Fuerteventura Windsurfing & Kiteboarding World Cup 2006
Championships in two sports and six disciplines
The Windsurfing & Kiteboarding World Cup will again be held on Fuerteventura this year, for the 21th year running. For the 300 top-ranking wind and kite surfers, the battle is on for the world championship titles and new records.
Fuerteventura, 11.7.2005 – Fuerteventura will be the center of the boarder’s universe for the 21th year in a row in summer 2006. Windsurfers and Kiteboarders are going to hold a series of five events from July 21th to August 5th, all of them are rated world championship events.
When Fuerteventura beckons with its crystal clear waters and guaranteed wind, the world’s windsurfing and kiteboarding elite cannot resist. Which is why the list of competitors reads much like a “Who’s Who” of windsurfing and kiteboarding. These riders on the wind can bank on ideal conditions on the island. As can spectators and the media. For them, Fuerteventura is also the perfect venue, since the wind blows from just the right direction to allow contests to be held very close to the beach.
Windsurfers and kiteboarders will be competing in Freestyle world championship events. Judges will award points for the craziest jumps, coolest moves and best wave rides.
“In windsurfing & kiteboarding, the level of the young shooting stars became incredibly high, so watch out for this year’s hottest new moves.” says René Egli – organizer & funding sponsor.
Besides the brand new Windsurfing Discipline Slalom42, that is the natural progression in windsurf racing, Speed Surfing will be held. Both – windsurfers and kiters will be present on Fuerteventuras legendary Speed strip.
René Egli: “The discipline ‘Speed’ will not only be a chase for records but also a battle between David against Goliath. The best amateurs can enter professional competition, and they will for sure try everything to have the show. “
And to ensure they can treat themselves in style, the by now legendary party tent on Sotavento beach will once again attract thousands of tourists and islanders to party the night away.
>>> WINDSURFING – ISA SPEEDSURFING GRAND PRIX:
The ISA Speedsurfing Grand Prix is held parallel to the PWA Slalom42 World Championships. The world elite of speedsurfers will compete alongside amateurs for the best times over a 500 meter course.
A WSSRC commissioner will monitor the course and ratify any world records. A prize of 25,000 € is awarded for the speed event.
Price money: 25.000€
Bonus for world record: 2.000€
>>> WINDSURFING – PWA FREESTYLE GRAND SLAM:
The entire freestyle world elite will perform at Sotavento. It will be really exciting to watch the wild young challengers take over the lead in the battle for the 45,000€ prize money. Freestyle was held for the first time during the 1997 World Cup in Fuerteventura. This discipline is the windsurfers’ free program. Judges awards points for the craziest maneuvers, jumps and wave rides in a knock-out competition. The windsurfers will start in groups of four. The two best advance to the next round.
prize money: 45.000€
>>> WINDSURFING – PWA SLALOM42 GRAND SLAM:
Slalom 42 is designed to bring the action close to the beach and right in front of the spectators. Competitors use a maximum of four sails and two boards, further increasing the emphasis on sailor skill and race tactics. Courses are generally based around downwind or figure-eight slalom courses, but can include any number of variations.
prize money: 45.000€
>>> KITEBOARDING – PKRA FREESTYLE GRAND PRIX:
The tops stars of the kitesurfing scene use wind power to make jumps up to 15 m high and 70 m long. Just as in windsurfing, the craziest moves, jumps and wave rides are judged. Groups of four kitesurfers compete in a knockout competition. The best two advance to the next round.
prize money: 32.120€
If the freestyle is finished in time we will see “hangtime”. The goal of the discipline hangtime is to stay as long in the air as possible.
prize money: 1.835 €
bonus for world record: 920 €
>>> KITEBOARDING – PKRA SPEED GRAND PRIX:
In 2005, there will be a prize of 8.250€ to attract speed kiters to the legendary speed course. The current record is hold by Olaf Marting who achieved a speed of 41,79 knots. The chase for this record is open for pros and amateurs. Each day Amateurs can go through qualifications and enter the pros competition. A WSSRC commissioner will monitor the course and ratify any world records.
prize money – winner by points 3.125 €
prize money – best time 3.125 €
prize money – new world record 2.000 €