On February 11th the PWA has released their provisional 2020 tour calendar with 12 events:
- 8 Slalom events (new format or classic) for men and 5 for women
- 5 Wave performance events for women & men and
- 2 Freestyle events for men and one for women
“We are finally able to publish the PWA Calendar for 2020. Securing Freestyle events at the top level still presents its challenges and we continue to work on possibilities for all events through the year.
On the wave tour, the usual suspects will continue for 2020 and we expect to continue to build on the success of the very successful collaboration on Maui with our friends from the IWT, to ensure that the Aloha Classic continues to be a part of the world ranking.
The Slalom tour remains very strong and going into the 2020 season, the discipline is undergoing its greatest evolution in over a decade. Racing will now take place in winds down to 5 knots, with competitors being able to choose whether they race on a fin or a foil, creating a tactical opportunity as winds increase, similar to that of a tyre choice in formula 1 motor racing. The new format will almost guarantee racing on a daily basis at events and will ensure high speed action whether its 5.0m weather in Fuerteventura or a gentle sea breeze in Costa Brava.” (PWA)
February 21st: Unfortunately the PWA had to announce the cancellation of the Japan event in April 2020 and it’s not sure, if the second Asian tour stop in South Korea will take place. Read more
As a result of the impact of the corona virus, COVID-19, the organizing committee of the Japan PWA World Cup at Yokosuka, have taken the decision to cancel this year’s event in the interests of the health and safety of competitors, crew and spectators.
The committee made the following statement: “The Japanese Government has issued a directive for the restraint of nonessential and non-urgent activities in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, many large-scale events within Japan have been cancelled. The members of the Executive Committee have decided to prioritize the health and safety of the sailors and visitors. In order to prevent the spread of the virus, we have determined that it would be best to cancel the 2020 Japan PWA competition.”
There are still 7 Slalom events (new format or classic) for men and 4 for women on the updated calendar.
PWA World Tour Calendar 2020 (provisional)
- France / Marignane – (31st March – 5th April) Slalom women & men – World Cup 5 Star
Japan / Yokosuka – (17th – 22th April) Slalom women & men – World Cup 5 Star(cancelled due to the coronavirus/COVID-19)
- South Korea / Jinha Beach – (30th April – 5th May) Slalom women & men – World Cup 5 Star
- Spain / Costa Brava – (19th – 24th May) Slalom (men only) – World Cup 4 Star
- Portugal / Viana do Castelo – (16th – 21st June) Slalom women & men – World Cup 5 Star
- Gran Canaria / Pozo Izquierdo (3th -11th July) Wave performance women & men – World Cup 5 Star
- Croatia / Bol (13th -18th July) Slalom – World Tour 1 Star
- Fuerteventura / Sotavento (23th July – 1st August) Slalom men only, Freestyle women & men – Grand Slam 6 Star
- Tenerife / El Cabezo (3rd – 9th August) Wave performance women & men – World Cup 5 Star
- Denmark / Klitmøller Cold Hawaii (13th – 20th September) Wave performance women & men – World Tour 1 Star
- Germany / Sylt (25th September – 4th October) Wave performance women & men, Freestyle men, Slalom men – Grand Slam 7 Star
- Maui / Ho’okipa (28th October – 12th November) Wave performance women & men – World Cup 5 Star
Additional possibilities include events in Brazil, Turkey, China & Cabo Verde
Portugal & Klitmøller returned to the calendar. Croatia is new on the calendar for 2020.
NEW STAR RATINGS on the PWA World Tour in 2020
Star ratings are added next to the events which is a new addition to the PWA structure. Under the new system, events will be awarded stars based on the level of the event in terms of prize money and associated standards.
New, lower level options have been created to offer an opportunity for new or smaller events to become part of the World Tour. These events, awarded the status of “World Tour” 1 – 3 Star will carry ranking points that count towards the PWA World Championship ranking according to their level. The points at each level will be calculated on a percentage basis according to the prize money level compared to full World Cup Prize money. However, riders will only count results according to the number of events at 4 star World Cup level and above. For example, if there 4 events at 4 Star World Cup or above, then a rider will count their best 4 results of the season – regardless of what level they are – before any discard rules have been applied.
1 – 3 Star events will include one discipline at different levels below World Cup Prize Money
4 Star events will include one full World Cup discipline for either men or women
5 Star events will include one full World Cup discipline for both men and women
6 Star events will include a minimum of 2 disciplines OR above minimum prize money
7 Star events will include more than 2 disciplines
All events of 4 to 7 Star, World Cup, Grand Slam and Super Grand Slam rating and above will carry the same ranking points for each discipline regardless of their star rating.