The Magdalen Islands, which lie in the middle of Canada s Gulf of St

Lawrence, will be hosting the next stopover on the PWA freestyle tour.

Commencing on the 1st of September and running through until the 7th, the

likes of Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde), John Skye (F2, Arrows) and

Matt Pritchard (AHD, Gaastra) will be competing on the windswept shores of

one of Canada s hottest sailing venues.

Les Isles de la Magdalen are situated between Newfoundland, Nova Scotia

and mainland Quebec and are largely French speaking. The language barrier

should not be a problem for competitors however since most Islanders speak

passable English. Consisting of four small islands linked by long sand

dunes the Magdalen's are an ideal playground for water sports enthusiasts.

Conditions vary from warm, shallow flat-water lagoons to exposed wave and

slalom blasting locations...in a word&Paradise! The winds howl in from the

Gulf from all directions and sweep across the islands dunes unimpeded.

Off the water the sailors will be in for a variety of culinary

surprises&the islands also have a fantastic reputation for their excellent

range of cuisine and hospitality! Timed to coincide with the end of the

Canadian summer the event is already lining up to be a week of wind

blasted mayhem!

With Ricardo Campello of Venezuela leading the rankings after two events

in Fuerteventura (1st) and Gran Canaria (3rd) the chase is now on from the

likes of John Sky (Skyboy), Nik Baker and Matt Pritchard to close him down

before the freestyle final in Bonaire in December. We have already seen on

the freestyle tour that with the standard so high, the winners can be

different in every round. One mistake can be costly& and Campello will no

doubt be watching his back!