In a ground-breaking move, the Professional Windsurfers Association announced today that the opening Wave Grand Prix of the season will be broadcast live from Gran Canaria.
With its' revolutionary technology, Narrowstep Inc, the TV on the Internet specialists, will be providing a platform for this coverage through their recently launched high.tv website.
This is not just a webcast at the usual "webcast quality" however, as there are different formats that the programming can be viewed in, though the best quality is achieved using a Broadband connection which high.tv is geared for.
Sportshows TV, the PWA's Television partners will be providing the live coverage, which is a test for further broadcasts from the PWA Tour later this year. It will be a full-on live show with expert windsurfing commentators watching the worlds' best action as it happens. With presenters, interviews and post action comments from the sports top stars, this is a revolutionary new way to cover the sport and bring into the homes of every windsurfing fan worldwide.
The PWA Vargas Grand Prix will be broadcast live from the beach in Vargas on Gran Canaria's east coast, with a two-hour live show planned for the afternoons of Saturday 3rd May and Sunday 4th May, starting around 2pm local time subject to conditions.
The show can be linked to from the PWA's website at pwaworldtour.com
PWA Tour Manager Richard Page commented, "This is a huge step forward for the sport in terms of the media potential, and shows the level of growth and interest there is in professional windsurfing worldwide. I think people will be surprised at being able to see the best in the world going for it and know it's happening in real time".
Sportshows TV Managing Director Clifford Webb said, "We've been covering windsurfing for many years now, but this is the first real opportunity to show the sport live, as it happens. We'll produce 12 x 25 minute programs on the world tour this year for international distribution, but being able to cover this wave contest from Gran Canaria in 30 knot winds and with double loop attempts happening it's going to be just wild".