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Windsurf E-News: 16 - January 2003
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2003 IWA MEETING WITH THE INDUSTRY
All Industry members are cordially invited to meet IWA delegates on Thursday January 23rd at BOOT Dusseldorf, Germany at 1000hrs. The meeting will take place in the Congress Centre.

The following are the agenda points
1) Defining the IWA (Power Point Presentation)
2) The IWA White Paper on future Olympic Equipment
3) Question & Answer session with Rich Jeffries (USA) on the ISAF Evaluation Trials
4) Equipment Registration
5) Industry Representation on the IWA Board

6) Any Other Business
NATIONAL CLASS MEMBERSHIP FEES
Invoices for Annual National Class Membership Fees for 2003 were circulated on 3 December. A reminder that payment is due by 1 January 2003. Please be sure to complete and return the "Survey Form" included whether or not Class fees are paid. Contact details from this are included in the IWA Yearbook and on the IWA Website. It is important to keep this information up-to-date.

Please send copy of your 2002 national championship results or final national ranking lists for each class represented as well as a copy of your 2003 national events calendar.

THE FORMULA WINDSURFING STRUCTURE FOR 2003/2004 - (and beyond?)
Article by Ceri Williams IFWC Chairman - The 2002 AGM set the scene by voting to freeze class rules for the next 2 years. The KEY elements of this structure are: Stability-Continuity-Simplicity and Clarity. Read more on the FW web site. http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=news&id=264

IMCO E-mail ADDRESS NOW CHANGED
Please change your contact e-mail address for the IMCO to imco@internationalwindsurfing.com The old CompuServe address has been discontinued.
FOR 2003 IFCA DECIDES TO FOCUS MORE ON SLALOM AGAIN
Slalom is once again considered as a full discipline with Continentals and Worlds from 2003 onwards. For some years slalom has been losing out in the sport due to a lot of races being cancelled because of insufficient wind. With the recent evolution in slalom boards and rigs IFCA believes that it is time to re-launch slalom.

IFCA propose to stage single discipline slalom events as well as to combine slalom with course racing (Formula Windsurfing) at racing events with both disciplines contributing 50% of the final score.

National organizers are advised either to organize Racing events with both Course Racing (FW) and Slalom scheduled or to schedule slalom only events.

For details of Championship Rules for the Continental and World Championships go to http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/Default.asp?newsid=100

2002 MISTRAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - PATTAYA THAILAND 4-15 December 2002
After a hard fought regatta Gal Fridman (ISR) finally achieved a lifetimes ambition to win the Mistral Worlds and created a little bit of history in the process. No Israeli has ever won a World title in an Olympic discipline before! It goes without saying that, on his return home, the scenes at Tel Avis airport on his return were something special.

Meanwhile, Ricardo "Bimba" Santos also achieved a personal best by finishing 2nd overall just in front of Julien Bontemps (FRA) who made a terrific charge at the end to snatch 3rd place from Nikos Kaklamanakis who failed to win his 5th world title.

Final Results after 11 (Gold) and 12 (Silver) Men: http://www.windsurfingthailand.com/200212mistral/1215final_men.htm

1 ISR 18 FRIDMAN Gal (M1975)
2 BRA 1 SANTOS Ricardo (M1980)
3 FRA 6 BONTEMPS Julien (M1979)

Barbara Kendall came back from a two-year lay off to win the women's worlds in a big fleet (64) and in the process beat her Sydney 2000 nemesis, Alessandra Sensini. The only woman she did not have to face up to was Lee Lai Shan who withdrew from the competition with a gastric complaint before racing began.

Final results after 11 races Women: http://www.windsurfingthailand.com/200212mistral/1215final_women.htm

1 NZL 15 KENDALL Barbara
2 ITA 25 SENSINI Alessandra
3 FRA 9 MERRET Faustine
MATT PRITCHARD AND KARIN JAGGI SCOOP THE 2002 OVERALL PWA FREESTYLE TITLES!
After a grueling year on the men's PWA freestyle tour with four incredible events in Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Canada, and Bonaire Matt Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD) has taken the PWA overall freestyle title. Pritchard has been battling away on the PWA circuit for the last ten years and has finally achieved one of his main lifetime goals by joining the elite as a PWA overall Champion.
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/origcol.php3?articleid=199
2002 PWA FREESTYLE KING OF THE CARIBBEAN FINALE 11-18 DECEMBER 2002
The PWA freestyle finals concluded in spectacular fashion after Tonki Frans (Gaastra, AHD) closed out the event with his final move the Chacho in the mens' third round final. The move ensured the King of the Caribbean title for the local sailor in front of his home crowd.
In the women's title chase it was Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows) who came out on top after a riveting battle with Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde) of Venezuela. After four rounds of intense competition the two sailors were neck and neck and the title chase all boiled down to the final heat of the day
Event report: http://www.pwaworldtour.com/origcol.php3?articleid=198
Results: http://www.pwaworldtour.com/eventresults.php3?eventid=37
WINDSURFING EURO CUP ANNUAL REPORT 2002
In the second year of its existence the Windsurfing Euro-Cup has continued with its positive development as leading competition series in the racing field. After six events in the founding year 2001, nine events in six different countries have been organized in 2002. A total of 290 different competitors took part in the competitions and can be found in the annual ranking list.

http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/files/usercontent/pages/Euro-Cup_Annua_Report_2002.htm

THE CALEMA MIDWINTERS 2003 INVITATION
Greetings from Sunny Florida, The One and Only, the Original Calema Midwinters, in Merritt Island, Florida Space Coast is now online. Join us in the biggest windsurfing family gathering in the USA. It is our pleasure and pride to invite all people to attend this event in its 19th year. Last year we had 253 competitors.
Team Members Phil McGain, PWA Masters World Champion, and Matt Pritchard, 2002 PWA Freestyle World Champion will be conducting a 2 day clinic on Racing. This clinic is for more advanced sailors who are on Formula boards, and want to tap Phil and Matt's vast knowledge. Clinic dates 26-27th February, limited to 15 people.

Midwinters Racing for A-fleet starts the 28th (Friday) to March 2nd. Sport Fleet racing starts March 1st > 2nd. Please check the website www.calema.com We hope to see you here.

REGISTERED BOARDS LIST
Check the new list: http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=19&parent=3&grandparent=0
2003 MAJOR EVENTS
- Mistral, Raceboard & Formula South American Championship
Buenos Aires, Argentina Feb 25th > March 1st

- Mistral Oceania Championship
Whangaparoa, New Zealand - March 1st > 4th

- Mistral & Raceboard Asian Championship
Penang, Malaysia March 8th > 14th

- Mistral & Raceboard North American Championship
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico March 11th > 16th

- Formula Europeans
Douarnenez, France May 3th >8th 2003

- Mistral European Championship
Palermo Mondello, Sicily, ITALY, May 5-14 2003
Pre-notice of race, event information: http://www.albaria.it/european2003

Formula Festival
Lake Garda, Italy - July 7th >12th 2003
- includes 2003 IFWC YOUTH WORLDS & Championship Formula Racing for Junior, Espoir and Master
- Youth & Juniors compete on ASA boards (with limited rig sizes) taken from the 2003 FW list (now on the IFWC website),
- Espoir & Masters equipment according to Class rules : any board from the Official list
- Raceboard Worlds (inc 7.5 & Unlimited)
Greece July 19th > 26th

- Aloha, Mistral & Raceboard Junior, Youth & Masters Europeans
Puck, Poland August 2nd > 9th

- IFCA American Continentals
Freestyle, Formula and Slalom - Magdalen Islands - Canada Week August 25th > 30th

- Mistral Worlds
Cadiz, Spain September 11th > 22nd

- Formula Worlds
Sardinia, early October 2003

- IFCA Worlds - Wave-Freestyle and Racing, Slalom
Hyeres, France in October - week 43

- Aloha, Mistral & Raceboard Junior, Youth & Masters Worlds
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico November 29th > Dec 6th
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