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The 2012 PWA World Tour is gearing up and the provisional schedule has already been announced. The best windsurfers in the world will kick off another season of Freestyle, Wave and Slalom competition in Austria, between 27th April and 1st May.

Austria, Korea, Aruba, Bonaire, Costa Brava, Marseille, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Furteventura, Turkey, Denmark, Germany and Vietnam are the chosen venues.

"The Cape Verde event is not currently listed on the calendar. We are still in discussion with the government in Cape Verde and there are still possibilities for the event to happen but we do not have concrete enough information to publish details at this time", reports the Professional Windsurfers Association.

"We expect more information to be available in the next week, but if the event goes ahead it is likely that it will be at comparatively short notice, before the middle of March".

In case of events with two disciplines, some will have split dates. Although these are not 100% fixed yet, the following dates will have individual disciplines: Aruba (Freestyle) between 26th-30th May and Aruba (Slalom) between 29th May and 2nd June.

The 2012 PWA World Tour schedule:

Austria (Freestyle, Men only): 27th April - 1st May
Korea (Slalom): 5th - 11th May
Aruba (Freestyle + Slalom): 26th May - 2nd June
Bonaire (Freestyle): 4th - 8th June
Costa Brava (Slalom): 12th - 17th June
Marseille (Slalom, Men only): 20th - 24th June
Lanzarote (Freestyle): 26th - 30th June
Gran Canaria (Wave): July (dates TBC)
Tenerife (Wave): July (dates TBC)
Fuerteventura (Freestyle + Slalom): 20th - 30th July
Turkey (Slalom): 6th - 11th August
Denmark (Wave, Men only): 17th - 23rd September
Germany (Wave + Freestyle + Slalom): 28th Sept - 7th Oct
Vietnam (Freestyle + Slalom): 30th Nov - 8th Dec