The official web site for the December 2002 King of the Caribbean is now live

and can be reached at At this new website

there is information on the Professional and Amateur competitions, island-wide

parties, schedule, registration, accommodations, car and gear rentals and more.

Soon the site will also feature a "See You There" page where windsurfers

can find out who will be attending this PWA World Championship Freestyle Finals

The small island of Bonaire, located in the Dutch Caribbean, is gearing up

for what is expected to be the hottest year-end freestyle finals yet. Bonaire

is one of the three Dutch islands located near Venezuela. While it does not

have the high numbers of tourists as its sister islands Aruba and Curacao, it

is a paradise for scuba diving, snorkeling, and of course, windsurfing. Lac

Bay, the pristine area where the Bonaire Sailing Team trains and plays, will

be the setting for the First Annual Maduro and Curiel's Bank King of the Caribbean

World Freestyle Finals.

Island stars Tati and Tonky Frans and Keke Dammers will be on hand for the

competition as well as some new "Bonaire Kids." The Bonaire team has

planned a full week of parties in town and on the beach and expects the entire

island to join the fun.

Event planners warn all potential competitors and spectators to reserve and

buy their airline tickets now. The event falls just before the winter holidays

when flights and hotels fill quickly. Official Airline Sponsor is Air Jamaica.

The special Air Jamaica fare may be accessed by calling 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.

From Europe KLM (Royal Dutch Airline) is offering special group rates to competitors

and spectators. To secure these rates and reservations, contact must be made

with Emile at Maduro Travel. Please email: or call their help

desk at 070-3180310 and ask about King of the Caribbean. Their fax is 070-3562850.

If all direct Bonaire flights on Air Jamaica and KLM fill up, travelers can

try American Airlines/American Eagle from the USA or can connect via Curacao

and Aruba on Dutch Caribbean Express, Divi Divi Air and Chogogo Fast Ferry from

Curacao or Avia Air and Aruba Royal Airlines from Aruba. However, gear transport

on the smaller airlines is very limited.

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

on 11 December is as follows:

11 Dec: Registration and press conference at Kon Tiki at Lac Bay. Opening ceremonies

with A Taste of Bonaire party featuring the USA band Sugaro in Kralendijk.

12 Dec: Competition for professionals in the day, Cultural Night at Hollandse

Grill in the evening.

13 Dec: Competition for professionals, amateurs and juniors in the day; Caribbean

Beach Dinner and Party at Plaza Resort at night.

14 Dec: Competition during the day, dance party at City Cafe at night

15 Dec: Competition in the day, Amateur and Junior Awards Ceremony at night

followed by an all-island party at Karels Beach Bar.

16 Dec: Professional competition in the day with a Culture and Christmas Fair

in Rincon in the evening featuring local bands.

17 Dec: PWA World Cup final competition for King and Queen of the Caribbean,

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

Sorobon Beach.

There are eight competition categories, including:

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


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

be an Open Competition for men and women and a Junior Novice Division for boys

and girls 16 or under.

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

Phelan, event coordinator at mailto:ann@bonairewindsurfing.comor 800-219-0118

or 508-385-8174 or visit our web site at:

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

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

The event is a Professional Windsurfing Grand Prix 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.


In the USA: Ann Phelan, or by telephone: 508-385-8174

On Bonaire: Byron Trump, or Elvis Martinus


Or see visit the Official Web Site: /