WISSA 2020 is over
Winter Surf Worlds WISSA 40th event took place from 10th to 15th of February 2020. Due to the weather conditions, the event was relocated from the original location of Pärnu, Estonia, to Lestijärvi. Finland.
There were 91 competitors at main races plus 2 additional at the marathon, making a total of 93 racers. People from 14 countries were there to take part in WISSA, including countries like Australia, France, Belgium. There were 5 classes, 5 disciplines and a total of 8 divisions in WISSA 2020.
The organizing authority of WISSA 2020 is Estonian Yachting Union.
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