22 Jun 2011

PWA Windsurfing Worldcup in Pozo Izquierdo

Published in Living in Gran Canaria, News

The Canary Islands and specially Gran Canaria is known to be one of the best locations in the World for Windsurfing. Pozo Izquierdo (Gran Canaria) will be celebrating the PWA World Cup in Waves between the 5th and the 10th of July. Other 3 World Cups are going to be celebrated in the Canaries: in Tenerife (Waves), in Lanzarote (Freestyle) and in Fuerteventura (Freestyle and Slalom). The events can be seen here: http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=27.

Gran Canaria is widely known as the European capital of windsurf and Pozo Izquierdo is the most radical place to practice this sport. Many famous windsurfers live in Gran Canaria and surf in Pozo Izquierdo and we are very proud of Gran Canarian born twins Daida and Iballa Ruano who have been crowned World Champions on various occasions. Better known is the veteran Björn Dunkerbeck who has been crowned World Champion a massive 35 times and has broken the world speed sailing record on seven occasions, his career dates back to 1986 and his passion for the sport began in Playa del Ingles and spread further up the east coast until he found what was once the deserted beach of Pozo Izquierdo. Or the young Philip Köster, actual champion of the 2010 contest in Pozo. Other well known Windsurfers who live here are Darío Ojeda, Marcos Pérez, Vidar & Orjan Jensen, Jonas Ceballos, … (there are many so sorry for not putting them all).

Another radical and attractive contest is the Red Bull Air Rocket which is going to be celebrated on one day between the 24th and the 31st of June giving 2 days notice in advance being the contest day published on http://www.redbull.es/rockets. The highest jump and best trick will be prized. Jumps up to 8 meters and more will be normal.

But not only radical windsurfers are welcomed, Gran Canaria attracts many windsurfers the whole year. The Club Mistral in Bahía Feliz in the South offer great conditions for all levels and other locations near Pozo offer as well great flat water conditions if the conditions in Pozo are too strong. Shops and schools in Pozo as Hullon or Cutre offer great material and windsurfing school for all levels.