PWA FREESTYLE KING OF THE CARIBBEAN FINALE

Finals Concluded In Spectacular Fashion…

Tuesday December 17, 2002

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The PWA freestyle finals concluded in spectacular fashion yesterday

afternoon after Tonki Frans (Gaastra, AHD) closed out the event with his

final move the Chacho in the mens' third round final. The move ensured the

King of the Caribbean title for the local sailor in front of his home

crowd and celebrations are in order at tonights closing ceremony. Tonki

Frans has impressed the judges all week with his smooth seemingly

effortless style and the chacho in the final heat of the competition was a

fantastic way to close the event.

Matt Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD) will also be in high spirits after clinching

the overall PWA Freestyle title after yesterdays performance. Pritchard

has fought his was through the season with dedicated passion and came to

Bonaire with winning the title as his main mission. Despite a spirited

comeback from his prime challenger Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde) of

Venezuela, Pritchard won his way through vital heats yesterday against

Konan Lang (Naish) and Nik Baker (Mistral, North) to ensure the championship.

Pritchard also ran away with second place in the King of the Caribbean

battle here in Bonaire. The twenty-nine year old Californian sailor did

enough to stay ahead of young Douglas Diaz (Fanatic, North) who finished

narrowly behind in third.

TONKI FRANS

I am not a great one for speeches. All I can say is thanks to all the

sponsors and all the people who put in the hard work to make this event

happen!

MATT PRITCHARD

I definitely had a lot of pressure coming here especially when Kevin won

the wave title and the Formula worlds. He has been telling me how I have

got to keep it in the family name. I have trained very hard for this

event. I did everything I possibly could to prepare myself and coming here

I knew that I was as ready as I could be, there was not one thing I had

missing. I had back up boards and all my sails tuned perfectly. I knew all

the young guys were going to be pulling off some pretty sick stuff but

what it all comes down to is that six minutes! It is making the moves in

those six minutes when the pressure really is on. Thats where I think my

consistency really shined through. I was able to pull off the moves when I

needed to pull them off.

RICARDO CAMPELLO

The first round here was really bad for me. I dont know what happened to

me. In the other two rounds I did OK. I needed a discard to win the

contest here but that was bad luck!

In the womens title chase it was Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows) who came out on

top after a riveting battle with Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde) of

Venezuela. After four rounds of intense competition the two sailors were

neck and neck and the title chase all boiled down to the final heat of the

day yesterday afternoon. In the end it was Jaggi who held her nerve and

produced the performance that won the judges' favor.

The level of sailing in the PWA freestyle finals here in Bonaire has

literally gone through the roof. Mind boggling tricks and routines largely

inspired from the younger sailors competing on the PWA tour have brought

the standard to a new all time high.

Bonaire is now officially on the map as one of the freestyle capitols of

the world! Not only has it delivered amazing conditions but it has also

revealed to the world its huge array of home grown talent amongst its

youngsters. Tonki and Tati Frans have proved that they are world-class

talents and their success here in Bonaire will inspire many of the local

kids to follow in their tracks.

KARIN JAGGI

It was a very close competition. I came here early and learned a lot

because it was windy before the event. The first two days I completely

lost it. I dont know why really. I think I relaxed after that a little

bit. In the end I think I was sailing as good as I could. At the end it

was super tight and I was super stoked to win!

COLETTE GUADAGNINO

It has been a great event here. The organization has been great, the water

has been warm, its been sunny and windy every day you cant ask for more!

FINAL MENS RESULTS: KING OF THE CARIBBEAN

1. Tonki Frans (Gaastra, AHD)

2. Matt Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD)

3. Douglas Diaz (Fanatic, North)

4. Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde)

5. Robby Swift (JP, Neil Pryde)

MENS FINAL OVERALL FREESTYLE RANKINGS 2002

1. Matt Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD)

2. Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde)

3. Nik Baker (Mistral, North)

4. Robby Swift (JP, Neil Pryde)

5. Tonki Frans (Gaastra, AHD)

FINAL WOMENS RESULTS: QUEEN OF THE CARIBBEAN

1. Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows)

2. Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde)

3. Tanja Emig (RRD)

4. Julia Duetsch (Naish)

WOMENS FINAL OVERALL RANKINGS 2002

1. Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows)

2. Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde)

3. Daida Moreno (Mistral, North)

4. Tanja Emig (RRD)

5. Angela Martinez (Neil Pryde, Naish)