24/02/2020 – COVID-19, THE PWA World Cup stage in Korea cancelled.
Following the cancellation of the Japanese World Cup last week and in light of the worsening situation of the COVID-19 virus (Corona Virus) on the Korean Peninsula, Local authorities in Ulju County and the city of Ulsan have taken the decision to cancel the PWA World Cup in Ulsan, Korea. As with the Japanese event, we expect Korea to return to the PWA calendar in 2021.
21/02/2020 – PWA management declares:
“impact of the Corona virus, COVID-19, the organizing committee of the Japanese PWA World Cup in Yokosuka, decided to cancel this year's event in the interests of the health and safety of competitors, crew and spectators.
The committee makes the following statement: "The Japanese government has issued a directive to limit non-essential and non-urgent activities in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
accordingly, many large-scale events in Japan have been canceled.
Executive Committee members decided to prioritise the health and safety of riders and visitors.
In order to prevent the spread of the virus, we've determined that it would be better to cancel the Japanese PWA competition in 2020″.
We know that many of you will be disappointed to miss the event from this year's calendar, especially for all windsurfers in Japan, but we understand and support the decision of the organizing committee.
We expect to return to Japan in 2021.”
11/02/2020 – PWA management declares:
“we're finally able to publish the PWA calendar for the 2020. Organizing Freestyle events at the highest level still presents its challenges and we continue to work on the possibilities of all events throughout the year.
During the wave tour, the usual events will continue for the 2020 and we plan to continue to build on the success of the maui collaboration with our friends at the IWT, to ensure that the Aloha Classic continues to be part of the world rankings.
The Slalom tour remains very strong and is entering the season 2020, the discipline is experiencing its greatest evolution for over a decade. The race will now take place with winds of up to 5 nodes, with competitors able to choose whether to run on a fin or foil, creating a tactical opportunity as the wind increases, similar to a choice of tyres in Formula1 car racing. The new format will almost guarantee races on a daily basis to events and will ensure high-speed action with both wind 5.0 in Fuerte that with a slight sea breeze in Costa Brava.
There are star votes next to the events, which is a new addition to the PWA facility. Under the new system, events will be awarded stars based on the level of the event in terms of cash prizes and associated standards.
New lower-level options have been created to provide the opportunity for new or smaller events to participate in the World Tour. These events, rewarded with the status of “World Tour” 1 – 3 Star, they will bring ranking points that are valid for the PWA World Championship ranking according to their level. Points from each level will be calculated on a percentage basis based on the level of the prize pool relative to the total World Cup prize pool. However, riders will only count the results based on the number of World Cup events to be 4 stars up. For example,, if there are 4 World Cup events in 4 stars or higher, a rider will count his 4 best results of the season, regardless of the level they are in, before the waste rules have been applied.
Events to be 1 a 3 Stars will include discipline at different levels below the World Cup prize pool
The events 4 stars will include a full World Cup discipline for men or women
The events 5 stars will include a full World Cup discipline for men and women
The events 6 stars will include a minimum of 2 o disciplines above the minimum prize pool
The events 7 stars will include more than 2 disciplines
All events to be 4 a 7 stars, World Cup, Grand Slam sands and super grand slams and above will have the same ranking points for each discipline, regardless of their star rating.”
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