The Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival starts this Friday at Pozo Izquierdo and does so by establishing a new record of participation. In its 31st edition, the international sporting event aims to maintain its status as a benchmark in the wave circuit of the Association of Professional Windsurfers (PWA).
A total of 128 competitors from 22 different nationalities, of which 48 take part in the men's category, 20 in the women's category and 60 in the junior category, will fight on the Pozo Izquierdo beach for the titles at stake.
The event, which was officially presented yesterday, had a media impact in 2018 of more than 80 million people from 70 different countries.
Highlight that the enrollment of women has increased with respect to previous years. One of them will be Gran Canaria Julia Pasquale, 16, who faces her second participation in the championship. "Last year we were only five girls in the junior category and now we are 16 who are enrolled in the competition," he says; therefore, "the organization has had to subdivide the test into sub-15, sub-17 and sub-20".
Clap the young rider The work of the Morenotwins Sports Club, organizer of the event. This promise of windsurfing, in addition to participating in the U-17 category, has been chosen to compete with the women's World Cup. He confesses that it supposes "a pride" to be able to fight "against the biggest of this sport", like the Ruano sisters.
The local representation in the Gran Canaria world championship in the elite competition is made up of 15 competitors.
The event continues to be a benchmark also in terms of parity in the amount of prizes that men and women receive. In 2018 this initiative was launched thanks to the involvement of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Promotur Turismo de Canarias and the City of Santa Lucia. "It has been our goal since we started to organize the event in 2012," commented the champion Iballa Ruano, organizer of the Pozo Izquierdo event.
"Should change the law so that equality between men and women in the awards is something mandatory, provided that this prize comes from public money," added the Gran Canaria sportswoman, who starts at home defending the world title won in 2018 , the tenth of her already extensive professional career -between her and her twin sister amount to nothing less than 28 twisted mundialistas-.
As for the masculine category, Víctor Fernández, an assiduous member of the Island since 1998, starts as Iballa Ruano in Pozo the defense of the planetary scepter that he conquered the previous year.
Almeria, again, is one of the great favorites for victory. "I have won this test six times and I would like to be at the top of the podium again," he says. He added that "the level this year is quite high, so it will be a very difficult competition."
Between his possible rivals in the fight by the triumph Víctor Fernández indicated to Philip Köster like one of the most powerful adversaries. The German settled in Gran Canaria, winner in Pozo in 2018.
Antonio Morales, president of the Cabildo, presided yesterday the official presentation of the championship. "This test is considered the most radical in the world, with gusts of wind that can reach 90 km / h and waves of up to three meters," he said.
The calendar of the event is not only limited to the competition, it also has an extensive program of parallel activities.
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