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Paradise Race - 19-24 January 2004
Posted On:  24/09/2003

The « Paradise Race™ » invitational, itinerating windsurfing race featuring 30 of the world’s best ever windsurfers will take place in the
Dominican Republic from the 18th to the 26th of January 2004.

Mr. Arsenio Borges, Director of the Dominican Republic’s Harbor Authority is proud to announce that the Dominican Republic will host and co/sponsor the first edition of the « Paradise Race™ » from the 18th to the 26th of January 2004.

The Paradise Race is a competition integrating several fun sports (windsurf, kite-surf, surf, etc.). The original navigation format will privilege coast raids and the discovery of the island and special means will be set up in order to film the several stages of the race.
The event will bring together 30 of the world’s best ever windsurfers. From the 19th to the 24th of January 2004, they will navigate in the Dominican Republic’s dream spots such as Samana Bay, among the whales, or the usually forbidden Saona Bay…

Dream will be conveyed to spectators thanks to the nice and photogenic athletes who vehicle genuine values all year long : respecting the ocean and more generally nature. Numerous TV broadcasts (among which four 26-minutes spots programmed on Eurosport international during the 2004 summer) will also enable a wide public to identify with values such as friendship, mutual respect and freedom.

The Paradise Race has also been created in order to allow the champions to aid the local underprivileged populations : one full day will be dedicated to them. We truly hope that initiating young Dominicans to windsurfing on youth-specific equipment that will be donated to the local windsurfing schools at the end of the event, and visits and distribution of food in the poorest areas should contribute to increasing public awareness of their condition.

The operation is co-organized by two French agencies : Aristeia Sport Communication (hospitality agency) and Transmedias (logistics company). Sydney Olympic Champion Christoph Sieber will be managing relations with the press and competitors on site.

Press Contact :
Olivier Carteret, Aristeia Sport Communication
Tel.: + 33 1 40 09 86 86
Fax: + 33 1 40 09 86 87
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