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.

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 https://wissa2020.ee

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
EMAIL: info@windpowerwindsurfing.com

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,