30th November 2020

It is with great sadness that we received the news of Bruno Rixen’s passing today.

Bruno Rixen invented cable based waterskiing in the 1960’s. With his patented invention he created a new sport: waterskiing without a boat.  Since then, Bruno Rixen developed and built waterski and wakeboard cableways for more than 55 years.  With more than 300 full-size Rixen Cableways and over 160 two-pylon systems, Bruno Rixen made an important contribution to popularise wakeboarding and waterskiing worldwide.

Bruno Rixen’s desire was always to serve the community through his vision to make waterskiing and wakeboarding accessible to all people.  His work ethic was characterised by enthusiasm, engineering skills and a pioneering spirit,  therefore standing out for these values.  Bruno not only shaped this industry, he created it!

In 2007, Bruno Rixen was awarded the Order of Merit by the IWWF, in recognition of his contribution to our sport.

The IWWF is grateful to Bruno Rixen for being the innovator who created the waterski & wakeboard cableway, and thanks him for what he has done for our sport.

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About the IWWF:  The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has over 90 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, Barefoot Waterskiing & Wakesurfing

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IWWF’s Website:  iwwf.sport