The authorities gave the go-ahead for the thirty-fifth edition of the Kitesurfing World Cup in Gran Canaria on Saturday morning, which takes place on Pozo Izquierdo beach from July 1 to 9, with more than 150 participants from more than fifteen countries from America, continents Asian and European (Brazil, Venezuela, Aruba, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Sweden, etc.).
The event was attended by the government’s Minister of Tourism, Hector Gomez. government delegate, Anselmo Pestana; Vice President of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo; island sports council member, Aridany Romero; Santa Lucia City Council Mayor Francisco García; The Sports and Tourism Advisers, Julio Ojeda and Veronica Suarez, respectively, were also accompanied by the Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Carolina Darías, among other local authorities.
The Minister of Tourism, Hector Gómez, highlighted the importance of this world championship and noted that “The Canary Islands fulfill the necessary conditions to hold more events on the world circuit. This competition is a tourist attraction and a point of reference not only for Gran Canaria, the Canary Islands and Spain. The sporting activity is one of The many characteristics that define us as a country destination.” In addition, he praised the organization of the test and hopes for the best results for its development.
For his part, Vice-President of the Island Council, Augusto Hidalgo, affirmed that “it is a test that has become a world reference and is already a classic come summer in Gran Canaria. It is one of the most exciting and demanding competitions in which the best local skiers and more than 40 international racers participate.”
Francisco García, Mayor of Santa Lucia de Tirajana, emphasized that “Gran Canaria is not only a destination for sun and beach, but also a sporting destination like this tournament. Throughout the year, Pozo Izquierdo is a reflection of what is celebrated here these days, as a large number of people come International athletes to play sports, stay in our municipality and enjoy the surroundings.”
“We are on the map and these days Gran Canaria is the world center of surfing. Sport is competition, it is tourism, it is the economy, and it is a key component of the export of our brand. Gran Canaria does it with this the event “.
While Julio Ojeda, Sports Advisor of Santa Lucia de Tirajana, explained that “these days the Surfing World Cup is an excuse to share the sea and the winds of our municipalities, living a sporting, cultural and leisure experience”.
Bjorn Donkerbeck thanked the authorities for their help at the start of the championship and confirmed the good surfing conditions. “Pozo Izquierdo greets us with strong winds and big waves to ensure the show starts.”
Once the reception and registration by the participants was over, the usual meeting of the organizers took place with the windsurfers who eagerly jumped into the water thanks to the amazing conditions on the beach of Pozo Izquierdo, with the category of male professionals. waves.
This 35th edition is participating again this year and its main champions will be the Brazilian Ricardo Campello and the Frenchman. Baptiste Clorick And Antoine Martin, who leads the overall standings of the PWA Waves category. The ‘home of windsurfing’, as Gran Canaria is already called, will be attended by local riders Phillip Köster, 2022 champion Pozo Izquierdo, Liam Dunkerbeck, Marino Gil or Michael Friedl.
The PWA Kitesurfing World Championships is sponsored by Cabildo de Gran Canaria, through the Departments of Sport and Tourism. the tourism sector of the Canary Islands government; Santa Lucia de Tirajana City Council.
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