CANADA SELECTED TO HOST THREE WORLD TITLE EVENTS

Predator Bay Water Ski Club at The Lakes of Kastynstone in Calgary, AB. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) to Host Prestigious IWWF World Titled Events in Calgary, Alberta

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is proud to announce that Canada has been selected as the host country for a series of highly prestigious International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) world titled events. In collaboration with the Predator Bay Water Ski Club and Tourism Calgary, WSWC has been awarded the bid to organize and host three remarkable water ski championships at The Lakes of Kastynstone in Calgary, Alberta.

The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) recently made the momentous announcement, solidifying Canada’s position as a leading destination for world-class water ski competitions. Predator Bay Water Ski Club, Tourism Calgary, and Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) have come together to make these events a resounding success.

“WSWC is very excited to be afforded this opportunity. We are confident the Predator Bay Club will exceed expectations and look forward to the prospect of using these events to further the profile and marketability of the sport here in Canada.” said Russ Dickson, WSWC President. 

The Lakes of Kastynstone at Predator Bay Water Ski Club will play host to the first of these extraordinary events, the 2024 IWWF World Under 17 Waterski Championships, scheduled to take place from July 27 to August 3, 2024. This thrilling championship will showcase the incredible talents of young water skiers from around the world as they compete on the global stage.

Following the success of the Under 17 Championships, Calgary will continue to welcome the water ski community with open arms as it hosts the 2025 IWWF World Under 21 Waterski Championships from July 26 to August 2, 2025. This event will bring together rising stars and future champions, who will undoubtedly leave spectators in awe with their remarkable skills.

In 2026, Calgary will once again be the center of attention as it proudly hosts the 2026 IWWF World Over 35 Waterski Championships from July 25 to August 2, 2026. This event will showcase the remarkable achievements of experienced water skiers from around the globe, highlighting their enduring passion and dedication to the sport.

These world titled events at Predator Bay will be an unparalleled opportunity for water skiers to demonstrate their talents and compete against the very best. Participants will not only experience the thrill of intense competition but also have the chance to explore the stunning natural beauty and warm hospitality that Calgary, Alberta has to offer.

“This is a monumental moment for water skiing in Canada and a remarkable opportunity for our athletes to shine on home soil. Hosting these championships will not only elevate the profile of our sport but also provide a platform for our talented Canadian athletes to compete against the world’s best. We are excited to showcase the beauty of Calgary, Alberta, and provide an unforgettable experience for athletes, spectators, and the entire water ski community. This is a significant step forward for water skiing in Canada, and we can’t wait to witness the incredible performances and achievements that will unfold during these world-class events.” said Russ Dickson, WSWC President. 

WSWC is excited to collaborate with Predator Bay Water Ski Club and Tourism Calgary in organizing these events of international significance. The dedication and expertise of all involved will ensure that athletes, spectators, and water ski enthusiasts alike enjoy an unforgettable experience.

In addition, it is worth noting that the last two times Canada had the privilege of hosting a world title event was in 2009 when Predator Bay Water Ski Club was host to the 2009 IWWF World Water Ski Championships and in  2019 when the 2019 IWWF Under 21 World Waterski Championships took place at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta. The success of these events further solidifies Canada’s reputation as a premier destination for international water ski competitions. With the upcoming series of IWWF world titled events in Calgary, Alberta, we are proud to continue the tradition of hosting world-class championships and showcasing Canada’s commitment to the sport of water skiing.

For further information about the upcoming IWWF world titled events, please visit the IWWF website, https://iwwf.sport/canada-chosen-to-host-series-of-prestigious-iwwf-world-titled-waterski-events-at-predator-bay-calgary-alberta/ 

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC):

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for towed water sports in Canada. Committed to promoting and fostering the growth of water skiing and wakeboarding across the country, WSWC provides leadership, governance, and support to athletes, clubs, schools, coaches, officials, and enthusiasts in pursuit of excellence in the sport.

About International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF): 

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for all towed water sports and has 90+ affiliated member Federations worldwide. It was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1946 and is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority governing all towed water sports.  The IWWF is also an affiliate member of Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF)  and one of the seven founding sports of the World Games.  The IWWF’s competitive and recreational towed water sport divisions include the following: Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Barefoot Waterskiing, Show Waterskiing, Cable Wakeboarding, Cable Waterskiing, Waterski Racing, Disabled Waterskiing, Kneeboarding and Wakesurfing.

Canadian skier, Conley Pinette Slalom Skis past the Canadian Flag at Predator Bay Water Ski Club. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography