Sunday June 8, 2003

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Taty Frans (Gaastra/AHD) has been crowned King Of the Cape here at the

Cape Cod, PWA freestyle qualifier. Light offshore winds here today

prevented any official action that would count towards PWA rankings but

instead sailors competed for $10,000 of the prize purse in a light wind

freestyle format. Three pro rounds were held this afternoon, each with two

semi finals and a final. Todays competition here at West Dennis Beach,

Cape Cod was watched by around 3000 spectators with the Pros, Novices and

Amateurs all putting on an incredible show considering the conditions.

Taty Frans who hails from Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean was undoubtedly

the outstanding sailor today, impressed the crowds and the judges with his

incredible freestyle trickery. Amongst his maneuvers were inside the boom

360s, pirouette gibes and fin first back to the sail riding. In the

testing conditions Taty showed that he is a true all round freestyler able

to compete to the highest level in light winds as well as the stronger

winds to which he is more accustomed. Hot on his heels in second was his

brother Tonky Frans (Gaastra/AHD) who made a strong comeback today after

failing to reach the first of the three finals. Taking the final podium

position was American longboard freestyle specialist Mike Burns (North)

who kept the crowds entertained with his amazing traditional freestyle

routine.

Also taking to the water today were the amateur fleet, novice fleet and

more fun and games from Nevin Sayres Kids club, making for non-stop

windsurfing action and entertainment for the enthusiastic crowds. Many

manufacturers have also been displaying their latest boards and sails have

also been available to the public for demos.

Despite marginal conditions the King Of the Cape, windfest put on an

excellent show and went down a storm with the New England crowds.

Windsurfing is definitely alive on the East Coast of the United States and

hopefully the PWA will be back next year for more action.

Next stop on the PWA world tour will be one of the biggest events on the

calendar&The Pozo, Grand Slam in Gran Canaria, taking place between the

26th of June through July 3rd. Kevin Pritchard (Gaastra, Starboard) and

Nik Baker (Mistral, North) who have both been out of action due to injury

will hopefully be back to full strength in time for Pozo. There is a

strong chance that they could come up against womens world champion Daida

Moreno (Mistral, North) who has been awarded a special wild card to

compete in the waves against the mens fleet. Moreno will be seeded as one

of the lowest ranked sailors so will have to compete against one of the

top ten male sailors in the first round of the single elimination.

Watch this space for all the news, results and pictures, which will be

posted daily as the action takes place.

RESULTS (not towards PWA rankings)

1. TATY FRANS (GAASTRA, AHD) $3000.

2. TONKY FRANS (GAASTRA, AHD) $2000.

3. MIKE BURNS (NORTH) $1250.

4. JACE PANEBIANCO $1000.

5. RILEY COON (STARBOARD) $675.

6. ROBBY SWIFT (JP, NEIL PRYDE) $675

7. KEKE DAMMERS (STARBOARD) $525

8. NIK WARMUTH (GAASTRA, STARBOARD) $375

9. JAYSON JONGE $250.

10. ANDY FUNNELL (F2, ARROWS) $150