PWA Costa Teguise 2010: Men's and Womens Freestyle At Las Cucharas

The women's fleet will join the men for the first time this season in Lanzarote for the 2010 PWA Costa Teguise. A huge prize purse will ensure some of the best action the sport has to offer.

PWA Costa Teguise 2010.  Photo: Event HostThe world's best freestylers are preparing for the Canary Islands leg of the 2010 PWA Tour which will be held from June 30th to July 3rd.  The event will launch with men’s and women’s freestyle at Las Cucharas beach in Lanzarote.

Event No.1 of the freestyle world tour on the Neusiedler See, Podersdorf, ended with Taty Frans in first place for the men's fleet.

The women’s fleet will make its first appearance in Lanzarote, providing the ladies with the opportunity to prove themsleves to the judges and gain ranking points.

A short walk from the animated town of Costa Teguise, the competition area offers unpredictable conditions and relentless trade winds that that will be perfect for impressive freestyle moves. The competitors can pull of jumps typical only of wave competition because of the extreme swells in some areas.

However, other areas are glassy flat, providing an arena for the latest technical trickery.

Despite a rumored injury, all eyes will no doubt be on Taty Frans to see if he can continue the consistent game that he’s currently playing. Frans has won the previous two world tour events, including the final stop of 2009 in Sylt, and the first stop of this year in Podersdorf.

Taty Frans trains with the best crew in the world whilst at home in Bonaire, which includes his brother Tonky Frans who is more than capable of a podium finish, and the innovative Kiri Thode who has been unlucky not to claim an event crown to date.

The world media will also be watching, Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo, who is rated by many as the most consistent freestyler in the world.

Since this will be the first event of the 2010 season for the women, it could be very decisive for a world champion like Sarah-Quita Offringa. Offringa has her eyes set on her third world title in a row this year. However, Laure Treboux, Junko Nagoshi and Yoli De Brendt won't make it easy for her.

With a €45,000 prize purse up for grabs at the 2010 PWA Costa Teguise (€30,000 for the men’s fleet, and €15,000 for the women), there is no doubt that the sailors will be giving 110%.

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