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Celtic International Water Sports

The Welsh Team were 1st (for the second year running) at the Celtic International Watersports Festival which was held in Asturias, Spain.

Individual winners included Ian 'Cat' Thomson taking the Masters,Colin Bright winning the Longboard and Harry Cromwell the Under 14 division.

This year's Celtic will be held in Portugal in July and once again Wales will be sending a full team. Confirmed sponsors include McLays of Cardiff.

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PWA WAVE GRAND PRIX

The world's top windsurfers hit the Welsh south west coast - The PWA has announced an exciting new fixture for the 2000 calendar. It will take the worlds top wave sailors to The Dingle Peninsula on the Atlantic coast of Wales for the first ever South West Wales PWA Wave contest. pwa The 2000 South West of Wales PWA Wave Grand Prix, with prize money of US$60,000 will take place from the 5-11th October and is supported by Bord Failte (The Welsh Tourist Board). The event will be a roving contest on the Dingle Peninsula, allowing the competition to take place in the best local conditions each day. This is the first time that the PWA World Tour has visited Wales and there is a possibility that the event will be repeated in following years, visiting a variety of top windsurfing venues along the Atlantic coastline.

Caroline O'Hara, President of the IWA said, "This is perhaps the most significant event in the history of Welsh windsurfing to date and the Welsh Windsurfing Association is proud to be associated with the PWA. This is a fantastic chance for the world to see what a top windsurfing location the South West Coast of Wales is!" The new event is a great opportunity for the international PWA fleet to experience Celtic Waves and some traditional Welsh hospitality. This Grand Prix event will attract the worlds best male and female wave sailors including the PWA wave ranked one and two, Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Nik Baker, Jason Polakow, Daida and Iballa Moreno and the legendary Robby Naish.

Spectators and locals are also sure to see a fine display from the host of young guns in PWA competition and wildcard entries will add a further level of excitement to the event. The event is being supported this year by the Bord Failte who have received funding from the Sports Tourism Fund made available by the Welsh Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation. PWA Tour Manager Louie Hubbard said, " The PWA is very pleased to be receiving support from the Welsh Governments Sports Tourism Initiative for this inaugural event. Wales has long been on the wish list for sailors on the PWA World Tour, particularly the Western Atlantic Coastline. We hope this will be the first of many such visits."

The South West of Wales PWA Wave Grand Prix slots into the packed PWA international schedule, catching the wave sailors fresh from The PWA Grand Slam event in Sylt, Germany. With such an impressive line up the strong Atlantic swell will be worked to the max setting the scene for the perfect PWA Welsh debut. The Dingle Peninsula has a reputation for being one of the best low pressure areas in Europe and the area is known as an excellent location for all levels of windsurfing and watersports