The 2005 Schroders London Boat Show will host a spectacular three-day Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) competition from 14-16 January.
Those that remember the amazing stunts and cheeky manoeuvres that wowed the 2004 crowds will be pleased to hear the world's top windsurfers will once again be making the ExCeL centre their home for several days. With the stakes upped and a prize fund of $100,000 the show promises to be amazing.
On Thursday 13 January the UK Windsurfing Association (UKWA) is holding a competition featuring mens, womens, masters and youth categories. The riders that impress the judges will be selected to progress into the PWA competition. Already the competition is heating up with the likes of Robbie Swift, Ben Proffitt, John Hibbard, Paul Hunt, Mark Hosegood and our other top guys all looking forward to the event. Also new for 2005 are freestyle, jump and racing demonstrations by some of the best UK riders.
A specialist wind flow company has been employed to help improve the wind circulation on the pool. By building a 1:50 scale model of the arena and studying in detail the wind measurements and dynamics from the 2004 event, organisers have designed an improved circulation system for 2005.
The massive popularity of the 2004 event led to unavoidable queues as visitors from the UK and abroad waited to catch a glimpse of the action. To avoid disappointment this year the seating capacity of the stadium has been doubled in size to house 3,000 spectators. Tickets to the PWA events will be on sale at £6 via the ticket office on 0870 060 0246 or via the website http://www.schroderslondonboatshow.com
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