As reported last week it is now 100% confirmed that the PWA event in Tenerife will happen, but for reduced prize money for both the men and the women. With some sailors unhappy about the decision it has become a contentious issue, so Boardseeker decided to dig a little deeper and find out the real facts behind the decision for the event to go ahead.
1. At the Denmark event in 2012 a wave sailors sub committee was formed to give the sailors themselves more say in decisions regarding the tour. (The PWA is already governed by a committee elected from amongst the sailors and industry who make the decisions about all PWA business in general. The new committee was to decide matters specific to wave sailing.)
2. There are 10 spots on the wave committee. Every rider in the top 24 of the wave rankings was given the opportunity to put themselves forward to be part of the committee and they were also given the chance to vote for their fellow sailors. So complete control of the committee was in the hands of the riders.
3. Out of the top 24, 16 put themselves forward to the committee and 17 voted.
4. With the final committee decided when the decision regarding Tenerife arose it was down to them to vote for if the event should go ahead with 30,000 Euro total money.
The wave committee members:
1. Dany Bruch
2. Robby Swift
3. Klaas Voget
4. John Skye
5. Kauli Seadi
6. Victor Fernandez
7. Marcilio Browme
8. Ross Williams
9. Ben Proffitt
10. Iballa Moreno (included to have a women’s representative)
5. A lot of discussion and a tricky decision later, the vote was 5-5.
6. Dany Bruch, as the chairman of the committee (as voted by the riders) had the final and very tough final decision. Surely nobody is better placed than Dany to make this decision and after much further deliberation he decided that the event should run.
7. The decision was made as a one off event decision. There is no expectation that this should or will happen again at an event, but with no wind in Pozo and the majority of riders in the Canaries it was agreed that for this event only it was a valid decision. This is not a representation of any changes to the usual standards for PWA events, in any of the disciplines.
Opinion will always be split as to whether this was the right or wrong decision, in fact we don’t believe that in this situation there is a wrong or right. Everyone is trying to work to do the best for the tour and windsurfing, however as ever there are different opinions on what is best.
What is clear to us is that the decision was not made lightly, by a single person or without thought. It was a hard, but well thought out decision, that we all hope proves to be the correct decision.
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