It is really great to see how the brand new sport of Winging is developing and getting organized under a highly capable team. Particularly when we get to compare the development of SUP in its early days. As of right now I see one big difference:
SUP came to live through many local events and was not organized on a global level. It was the watermen league that came into SUP a bit later with a plan of action. With Wingsports the opposite seems to be the case. We see a global organization with key events in Switzerland, Brazil and Spain. On the other hand we did not see smaller local events or champion ships. We had one “King of the Wing” event in Germany in 2020, but we do read in their news letter that there will be a national championship.
For now we are looking back to 2020 with the GWA and get a small out look to 2021:
2021– Here’s What You Need to Know (for now)
2020 was a tough year for most of us and yet in the midst of it all, the GWA not only launched into existence on August 16th but managed to achieve some incredible feats in 2020.
Here’s what we’re celebrating:
- Produced 3 international wingfoil events
- Established competition format
- Crowned an international champion
- Saw freestyle winging really take it to the next level!
We would not be here without our partners and our team behind the scenes.
Additionally a huge thank you goes out to our founding members: Airush, Cabrinha, Duotone, Fanatic, F-One, Manera, North, Ocean Rodeo and Slingshot.
We’re stoked to have some awesome events on the schedule in 2021
Competitions and celebrations are in store for the Wingfoil world tour in 2021.
Our current event schedule is as follows (this is subject to change):
- April 28th – May 5th Leucate, France
- July 1st-4th Viana do Costello, Portugal
- August 12th-15th Silvaplana, Switzerland
- October 18th-21st Fortaleza, Brazil
- November 3rd-6th Dakhla, Morocco
We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Here’s what you need to know about the events:
Q: How can riders register?
A: Riders can register directly through the GWA Wingfoil world tour website on the dedicated event page. Registration will open 6 weeks prior to an event and will close two weeks before the event.
Q: Are events open to the public or are they invitation-only?
A: Events are open to the public however the number of participants in the pro divisions is limited. Selection for pro divisions will be based on international and national rankings plus the GWA and organizer wildcards.
Q: What disciplines will there be?
A: We will run the official disciplines of Surf-Freestyle and Surf-Race in the Pro division at all events. We also plan to run an amateur division in the race format at select events.
Q: Is there prize money?
A: We aim to have prize money of 10.000 Euro at each GWA Wingfoil World Tour Event. This is subject to change and is dependent on the willingness of our sponsors.
If we’ve learned anything in 2020, it’s the need to be flexible. Nothing is set in stone and we appreciate your flexibility as rules, formats and events need to be updated.
Other key dates:
- The GWA will be the official partner of the Fair Boot Düsseldorf (the biggest watersports exhibition in the world) from April 17th-25th. Wingfoiling will be the main focus in the funsport category.
- The GWA will be a supporter of the first German Wingfoil Champsionship taking place close to Kiel from July 29th-August 1st.