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Date:  12-19th July 2000
Location: Pozo / Gran Canaria
Status:   Grand Slam
Discipline: Wave/Race/Slalom
Prizemoney: 140.000 US $

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Welcome to the show. Pozo Izquierdo is going off!!

The sailors are well prepared for the Grand Slam. The last few days have provided some optimum conditions for them, the strong cross on shore winds forcing them to select sails below 4.0. The wild winds that make this such a challenging location leave sailors in no doubt that Gran Canaria is a windsurfing paradise. In the next week we should enjoy some exciting sailing and see some of the toughest competition in the world of windsurfing.

The dramatic scenery around Pozo sets the scene for the contest and is a reminder of the ferocious wind that screams across this side of the island. As a home for so many professional windsurfers Gran Canaria provides a very friendly atmosphere, everyone looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

There is a great attendance from the worldÍs top windsurfers. Many having travelled from across the world to compete at this challenging venue. The line up includes Vidar Jensen N-44 (Drops,North) and his brother Orjan E-19 (North). The Baker brothers Nik K-66 (Mistral, North) and Ant K-77(F2, Arrows), Marcos Perez E-7 (Mistral, North) and Francisco Goya A-211 (Fanatic,Arrows). Defending his home territory is Bjorn Dunkerbeck E-11(F2, Neil Pryde) who will be hoping to use his local knowledge to full effect.

Spirits were high amongst the sailors in anticipation of the intense competition that lies ahead. Sailors have been arriving throughout the day, rigging their equipment, weighing it down and building rock shelters to protect it from the screaming wind.

One of the sailors attending The Grand Slam in Pozo Izquierdo is world famous Robby Naish US-1111(Mistral, Naish) . Having competed on the PWA tour for over 15 years he is recognised as one of the worlds most accomplished wave sailors. He considers the Gran Canaria Grand Slam to be the toughest and most demanding event in the wave series. Robby, "The high winds and fierce on-shore conditions make this a really challenging event. When the wind blows the locals definitely have an advantage here.

There are some very exciting young sailors competing and we can expect to see some great moves this week. You can expect ïdouble loopsÍ and ïpush loops ï. ItÍs all gonna be happening here!" Pozo has already claimed an early victim. Matt Pritchard US-10 (AHD,Gaastra) suffered a bad ankle injury yesterday and has decided to fly home for treatment.

His brother and team-mate Kevin US-3 (Bic,Gaastra) spoke about what happened. Kevin, "Matt has been working hard for the last six months and this is really hard on him. We (The Team) will have to work extra hard and try to win it for him. IÍm gonna be extra motivated to do it for Matt!"

With registration complete we are waiting to hear who has been awarded the wild card entries. There are a number of rookies keen to discover if they will get a chance to challenge the established sailors.

Competition begins tomorrow and the action will certainly provide plenty more thrills and spills. The opening ceremony takes place tonight at The Gloria Palace Hotel where sailors will meet with the local organisers and representatives from the Patromato de Tourismo, sponsors of the event. The hotel will provide a great opportunity for everyone to relax and enjoy an evening of hospitality before the contest heats up.

 

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