PWA World Tour: plenty of room for new sails

The 2011 PWA World Tour calendar has been released. This year, there are 14 pro windsurfing events and three new destinations: Mui Ne (Vietnam), Aruba (Caribbean) and El Medano (Tenerife). Race, wave and freestyle are the official disciplines.

The action starts with an all-new event in Mui Ne, Vietnam, which will see the PWA’s men’s and women’s freestyle and slalom fleets battling it out for a share of the event’s €100,000 prize purse on the palm fringed beaches of the South China Sea.

Adding to the tally of new destinations, the World Tour will also pay a visit to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean for the first time since 2005. Taking the plunge will be the freestyle and slalom fleets, who’ll christen Aruba’s waters in a week long Grand Slam extravaganza.

The final new installment for 2011 is a stop on the wave drenched stores of El Medano in southern Tenerife. Like its neighboring islands of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, Tenerife enjoys the consistent north east trade winds which blow for the duration of the northern hemisphere’s summer. Couple this with a reliable supply of Atlantic swell, and you have the makings of a classic show down for the PWA’s wave fleet.

Standing alongside these new additions there’s the eclectic selection of tried and tested locations, which include the grueling European leg of the World Tour and slalom action in Ulsan, South Korea.

2011 PWA World Tour calendar:

2011 MUI NE, VIETNAM
Feb 25 - Mar 05

2011 PODERSDORF AUSTRIA
Apr 29 - May 04

2011 ULSAN WORLD CUP KOREA
May 14 - May 20

2011 COSTA BRAVA SPAIN
May 31 - Jun 05

2011 BONAIRE
Jun 12 - Jun 16

2011 ARUBA
Jun 19 - Jun 26

2011 EL MEDANO TENERIFE
TBC

2011 POZO GRAN CANARIA
TBC

2011 COSTA TEGUISE LANZAROTE
TBC

2011 SOTAVENTO FUERTEVENTURA
Jul 22 - Aug 01

2011 PEGASUS AIRLINES PWA WORLD CUP, ALACATI, TURKEY
Aug 08 - Aug 13

2011 KLITMØLLER DENMARK
Sep 12 - Sep 18

2011 SYLT, GERMANY
Sep 23 - Oct 01

2011 SAL, CABO VERDE
TBC