The World University Championships (WUC) are part of a series of events organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). First launched in 1963, the 2016 WUC Programme now includes 33 different sports, including Waterskiing, Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Sailing and others. Waterski athletes have previously taken part in the FISU Championships in Balakova, Russia, Tianjin, China and Santiago, Chile.
The specially constructed world-class Waterski site in Ogata Village in Akita, Japan, was previously used for the World Games in 2001 and since then for both National and Collegiate Waterski Championships in Japan. The competition boats and technical support will be provided by Nautique, the official Waterski and Wakeboard boat supplier of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF).
University athletes will compete from the following fifteen countries : Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, Slovakia and USA. The Championships Timetable includes the Opening Ceremony and Official Practice on September 7th , Preliminary Rounds on September 8/9, Slalom and Tricks Finals on September 10th and Jump Finals on September 11th.