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PWA FREESTYLE KING OF THE CARIBBEAN, DAY 5

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PWA FREESTYLE KING OF THE CARIBBEAN, DAY 5

It’s official -Tonki Frans Is King Of The Caribbean…

Monday December 16, 2002
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Its official. Tonki Frans is King of the Caribbean, AND Matt Pritchard takes

overall world title! Karin Jaggi is Queen of the Caribbean and women’s PWA
overall freestyle champion!

The Bonaire PWA freestyle championships concluded today in dramatic
fashion. Tonki Frans (Gaastra, AHD) sealed the deal and won the King of
the Caribbean after defeating Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde) in the
third and final elimination. Local sailor Tonki Frans landed one of
freestyles most difficult moves&the chacho in the closing seconds of the

second of two finals, which clinched him victory here in Bonaire. Matt
Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD) meanwhile won vital heats today to take the
overall PWA freestyle title and second place overall in the King of the
Caribbean.

The vital heats of the day for Matt Pritchard were tough draws against
Konan Lang (Naish) of Brazil and British number one Nik Baker (Mistral,
North). Pritchard sailed with gritted determination and advanced through
both heats ensuring himself a fifth place in the final elimination which
was enough to guarantee himself the overall title. Pritchard was
eventually defeated by teammate Tati Frans (Gaastra, AHD) who went on to
take third place today in the losers final against Kauli Seadi (Naish
boards, Naish Sails).

Todays double elimination final boiled down to a match up between Ricardo
Campello and Tonki Frans. Campello won the first of the two double
elimination finals but Tonki came back in style and convincingly won their
second head to head. The final blow came in the closing seconds of the
heat when Tonki landed the chacho, which sent his home crowds on the beach
into hysterics. The results ensured event victory for Tonki Frans&a real

Cinderella story for his first season on the PWA world tour.

TONKI FRANS
I am very happy. I want to thank everybody for coming here and want to
thank all the sponsors that made this event happen. It was great to win in
my back yard and hope we can have another event here next year!

MATT PRITCHARD
I did exactly what I had to do today. My brother Kevin sent me an e-mail
which said heat by heatand that was how I played it. I knew my heat
against Baker was critical and I tried not to feel the pressure&but I did!

I was pretty pumped up and fell of once but let it all go and flowed all
the way through. I am super, super stoked. I think celebrations are in
order tonight!

TODAYS RESULTS: MEN

1. Tonki Frans (Gaastra, AHD)
2. Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde)
3. Tati Frans (Gaastra, AHD)
4. Kauili Seadi (Naish Boards, Naish Sails)

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)

In the womens competition Karin Jaggi completed her comeback and won the
fifth round to make it 3-2 against Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde) and
take both the Queen of the Caribbean and overall PWA freestyle titles.
After the two of the three finals today the girls were one apiece so it
was down to the wire to decide the event and overall title in the last
final. It was Jaggi who held her nerve and strung together the better
performance and won the judges decision.

KARIN JAGGI
I am very happy to be freestyle world champion. I think this place is
officially the number one freestyle destination in the world. I love it
here! We are really missing the twins here. That is a very sad story and
we really want them to come back next year we miss them a lot!

TODAYS RESULTS: WOMEN

1. Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows)
2. Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde)
3. Tanja Emig (RRD)
4. Julia Deutsch (Naish)

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)

The official closing ceremony and end of year awards will be held tomorrow

evening firstly at the beach and then onto the Casino Caribe, in the Plaza
resort. One thing is for certain &sailors will be out celebrating after
a
grueling year on the PWA tour!

  1. Johann Brunner

    Its great to read about events from 2002 and the oldies of that time. I actually miss the great names of Robby, Mat, Kevin, Josh, Jason and Pete because they was really great athlets and fantastic surfers.

    Still, I am happy our sport is still going on in a great manner.

    Thanks to you, the board builders, sail makers and all the others involved to make windsurfing more interesting and fun.

    Go on like that.

    Johann

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