30 September 2018

The IWWF Executive Board held its first meeting, since the election of Jose Antonio Perez Prieigo (MEX) as President, in Dnipro, Ukraine in conjunction with the 2018 IWWF World Cable Ski Championships held at Sentosa Cable Park. The IWWF Bureau and Chairpersons of the various sports discipline councils were in attendance.

Some of the agenda items discussed and decisions made were as follows:

  • Achieve Olympic Games 2024 Inclusion - A Task Force was formed to be led by Patrice Martin, President of the French Waterski & Wakeboard Federation. With the success of snowboarding during the recent Winter Olympics, it was decided that Cable Wakeboard will be the vehicle used to lobby for our sport's inclusion.  #wake2024
  • Ensure the participation of top athletes (waterskiers and wakeboarders) in the 1st ANOC World Beach Games in 2019 because of the importance of Multi-Sport Games.
  • Form a Sports Business Committee to generate revenue via sponsorships and partnerships, create new event properties to include pro-events, secure hosts for IWWF World Cup stops, etc.
  • Form a Safe Sport Committee to protect Athletes.
  • Create a Gender Equality Policy.
  • Increase focus on IWWF World Titled Events.
    - providing more value for event organisers, i.e., live streaming and media support (website development, public relations, social media, etc.)
    - improving the quality of events by having more organisational control to ensure the best field of play for high performances and overall experience for all attending
    - selection of best technical officials
    - use of IWWF’s Event Management System (available end 1st quarter 2019)
    - use of IWWF's Scoring Programme
  • Mandate IWWF Branding for all IWWF World Titled events, IWWF Confederation Titled events and IWWF-sanctioned events for all sports disciplines.
    - logo acknowledgement on all print and digital collateral.
    - listing of events on IWWF’s calendar and providing media support to promote these events.
  • Promote IWWF sports disciplines, events and athletes by engaging a Social Media Manager; IWWF’s Facebook page following has grown 190%  over the last 12 months and is still growing.
  • Upgrade IWWF's Web Site.
  • Form a Wakesurf Committee.
  • Celebrate IWWF's 75th Anniversary in 2021.

About the IWWF:  The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has 91 affiliated Federations worldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for towed watersports. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing and Barefoot Waterskiing