3rd October

World Class Competitors sign Up to Catch First Waves

The glorious County Kerry sunshine proved a perfect setting for the opening

of the PWA Irish Wave Grand Prix, Presented by Bord Fáilte. Competitors

spent the day settling in and registering for the coming weeks competition the

climax of the wave season on the World Tour. Seven more days of competition

will decide who will become PWA Wave World Champion for the year and who will

split the prize money of 65,000 Euro.

This year 68 professional windsurfers from 15 countries have descended upon

Brandon Bay to strut their stuff. Included in the elite fleet is the 12-time

World Champion and current defending Champion Bjorn Dunkerbeck (NeilPryde, Proof)

of Andorra and current championship leader Californian Kevin Pritchard (Gaastra,

BIC). Local favourites include brothers Timo and Fin Mullen (Arrows, F2), current

Irish Wave Surfing Champion Oisin Van Gelderen (NeilPryde, JP) and Peter Nunan.

Among others being tipped as ones to watch are Aussie competitors Ti Bodycoat

(Starboard) and Luke Walmsley (Starboard) who are both making a big impression

on this, their first ever tour.

It¹s looking very tight at the top of the World Tour tables with Kevin

holding a fragile lead. And Bjorn¹s challenge may have suffered a setback

with his late arrival in Ireland after all the other competitors. It¹s

not the lateness of his arrival that threatens his prospects but the reasonŠ.

The PWA rumour mill has it that Bjorn is suffering from a puncture wound to

one of his feet it appears Bjorn shot himself in the foot with a spear gunŠ.

Doubtless we¹ll be able to confirm exactly what happened over the coming


The opening night was held at the renowned Spillane¹s Bar with a fine

spread and plenty of the black stuff. Peter Hart was on hand to announce the

first round draw to an eager crowd and the forecast for tomorrow is mixed but

the local ³experts² predict there¹ll be competition by 11am.

21 Year Old Levi Sever (North, F2) described the mood in Ireland as one of

the best on the circuit ³This is great. The welcome we get in Ireland is

the best and the conditions here can be awesome, everyone¹s just ready

to go. We¹re all looking forward to getting out on those waves.²

The Irish Wave Grand Prix is presented by Bord Fáilte and organized by

Proteus Sports Limited. Sponsors include Jamie Knox Watersports, SPAR, Stena

Line Ferries, Red Bull, Fitzgerald's, Spillane's Restaurant and Bar, Jimmy Fitzgerald's

and Kerry County Council. Official Magazine is Boards Magazine.


Anyone interested in finding out more about this spectacular event will find

further details and the event schedule at