From May 31st to June 2nd, visit the beautiful island of Bonaire for the upcoming 9th edition of the ProKids event. The crystal blue waters of Sorobon lagoon await, where the best of the best youngsters in freestyle and slalom will pave their way to future windsurfing domination from the Caribbean. Countless riders like Sarah-Quita Offringa, Kiri Thode, Taty Frans and many others have risen through the ProKids ranks, right on to the world stage of the PWA World Tour. You could be next!
This year, the 2013 ProKids Bonaire schedule is as follows:
• Friday, May 31th
10:00 AM: Registration at event site
19:00 PM: Opening Ceremony
• Saturday, June 1st
10:00 AM: Start of the Slalom & Freestyle Competitions
• Sunday, June 2nd
10:00 AM: Finals of the Slalom & Freestyle
18:00 PM: Awards Ceremony
Last year, the 8th ProKids Bonaire Freestyle & Slalom Championship was a success with many competitors from the Caribbean representing the islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. The Netherlands and the USA were also represented in numbers. Kiri Thode ended up taking 1st place in the Men's Freestyle, followed closely by Taty and Choko Frans. In the U-17 Freestyle category, Amado Vrieswijk came away with the victory while Jürgen Saragoza won it in the U-15.
As for slalom, Ethan Westera ranked 1st with Amado Vrieswijk arriving in 3rd place. Taty Frans, who had not participated in the first heats managed to grab a couple of 1st places but it wasn't enough to catch up with the other guys.
With last year’s 60+ participants, ProKids Bonaire 2013 promises to be even bigger with more attention for what’s happening on land as well. Expect great accommodations, celebrations and a windsurfing spectacle in true Caribbean fashion!