Tuesday, November 07, 2023

WISSA 2024

This is official!

WISSA 2024 will take place on March, 12-16 of 2024 in Kajaani municipality in Finland.

More info coming.

Friday, November 18, 2022

2023 Information

2023 WISSA Ice and Snow Sailing World Championships will take place in Lithuania 30th January to 5th February.

As of Nov.7 2022 the following information is available:

1. NoR is up at https://bit.ly/3Uyyl9a

2. By NoR, the possible locations are Kaunas reservoir, lake Rekyva (Šiauliai district), or Elektrėnai reservoir

3. Registration is open at https://lt.regattas.eu/regatta/wissa the payment information can also be found there. 

FB event https://www.facebook.com/events/815971863157819/

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

2022 dates are Feb 14-19, 2022, Estonia!


The WISSA 2022 dates are Feb 14-19, 2022, Estonia. 

Main organizer slaalom.ee.

Event site: wissa2022.slaalom.ee (not ready yet)

The results and Notice Board will be in M2S.

World Champ classes: sled, kite, wing


Tõnis Kask

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Moving North, after Santa!

WISSA 2020 is relocated to the north, to Lestijärvi, Finland, as in Estonia and southern Finland the winter has not arrived yet.

Lestijärvi has very good conditions, 30-40cm of smooth ice, at moment covered with some snow. The forecast shows more colds and some snow. The lake is big enough (64,7 km²) to accommodate course race tracks for kites and sleds-wings at the same time.
Accommodation information will be found on our accommodation page at 29.01.2020.
Race area and race office locations will be announced next week.
We also want to thank Lestijärvi municipality and talvisurf.fi for helping in relocation.
If you need any assistance with your travel, please contact us or reply to this e-mail.  
In behalf of the race committee
Enda Pärisma
event coordinator

Monday, December 16, 2019

Discount Registration for WISSA 2020 is Closing Soon!

A friendly reminder: the discount price for the WISSA 2020 entry fee is valid until the end of 2019. This applies also to cash payments.
Starting January 1, 2020, the entry fee will be 200 EUR and the junior/youth entry fee will be 125 EUR. (NoR p.7).

Register Here

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

WISSA 2020 registration is open!

October 20, 2019

WISSA 2020 registration is now open at the registration page. Until the end of 2019, you can register with a discounted fee. Kind reminder: registration is not confirmed before the payment is received.
If you need an invitation for a visa, please contact us, providing us with your full name, passport number, birthday, official address, visa dates and, if possible, name of the visa office you apply. If any other questions, use the same form.
Iceboard course race start, Europeans 2019. Photo: Enda Pärisma
If you are in Facebook, the event can be found there as well: WISSA 2020 at Facebook.
Let's get the event going!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Jacques Sotty to return after 32 years

October 9, 2019

Jacques Sotty, WISSA winner at 1988, is making return to event after 32 years! We asked couple of questions from Sotty to get to know him and his icesurfing history.
What year did you start winter surfing?I used to practice “Speed Sailing” ( Windsurfing on wheels) and hold the Speed World Record (77,88 km/h). I was curious to try it on ice as well
The first time I tried it was near Munich in 1985 or 1986. I was impressed by the speeds that can be reached, especialy with light winds.

Speed surfing. Courtesy of Jacques Sotty
Why winter surfing? In France, everybody do just surfing
I have always been “adventurous”, wanting to try new experiences (as becoming a professional boomerang thrower), windsurfing on ice was logical. Also I have always been attracted by cold countries as Scandinavian and Baltic countries are.
Driving from Paris to Leningrad during the very cold 1985 winter was quite a souvenir. I remember the Baltic sea was frozen in Puttgarden. It was amazing! First time in my life I had ever seen a frozen sea. And also driving in the communist USSR with my ice surfing equipment on top the car was quite something!

Arriving to Leningrad. Courtesy of Jacques Sotty
How many WISSAs you have took part? How many medals from them?1986, 1987, 1988. I won the 1988 Championship. I actually did not know that I had won. Someone told me months later.
I remember races that I won in Pori (Finland), on snow. Local competitors collected samples of my skis wax to analyse it . Actually, I even did not know that skis had to be waxed, I was using skis to a French ski jumper and sailed with them as their were :) !

Trying speeds on ice. Courtesy of Jacques Sotty

I am not asking why did you stop taking part in WISSA but why you decided to return now?
I have done some researches on the internet about ice surfing and found the WISSA Facebook page as well as Kim’s and Will’s. It gave me the idea to see them again as well as ice surf again.

"I had the idea to cross between Tallinn and Helsinki, Gulf of Finland, luckily enough I did not do it!" Courtesy of Jacques Sotty
What are you waiting from WISSA 2020?
I'm 58 now and had back and shoulders surgery... I have windsurfed less than 10 times and icesurfed less to 2 hours in 30 years. To enter WISSA 2020 is a privilege for me and a way to stay young, I suppose. Also I can’t wait to meet Will and Kim again, meet Enda and other great people.

We wish wonderful WISSA event for Sotty, as well as for all other competitors.