update 11.03.2020: The IWT is saddened to report, that as of today March 11, the 2020 Topocalma Infernal is cancelled. Options for rescheduling are under consideration. The remaining events on the 2020 calendar are currently under review as we wait for WHO guidance.
“Hello IWT, given the world contingency due to the “Corona Virus”, and following the opinion of Chilean medical experts and authorities, we have decided to cancel the Topocalma Infernal Championship. Chile has not been exempt from this problem, from Monday 9th to today the outlook has changed a lot. As organizers and hosts we want the best for everyone, which is why we made the decision against our will.” (Chile Event Organizers)
The International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) announced their 2020 tour calendar with 5 wave events in 4 different countries. The wave tour is managed by a new team with Simeon Glasson & Russ Faurot for the second consecutive season after the retirement of former tour manager Sam Bittner Wilson in 2018. Sam created with her team the AWT (American Windsurfing Tour) starting with the first event in Pistol River in 2010 and later in 2017 changed the name after adding a few more international events to IWT (International Windsurfing Tour). The IWT went global and she has run the tour for two more seasons. Sam managed to get 9 events on the tour plan, but added freestyle and racing events to the wave events. Simeon Glasson and Russ Faurot try to get the the tour on a new level and try to collaborate with brands or organizers to get more price money for the events. They managed to combine their season final with the PWA’s wave tour final at the Mercedes Aloha Classic 2019. Sarah-Quita Offringa and Antoine Martin won the combined IWT/PWA event. Sarah-Quita won the female PWA wave title and Antoine Martin won the male IWT overall title. Let’s see what 2020 will bring and if the Aloha Classic will be a combined IWT/PWA event again.
- interview with Sam Bittner Wilson about the AWT
- interview with Sam Bittner Wilson about the IWT in 2017
- interview with Sam Bittner Wilson about the IWT in 2018
- the new Aloha Classic format in 2019
- Aloha Classic 2019 video highlights
Simeon Glasson, Russ Faurot (IWT Directors) and the IWT announced their 2020 tour and stated:
“The new calendar focuses on 5 key dream wave events, with a new system of event prize money and event points that will count toward the overall IWT Wave Title. This new structure mirrors the massive global success of Tennis and Golf by grading events on the basis of money and strength of field, and brings a strong business logic to brand engagement at events. By allowing different events on tour to have different impacts on the overall title outcomes, we create financial incentive for events to raise more money that benefits riders. The more prize money an event offers, the more points that event earns for its attending riders. The system offers low level entry options for new brands who want to test a brand partnership with the Wave Riders, while also giving opportunity to fully committed brands for major engagement. All brand partners will benefit from the ever expanding IWT media platform.”
2020 IWT Calendar
March 4- 9: #1 Omaezaki Japan Cup, Japan – Pro Men / Women / Y / M / GM / OPEN 15.000US$ confirmed (cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19)) March 21 – April 5: #2 Topocalma Infernal, Chile – Pro Men / Women / Y / M / GM / OPEN, Prize Money pending, confirmed (cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19))
April 10: IWT BIG WAVE Awards night, Paia Town, Maui, Hawaii, USA – Men, Women, Y
June 13 – 20: #3 Pistol River Wave Bash, Oregon, USA – Pro Men / Women / Y / M / GM / OPEN, Prize Money pending
September 13 – 19: #4 Pacasmayo Classic, Peru – Pro Men / Women / Y / M / GM / OPEN, Prize Money pending
October 26 – November 6: #5 Aloha Classic, Hawaii, USA – Men / Women (Y/M/GM/OPEN pending), 50.000 US$ pending
Unfortunately the first IWT event of the season in Japan had to be cancelled (Grahic: IWT)
Update February 25th: Wave Tour update from the organizers of the IWT 2020 Omaezaki Japan Cup:
“We are very sorry to inform that we have decided to cancel IWT Omaezaki Japan Cup 2020, considering the increase of the current risk of Corona virus. (COVID-19). We sincerely tried to proceed with the contest this year as scheduled but we judged this cancellation because of:
- Latest Japanese government policy for the virus which was updated today.
- Global public opinion as well as US Department of State travel advisory level.
- Riders’ and organizers’ health.
Please accept our apologies to decide to cancel at this time, but your understanding would be highly appreciated in advance.”
General Updates about the IWT 2020
The IWT is looking forward to secure prize money at the events. The first event of the season, the Omaezaki Japan Cup had 15.000 US$ confirmed prize money, but had to be cancelled. The rest of the events have a pending prize money. The season final, the Aloha Classic in Maui, has a pending prize money of 50.000 US$
Prize Money and Points
$0-10k event prize money = 50% event points
$15K event prize money = 70% event points
$25K event prize money = 80% event points
$50K event prize money = 100% event points
Results Toward Overall
With 5 Events – A Riders’’ best 4 results will count for Pro Men
With 5 Events – A Riders’’ best 3 results will count for Pro Women & Youth
With 4 Events – A Riders’’ best 3 results will count for M, GM, Open
Elite Event Access
$10k-$25k events have open field sizes for all access. $50k+ Events are limited to 48 Men + 16 Women. Access to 50k+ events is based on a World Wave Ranking. A rider builds a ranking at lower events to gain access and must maintain a top ranking for 50k+ access.
“Prize Money Pending” means
There is no prize money for these events at this stage. Even with no prize money, these events will receive 50% points in 2020. Points count towards the 2020 IWT Wave Rankings – not PWA Rankings. The IWT is in negotiations with brand partners to secure more prize money. If negotiations go well then the IWT will add prize money + % points during the season.
2020 IWT Divisions
PM = Pro Men
PW = Pro Women
Y = Youth (Under 20)
M = Masters (45 and over)
GM = Grand Masters (55 and over)
O = Open
Source: IWT 2020