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EURO CUP TOUR EVENT CALENDAR

20:40 17th March 2005 by
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Windsurfing Euro-Cup Tour 2005


Today the Windsurfing Office has presented the calendar of the Windsurfing
Euro-Cup 2005. This season the tour of the most important racing and slalom
series will consist out of five events. The events are organized in close
co-operation between the Windsurfing Office, the International Windsurfing
Association (IWA), the International Formula Windsurfing Class (IFWC) and
the International Funboard Class Association (IFCA). The total prize money
of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup 2005 sums up to 100.000,00 EUR.

The kick-off event of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup 2005 takes place in
Portimão/Algarve (Portugal) from May 4th to 8th. It is the first time for
Portimão to host a Windsurfing Euro-Cup regatta. The experienced
organization team of Clube Overpower who have already organized several
Euro-Cups and other international events will ensure a perfect event. The
regatta has both disciplines Racing and Slalom and a prize money of
20.000,00 EUR.

The second event of the EC tour will be the IFWC Formula Windsurfing
European Championships in Ialisos/Rhodes (Greece) from June 5th to 12th.
Rhodes is famous for its spectacular conditions for the discipline Racing
and has already hosted several international regattas. As official IFWC
championship the event will be a one discipline Racing event with a prize
money of 20.000,00 EUR.

The next stop will be the IFCA Slalom European Championships in
Cesme/Alacati (Turkey). The organization team has already proven their
experience with several successful major events. Slalom is booming in Turkey
and the locals are looking forward to test their skills with the pros. The
event is a one discipline Slalom regatta and has a total prize money of
15.000,00 EUR.

The next event of the EC tour 2005 will take place in a unique venue from
August 12th to 17th: Silvaplana/St. Moritz (Switzerland) is located in the
middle of the Alps at a height of over 1.800 metres above the sea level.
Windsurfing on the Lake Silvaplana embraced with high mountains often
covered with snow is an experience that competitors will never forget. The
Euro-Cup Silvaplana will have both disciplines Racing and Slalom and a total
prize money of 20.000,00 EUR

For the final event of the 2005 tour the Windsurfing Euro-Cup will return to
Portugal. The Windsurfing Euro-Cup Oeiras will take place from August 25th
to 28th close to the Portuguese capital Lisbon. The epic coastline at the
mouth of the river Tejo provides a great venue for the top racers. Again
Clube Overpower will ensure a perfect event with a prize money of 25.000,00
EUR.

The Windsurfing Office and the involved classes are happy and proud that it
has been possible to achieve this well co-ordinated calendar. All top
windsurfers and major brands are expected to participate in the events of
the Euro-Cup tour 2005.

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Comments:
Ceri Williams, Chairman of the IFWC: “The 2005 calendar represents a long
and successful partnership between Euro-Cup and IFWC, with a series of high
quality events that strengthen the European base of Formula Windsurfing. EC
racing events form part of the World Championship qualification system and
the new Formula World Ranking. “

Bruno De Wannemaeker, Chairman of the IFCA: “IFCA is thrilled with the
return of the most dynamic windsurfing discipline Slalom on international
level. After the fantastic slalom finals in Hyeres on the World Championship
2003 IFCA is convinced that we found (again) the roots of our sports. Last
year the wind in Portugal and the political problems in Taiwan disturbed the
evolution but for 2005 the focus is on again! The numerous countries
organising successful slalom events and the Euro-Cup slalom events are the
base for the IFCA European Championships in Slalom Paradise Alacati-Turkey.”

Matthias Regber, Director of the Windsurfing Office: “I am happy and proud
that we have been able to achieve such a great tour for the windsurfing
sport. This success was only possible due to the close co-operation with the
IWA and the involved classes and the strong base of local organizers. The
Euro-Cup confirms its role as most important racing and slalom series in the
World and will be a great attraction for all the top windsurfers. At the
same time it is a chance for the national heroes to compete with the
international professionals on the same level.”

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Contacts and further Information:

Matthias Regber (Director of the Windsurfing Office)
Choppy Water Event Management GmbH
Maßmannstr. 11, 24118 Kiel, Germany
URL: www.euro-cup.org
E-Mail: info@choppywater.de

Bruno De Wannemaeker (Chairman)
International Funboard Class Association (IFCA)
URL: www.ifca.internationalwindsurfing.com
E-Mail: IFCA@internationalwindsurfing.com
 
Ceri Williams (Chairman)
International Formula Windsurfing Class (IFWC)
URL: www.formulawindsurfing.org
E-Mail: FW@internationalwindsurfing.com

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