The Curacao Challenge will be held for the 5th consecutive year from May 10th to May 12th. The event has proven to be a welcome addition to windsurf competitions in the Caribbean. Visitors can expect spectacular high speed slalom windsurfing and spectacular moves & loopings by the Worlds' best Freestyle windsurfers, such as Kiri Thode, Taty Frans and local heroes like Rafael de Windt and JP van der Wolde.
The goal of the organization is to create an international platform for the many talented windsurfers on Curacao and the surrounding islands. Event Director Hilde Schnitzler explains: "We have about 100 local kids in our weekly windsurfing lesson program. The Curacao Challenge is The Big Thing of the year. It's great to see all the happy faces".
Kiri Thode (winner freestyle 2012) feels the same way: "Since the first one back in 2009, I liked this event because it’s a pretty big event in the ABC islands and really well organized. A lot of people are supporting it. I can't wait to be there again. ACTION!"
During the event there will be more than just surfing. A Surf Town will be created where everybody can experience the Curacao surf culture. Relax in the sand at the seaside, watch incredible top athletes perform and even join in on the action with various fun activities. New this year is the addition of the Stand Up Paddle Challenge, which will be the very first SUP competition on Curacao ever. "The Curacao Challenge is one of the great events in the Caribbean", says Taty Frans (pro windsurfer from Bonaire), "because the atmosphere is warm and the organizers are friendly. Windsurfing and racing in the water of Curacao is enjoyable and it's a must."
During the event, photos, videos & results will be posted online. There will be a livestream available for those who can’t make it to Curacao.
The Curacao Challenge is powered by Amstel Bright, Goisco, Insel Air, HICC, EWT, het Kinderfeestje, PRGV, Windsurfing Curacao, Merlin Internet Marketing, Securitas, Dolfijn FM and many more.
Curacao has great wind conditions year round with tradewinds blowing at around 20 knots. With an average of 8 sun hours a day and absolutely no need for a wetsuit, this beautiful Caribbean island is a windsurfer’s dream. The conditions are similar to neighboring islands Aruba and Bonaire, which are two of the world’s most popular windsurf destinations.
Event website [http://www.curacaochallenge.com]