as well as

allowing the novice to advance to the next level. The bay protected by the

Bonaire Marine Park rules and regulations, has the most beautiful turquoise

water and balmy breezes. It is approximately 8 square kilometers and free

from boat traffic. Shallow water and onshore wind is perfect for the

beginner freestyler/windsurfer. More experienced sailors head out to Kai

where the swells and waves are perfect for an aerial freestyle extravaganza.

This is where Tonky Frans, NB7, learned do his double forwards.

Bonaire as a country and community embraces the entire sport of windsurfing

and celebrates the achievements of their windsurfing athletes. They now

welcome you to their island home. There will be island wide parties,

activities and events for the entire WEEK (Dec. 7-15). Come dance to the

island's local music in a town block party like no other. Immerse yourself

in a myriad of outdoor activities such as sea adventures (Bonaire is one of

THE best dive destinations in the WORLD). Come kayak in the mangroves,

snorkel the reefs, hike the hills and trails, explore Washington National

Park full of iguanas and goats, swimming and dive spots and MORE. Mountain

bike, bird watch, allow your family to enjoy specialty children's sea and

dive programs. Come dine in one of Bonaire's MANY ethnic and local eateries.

If you love to fish, several charter boats can take you for sport fishing in

the waters teeming with fish. Bonaire is home to the famous pink flamingos

and the friendly and docile wild donkeys. It is also home to the most

hospitable and friendly group of diverse individuals representing cultures

including Holland, South American and the Caribbean to name a few.

Location: 30 miles (48 km) from Curacao; 50 miles (80 km) north of

Venezuela and 86 miles (129 km) east of Aruba.

Size: 24 miles (39 km) long by 3-7 miles wide, 112 square miles (290 km).

Highest elevation is Brandaris Hill, 784 feet (240 meters).

Climate: Yearly average temperature is 82°F (27.8°C); water temperature


80°F (26.7°C); rainfall of 22 inches (56 cm); humidity of 76%. Sunny,


year round.

Discounted air and accommodations will be available and announced in another

press release.

For further information contact Ann Phelan, KOTC PR and Event Director, at:

ann@bonairewindsurfing.com, or call: 011-599-791-5682 (July 1-Aug. 19)