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GRAN CANARIA PWA GRAND SLAM PREVIEW

08:23 20th June 2003 by
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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.

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