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World Sailing partners with GWA and IWSA to support the development of wingfoiling

by World Sailing 21 Nov 2022 02:30 PST
Close racing in the women's fleet with Ceris Orane (No.13) chasing Margherita Barro (No.19) and Ellie Aldridge (No. 30) - SabFoil 2022 WingFoil Racing World Cup & Open Europeans, Day 2 © IWSA Media / Markus Schwendtner

World Sailing has partnered with the Global Wingsports Association (GWA) and the International Wing Sports Association (IWSA) to support the development of one of the fastest growing sailing disciplines.

Under a new governance structure for the sport, World Sailing will endorse two Wingfoil world tours to cater to the fast-growing Wingfoiling community and provide the best platform for sailors across the globe.

  • An Expression World Tour delivered by the GWA under the name GWA Wingfoil World Tour which will crown world champions for the 'expression' disciplines including Wave, Freestyle, Big Air and Surf Slalom.
  • A Racing World Tour delivered by the IWSA which will crown world champions for the 'racing' disciplines, including a world champion for the Open discipline, where any Wingfoil equipment can be used providing a platform for the development of equipment in this fast-growing discipline, and a world champion for the Formula discipline, which will require the use of registered equipment from affiliated brands, providing a platform for series production equipment.

David Graham, World Sailing CEO, said, "World Sailing is delighted to be working with the GWA and IWSA to support the progress and further interest in this new discipline. The Expression World Tour and the Racing World Tour, with World Sailing in a supervisory role, will bring the sport of wingfoiling together and form a powerful platform to accelerate the interest and growth of Wingfoil amongst the sailing community.

"This partnership also creates an excellent opportunity to work with brands and the industry on our common goals of sustainability, development and growth, while making advances in safety standards and equipment quality. We look forward to working with the GWA and IWSA, and together we can shape the future of a discipline with incredible potential."

Wingfoil brands interested in partnering with World Sailing, the GWA Wingfoil World Tour or IWSA Racing World Tour are invited to contact for more information and technical specifications.

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