SYLT PWA GRAND SLAM PREVIEW

Winds are already blowing here in Sylt

Friday September 20, 2002

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The island of Sylt on the northern coast of Germany will be hosting one of

the longest running and most respected events on the PWA tour calendar.

Sylt can be truly radical venue where nobody can predict the weather

conditions. Recent years have served up anything from light winds and

sunny summer weather to 50-knot winds and temperatures touching freezing!

By contrast, the quality of the organization, huge crowds and its status

as a party venue never vary. Over 100,000 people brave all weathers to

line the beaches and see some of the most radical windsurfing performances

in Northern Europe.

Sylt is infamous on the PWA World tour as an incredible party venue. From

the thumping beat of its aircraft hanger to its abundant bars and

restaurants, the parties keep the spectators&and some sailors&entertained

every night.

This years Grand Slam event is boasting a 100,000 Euro prize fund and will

see both men s and women s fleets compete in Wave performance and Formula

racing. As it stands after the Canaries leg of the PWA tour, America s

Kevin Pritchard (Bic, Gaastra) leads the men s wave rankings with last

years champion Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Proof, Neil Pryde) hot on his heels in

second place but will be missing the event due to injury, so the door is

opened for the likes of Nik Baker (Mistral, North) last years runner up

Scotty McKercher (Starboard, Naish), Matt Pritchard (AHD, Gaastra), Josh

Angulo and Vidar Jensen (North). In the women s waves Daida Moreno (North,

Mistral) is leading the way ahead of Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows) and Anne

Marie Reichman (Nasih boards, Naish sails).

The racing side of the event will be hosting the Formula Windsurfing Class

World Championships as well as the PWA Formula Racing World Cup

incorporated into one event. After the Formula World Cup event in Leba,

Poland, Steve Allen (Fanatic) is holding pole position in the men s

rankings with Micah Buzianis (Mistral, North) and Wojtek Brzozowski (Neil

Pryde, Starboard) in second and third respectively. Dorota Staszewska

(Starboard, Neil Pryde) is heading the women s rankings with Lucy Horwood

(AHD, Gaastra) chasing in second overall and Verena Fauster (Gaastra,

Starboard) of Italy in third.

Winds are already blowing here in Sylt and the forecast looks very good

for the next week.

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