Friday, August 16, 2019

WISSA 2020 event is welcoming you in Pärnu, Estonia

Pärnu is hosting 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. There will be three disciplines for wings and sleds: short track slalom, course race and GPS speed; and two for kiters: course race and GPS speed.

Pärnu is a charming seaside city in Western Estonia, known for its spas and beautiful beaches. It is the fourth biggest city in Estonia. WISSA is planned to take place on the ice of Baltic sea, making it quite a unique experience. Pärnu Bay is shallow so, there is usually plenty of ice during the winter. The exact location will depend on the ice conditions in the area.
Details and more info are available at

Monday, July 23, 2018

2019 Championships are in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin!

Making a rare return to the United States, Fond du Lac is proud to host once again, The 2019 World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships in our beautiful lakefront community. This is the longest running international competition in the sport of windsurfing - ironic given that windsurfing is a water sport.

Racing will be held on Lake Winnebago, the largest inland lake in Wisconsin. Race headquarters will be off the SE shores of the lake at Wind Power Surf Shop with access from Roosevelt Park. The lake and community offer all the amenities, conditions, facilities and spirit that will make your experience at the 2019 WISSA Championships unforgettable.

The Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders will be your host with over 25 consecutive years of holding ice races on frozen Lake Winnebago. The club will organize 6 days of international race events, including course racing, slalom, speed racing and freestyle for kites, sails, and wings. In addition to the daily WISSA championship racing, there will be heated shelters on the lake, bonfires, live music, fireworks and food and drink. 

The week will be concluded with the 4th Annual Sturgeon Spectacular Winter Festival so C'mon in to Fond du Lac!!!

When: Monday February 4, 2019 through Saturday February 9, 2019

Contact Details
NAME: Kevin Gratton
PHONE: 920-922-2550 / 920-251-1002 mobile

Event Venue Details
Lake Winnebago

One of the country's largest inland lakes at 220 square miles, is a haven for boating, fishing, water-skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, and windsurfing.  

In warmer temps, take to the water in any kind of craft, from powerboat to sailboat to stand up paddleboard and all means in between. 

Come winter, rocket across the ice propelled by a massive kite and watch Lake Winnebago turn into a mini-city on the ice during the sturgeon spearing season.  Also becomes a great place for ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice kiting and sturgeon spearing!

Fond du Lac translates into "Foot of the Lake" - so put your toes in anytime! The mighty Lake Winnebago is your Fond du Lac area playground!

Friday, November 24, 2017

WISSA 2018 - LAHTI, Finland!

On 26.2.-4.3.2018 lake Vesijärvi in Lahti Finland will turn into a World Championship scenery for winter kiters, windsurfers and wing sailors – it is time for WISSA 2018!
These web pages will be updated along this autumn as details are being confirmed.
WISSA has grown over the years and become a marvellous meeting of friends with families all over the world. We organizers hope to meet all of you in Lahti this winter!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

WISSA 2017 - Mission Accomplished!

Hello Friends,

back home again from Russia feels sooo good.  Having been there feels even better!  Conversely, not having gone there would probably have haunted me for the rest of my life ... with nagging regrets.

WISSA-2017 in combination with the Russian National Festival of Outdoor Activities in Tolyatti turned out to be a highly successful event, not only for the organizers but also for WISSA and the unusually large numbers of competitors (except for the three Wing sailors).

For me this was a "must do" mission.  A year ago in Estonia, Alexey Razhev, longtime WISSA member and chief organizer of the Tolyatti event had reminded me quite pointedly that he had made the long trip to North-America four times, including twice to Ontario (when I was the organizer).  He also could have mentioned (but did not) his 5,000 km trip with team Tyumen in two cars from Siberia to Lago di Resia in 2002.  How could I have continued living in peace with myself by ignoring his invitation to the Volga River?

The event was really well organized and obviously also well sponsored.  For many years in the past the competition site had been used for numerous winter sailing events (mainly kites).  Their infrastructure for accommodation, food supply, transportation, race course setup, judging, emergency responses, media coverage was well established.  However, the event ranked very low in international content.  This, of course, made it difficult for non-Russian speaking competitors like me.  Regrettably, having no access to the internet throughout my time in Russia also added to the dilemma of being a foreigner.

Sailing conditions throughout the week were far from ideal.  Unusually mild temperatures resulted in mushy, wet snow.  Winds on the first day of competition were too strong (gusts in excess of 15 m/sec) and made sailing on a heavy snow surface difficult.  In the following days winds were ok for Kites, but too low for Sleds and clearly insufficient (shitty) for Wings.  Kite sailors, gliding on long and wide skis or snowboards could handle the soft snow quite well.

Short track slalom races turned also into contests in bravery, with spectacular sliding and spinouts on wet ice, even a few catapults into surrounding snow banks.  The usable race area was too small.  However, STS was probably still the most observed and most photographed WISSA race venue.

While writing this summary I can't help thinking of having been lucky again, and this time I mean it collectively, with WISSA.  Lucky to have Richards and Feodor there.  Without the two of you the event with respect to WISSA would have been a big flop.  Thank you for being there and for all your support on and off the ice, including handling the official WISSA stuff.  Looking back now it seems truly amazing how we pulled it off.

With best regards from Lake Ontario,

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

WISSA 2017 Registration is Open!

Dear Friends! 

This year WISSA-2017 takes place in Togliatti which has been my hometown for 10 years! The victory in WISSA is much more important for our kiters than in any other championship. I believe, the region of the Volga river and the Zhiguli Sea will become the best ground for your races, victories, records and performances. In February, ice is always fast here, the wind is strong, Togliatti fans are very exited, and our city is really hospitable. 
See you in Togliatty,
Yours Alexey Razhev,
WISSA-2017 Race Director

The registration of participants is open here. Please note, that the hotel will be providing necessary confirmation for obtaining visa to Russia, so please make reservations early. Do not hesitate reaching out to the Organizing Committee with any questions or help needed.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Tolyatti 2017: Preparations are at full speed!

It is never too early to start planning your trip to Tolyatti! Consider arriving at the international airport Kurumoch (KUF) which is only 1-hour drive away from the race site. We checked, the tickets are really cheap at the moment!

The Organizing Committee is formed and started working. The sponsor's representatives are part of the Committee: Alexandr Berdikhin from LADA and Alexandr Dovgomela from the Samara Regional Sailing Federation.

Before the official site of the 2017 WISSA Championships is up and running you can reach the Organizing Committee with any questions via Eugenia Rakusheva - rakusheva(at) or tel:+79272613898.

All preparations are supervised by our famous Alexey Razhev. We are checking-in with him weekly and he assures that all needed works are done in time and good manner, nothing will be left for the last moment.

Please do not wait for the last moment yourself! The tickets, visa, luggage, accommodation arrangements need to be taken care of as early as possible to ensure the best experience.

Tolyatti is waiting!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Come to Tolyatti in 2017!

Here is the film about Tolyatti Marathon run in 2011. Check out conditions and organization!