WISSA 2020 event is welcoming you in Pärnu, Estonia
Pärnu, a beautiful seaside city at the Western Estonia, is hosting Winter Surf Worlds WISSA at it's 40th event, from 10th to 15th of February 2020. The competition is organized by the same committee who was responsible for WISSA 2016 and Winter Surf Europeans 2019. The organizing authority is Estonian Yachting Union.
We are happy to welcome all winter surfers from all around the world: kites, wings, sleds. Detailed info is in the Notice of Race. All updates in the event will be in the news section and linked to the Facebook event as well.
Welcome to all!
The World Ice and Snow Sailing Association (WISSA) Ice and Snow Sailing World Championships (ISSWC) is the longest running international competition in the sport of windsurfing - ironic given that windsurfing is a water sport.
The ISSWC got started in 1980, and WISSA officially formed at Worthsee, Germany in 1987. Originally, the organization was about windsurfing on ice and snow with various sleds powered by windsurfing rigs. Estonia 1991 saw the first hand held sail, and Poland 1993 was the first official start for kites. Those two milestones make the WISSA ISSWC the longest running international competition for both hand held and kite sail racing as well as windsurfing!
Although the official name of the event is Ice and Snow Sailing World Championships (ISSWC) it is know to world by the name of the organization WISSA. The first Championships took place at 1980 the event is already 41 years "old" but as at 1998 the competition could not take place because of no snow it's 40th anniversary event at 2020.
WISSA defines “International” as having competitors from at least 5 countries.
The WISSA mission is to provide an international racing venue for the three classes:
- Open Class: Any sled powered by a windsurfing rig
- Hand Held: Any hand held sail such as kite wing or skate sail
- Kite Class: all sails tethered with lines
The further mission is to welcome all, to keep alive the wonderful tradition of international competition, friendship, and communication.
Latest international events:
- WISSA 2016, Estonia
- WISSA 2017, Russia
- WISSA 2018, Finland
- WISSA 2019, USA, Wisconsin
- Winter Surf Europeans 2019, Estonia