Purse of U.S. $65,000 set for PWA World Championship Windsurfing Finals

December 11-18 on Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

Professional and amateur windsurfers from around the world will meet on the island

of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (Dutch Caribbean) December 11 to 18 for the Professional

Windsurfing Association (PWA) World Championship Freestyle Finals 2002. The event,

also designated as the "King of the Caribbean Pro-Am," will offer a

total purse of US $65,000, with $55,000 for the men's category and $10,000 for


The "King of the Caribbean" Championship Finals will be the World Cup

Finale to the 2002 PWA World Tour. The event will also include competitions for

all levels: Professionals, Amateurs, Novices and Juniors with eight categories

for competition. The Professional winners will be crowned "King and Queen

of the Caribbean" as well as PWA Freestyle Champions for 2002.

In addition to the competitions, there will be island-wide parties throughout

the week, featuring the music of the band "Sugero" from the USA, the

food exposition "A Taste of Bonaire," a Culture and Christmas Fair in

the town of Rincon, and water-side parties almost every night. Qualifying heats

for Professionals will be 12 December with competition for Professionals and amateurs

beginning on 13 Dec. Final event for Professionals will be 17 December.

Windsurfing competitions will be held at windy Lac Bay of Bonaire in the Netherlands

Antilles. This small island of just 12,000 people is fast becoming one of the

top windsurfing locations in the world with almost constant on-shore trade winds

that usually average 17 to 22 knots. For years Bonaire has also been known as

one of the top dive destinations in the world and has often set the world standard

for ocean and reef protection

Bonaire is the home of the now sixth ranked PWA champion Tonky Frans, as well

as his brother Tati Frans, who is ranked 31 and Keke Dammers, ranked 27th. All

three are still in their teens and have just recently become professional competitors.

Now the entire sports community can see where these new hot shots live and train.

Divisions for competition for the December event include:

Pro Division -- for those who can perform AERIAL freestyle. There will be a Men's

Pro Division with a $55,000 purse and Women's Pro Division, with a $10,000 purse.

Amateur Divisions -- for those who can perform PLANING freestyle. There will be

a Men's Amateur Division, a Masters Amateur Division for men over 35, a Women's

Amateur Division and a Junior Amateur Division for boys and girls 16 or under.

Novice Division -- for those who can perform NON-PLANING freestyle there will

be an Open Competition for men and women competing in the Novice Division and

a Junior Novice Division for boys and girls 16 or under.

Special travel packages have been arranged by Air Jamaica, the official carrier

for the event and also with KLM from Europe. Both have offered a special promotional

rate for competitors as well as spectators. There is also a discount rate for

shipping competitors' gear. However, the number of discounted seats is limited

so travelers are urged to order their tickets early.

The special Air Jamaica fare may be accessed by calling Air Jamaica at 800-523-5585

and referencing "Maduro and Curiel's Bank King of the Caribbean". Reservations

must be booked in B or M class using ticket designator GD20. Last ticket date

20 November, but competitors and spectators are urged to purchase tickets earlier

due to heavy travel during December.

KLM (Royal Dutch Airline) is offering special group rates to competitors and spectators

from Europe. Contact for these rates and reservations is Emile at Maduro Travel,

telephone: +(31) 70 356-2850 or e-mail: vergeer@maduro.nl

If the Air Jamaica and KLM flights fill, American Airlines and American Eagle

have daily flights to Bonaire via San Juan Puerto Rico but do not offer cargo

service for competitor's equipment. If all direct Bonaire flights fill, Curacao

and Aruba can be used with connections to Bonaire via Dutch Caribbean Express,

Divi Divi Air and Chogogo Fast Ferry from Curacao or Avia Air and Aruba Royal

Airlines from Aruba.

Hotel accommodations, car and gear rental can be arranged by contacting Ann Phelan,

event coordinator at ann@bonairewindsurfing.com or 800-219-0118 or 508-385-8174

Preliminary schedule for the weeklong event and island-wide party starting on

11 December is as follows:

· Day 1: Press conference and opening ceremonies with "A Taste of

Bonaire" party featuring the USA band "Sugero".

· Day 2: Competition for professionals in the day, Cultural Night at Hollandse

Grill in the evening.

· Day 3: Competition for professionals, amateurs and juniors in the day;

Caribbean Beach Dinner and Party at Plaza Resort at night.

· Day 4: Competition during the day, dance party at City Cafe at night

· Day 5: Competition in the day, Amateur and Junior Awards Ceremony at

night followed by an all-island party at Karels Beach Bar with the Sugero band.

· Day 6: Professional competition in the day with a Culture and Christmas

Fair in Rincon in the evening featuring local bands.

· Day 7: PWA World Cup final competition for King and Queen of the Caribbean,

the World Freestyle Champions. Followed by Coronation Ceremony and party at Sorobon


The Bonaire Sailing Foundation, a non-governmental organization on the island,

is organizing the event and Maduro & Curiel's Bank is the primary sponsor.

The event is a Professional Windsurfing World Cup event and other sponsors include

Reda Sosial, the Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association, Bonaire Hospitality Group,

Bonaire Tourism Corporation and many more local companies and organizations.