PWA World Tour introduces the Freestyle Qualifying Series

April 16, 2018 | Windsurfing
PWA World Tour: pro windsurfing is about to debut the new Freestyle Qualifying Series | Photo: Carter/PWA

The professional windsurfing circuit is about to revolutionize the freestyle competition.

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) announced the introduction of the Freestyle Qualifying Series (FQS), in association with the European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT)

The new system will allow any windsurfer to make it to the 2019 PWA Freestyle World Tour, where only the top 20 sailors compete.

"The EFPT has an existing tour of events which are both credible and well run, as well as many years of experience in freestyle," Rich Page, PWA World Tour manager, told Continent Seven.

"This will also allow us to reduce the PWA fleet at events to 32, and reduce costs. This means we can run a two-man format, which is far better for spectators both on the beach and on the live stream."

Rich Page hopes that the new FQS model will be adopted, later, by other disciplines, so they're also working with the International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) to try and do the same in wave sailing.

The PWA World Tour tried to do something similar with the IFCA in slalom, but the results were not satisfactory. "They have a different vision about what is needed in the sport, especially with regards to the youth and junior categories," added Page.

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