THE 2003 POZO GRAN CANARIA, PWA, GRAND SLAM PREVIEW

The PWA world tour is all set to hit the windswept shores of Pozo,

Izquierdo for one of the biggest and most spectacular events of the

season. Commencing on the 26th of June through til the 3rd of July the

best male and female windsurfers on the planet will be fighting it out for

Euro 130,000 prize money and valuable points towards the PWA end of year

rankings.

Both fleets will be battling it out in front of the imposing backdrop of

the huge wind fans at Pozo, in wave and freestyle disciplines. Reigning

PWA wave champion Kevin Pritchard (Gaastra, Starboard) should be back on

the starting grid following a foot injury sustained in Hawaii earlier this

season. Pritchard won last years final in Pozo against Bjorn Dunkerbeck

(Neil Pryde), after busting out an incredible one handed, one footed back

loop in the closing seconds of the heat. With this trick now let out of

the bag, chances are that many other sailors will be adding the maneuver

into their routines this year. Other contenders to watch out for this year

are Nik Baker (Mistral, North) Vidar Jensen (North), Scottie McKercher

(Starboard), Jason Polakow (JP, Neil Pryde) and Jonas Ceballos (Gaastra,

Fanatic).

Many sailors will have stationed themselves in Gran Canaria for several

weeks prior to the event. Serious training and tuning is required to

acclimatize to the wild winds and radical conditions that have put Pozo on

the map.

For the first time in the history of the PWA world tour a women will be

competing in the mens wave competition. Current Womens wave champion Daida

Moreno has been granted a special wild card to go head to head with the

male sailors. Needless to say most men are keeping their fingers crossed

that they will not have to lay their reputations on the line and face

Daida in the heat of battle.

The freestyle competition is likely to be sensational. With the likes of

Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde), Antoine Albeau (Neil Pryde, AHD) and

last years world champion, Matt Pritchard (Gaastra) all ready to go to

war&the action is going to be insane! A mixture of old school moves, new

school moves, secret moves, jumps and mind boggling trickery, has meant

that freestyle has established itself as an extremely competitive and

exciting part of the PWA tour. Not to be discounted are names such as

Robby Swift (JP, Neil Pryde), Diony Guadagnino (Neil Pryde), Kauli Seadi

(AHD, Naish) and Douglas Diaz (Fanatic, North) all representing the new

school generation of young gun freestylers.

The womens wave and freestyle events are likely to be dominated by local

sisters Daida and Iballa Moreno. The twins live in Pozo so have the

advantage of local knowledge over the other female challengers. Karin

Jaggi (F2, Arrows) of Switzerland and Anne Marie Reichman (Naish) of

Holland are the main contenders to the Moreno sisters with both having

proven track records and enough experience to take pole position.

Pozo is at its best when the regular trades from the Northeast are

blowing. Due to its wind consistency (over 250 days per year over 15

knots) there is no place on earth where the jumps are so high. When it is

really howling (35-45 knots) the locals dont call it jumping anymore&they

call it flying! Generally the wind will be side/onshore port tack with

waves anywhere from 1-2 meters. On the left side of the bay the waves

crumble on sandbanks while on the right hand side up to the bunker on the

point they break on shallow rock boulder reef. Because of its superb

conditions, Pozo has generated some of the most talented jump specialists

in the word. Among the most famous are Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Neil Pryde) Daida

and Iballa Moreno (Mistral, North), Marcos Perez, Vidar Jensen, (North),

Orjan Jensen (North), Jonas Ceballos (Fanatic, Gaastra) and Dario Ojeda.

Stay tuned into the PWA web site for all the news, pictures and results as

the action unfolds. Also keep posted for news on live broadcasts from the

event on www.high.tv where ground breaking broadband technology will bring

you the speed, the height, the wipe outs and the power of wave sailing

right to you online daily.