Bonaire: a windsurfing turquoise heaven

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) has announced that the Bonaire Freestyle World Cup, which was planned for June 2012, has been cancelled.

Despite the best efforts of all involved, a substantial cut in available government funding for the event has meant that the organizers have had to cancel their plans for 2012 and will now look ahead to bringing the event back for 2013.

In Aruba, the PWA stage has also suffered financial difficulties brought about in part by the recent closure of the refinery on the island, which has led to cuts in funding also.

As a result, the slalom aspect of the event has had to be cancelled for 2012. Work is still on going to secure the Freestyle event, but it is possible that the event dates may be moved to later in the year – either to the period previously occupied by Bonaire or potentially to the end of June.

The Professional Windsurfers Association hopes to bring you more concrete information in the next few days. Costa Brava will be just a men’s event again as it was in 2011.

The organisers have pushed hard to bring the women’s division back to the event, but in the end, the available funding was simply not sufficient and the event will go ahead for men only now.

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