The International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) is the governing body for the Hawaiian based Wave Tour that offers opportunity and access for all riders, inspired by the best wave riders, the best wave riding locations, and creating the best wave riding media content that the world has ever seen.
The IWT is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best talent in a variety of progressive formats and nurturing the grass roots of the sport with divisions for Open, Youth, Masters, Grand Masters, as well as the elite level Pro Men and Pro Women.
The IWT was originally known as the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT) founded by Russ Faurot and Sam Bittner in 2010. At the end of the 2016 season, the AWT changed its name to the International Windsurfing Tour (IWT). At the end of the 2018 season, the IWT was acquired by IWT Marketing Pty Ltd ATF Pacific Trust, owned by Simeon Glasson and partnering with original co-founder Russ Faurot through his company Sideoff Events LLC.
The original mission of the co-founders was to offer more opportunity, for more riders, for more fun, and this is still the core mission. Since early 2019, the IWT has had a big injection of capital to refine the IWT brand as the WSL of Windsurfing and to focus on a global media campaign that brings the most impressive action footage to millions of viewers all around the world with a particular interest in the under 25 digital consumer market.
As of November 2019, the IWT has more than 300,000 Facebook fans, with 70% in the 13-24 age range. This surpasses all of the more established windsurfing bodies such as the PWA (69k), IFCA (4k), the IWA (2.5k), and even giant sporting bodies like World Sailing (260k), and global surfing celebrities like Kai Lenny (206k). This rapid growth has caught the attention of the worlds’ biggest digital sporting platform DAZN. We are proud to announce that all IWT media content will be broadcast across the DAZN global network in 2020.
THE IWT VISION:
We take our global digital audience to the worlds’ best waves, for action packed competition, with the worlds best riders, and the world’s best media content creators. We broadcast the intense action and extraordinary athlete stories using our substantial IWT media platforms. We offer three distinct products as part of the FULL IWT PACKAGE:
#1 THE IWT WAVE TOUR
#2 THE #IWTBIGWAVE CHALLENGE
#3 THE IWT MOVIE
The Wave Tour saw significant direct investment to improve the tour in 2019. Highly respected head judge Duncan Coombs was brought on, Amanda Beenen Cantor took the reigns of event media production, slalom and other disciplines were dropped to focus entirely on waves and becoming the WSL of Windsurfing, branding and graphics were all updated with the talents of Annamaria Zollet, the website has a major capacity upgrade and update, event organizers stepped up with improved support for riders and event staff, Jace Panebianco came in as overall media guru with his vast experience across windsurfing movies and with the WSL, and a whopping USD $50,000 prize purse was offered for the overall champions with EQUAL prize money for the men and women.
The #IWTBIGWAVE Challenge was introduced . The Biggest and most radical wave rides in history will be awarded and celebrated for the first time in a formal way. Riders and image makers enter a photo or video of their giant wave rides from around the world, using the hashtag #IWTBIGWAVE on Instagram, then an international panel of judges determines the biggest and best for Men, Women, and Youth (<20). There are prizes for the ‘all-time’ best and for the year. 2020 is the inaugural year for the IWT BIG WAVE Awards – to be held on April 10th 2020 in Maui, Hawaii.
The IWT Movie – Riders of the Liquid Plains – was commissioned early in 2019 to follow the tour champions and the human journey, the movie was released in early 2020 with much acclaim. A film by one of the greatest ocean action cinematographers on earth, Jace Panebianco from Poorboyz Productions, capturing the powerful story of riders on the IWT Wave Tour as they travel to the best wave riding locations on earth and compete for the coveted IWT Wave Title. Stunning footage and powerful story telling make this a captivating cinematic experience. First premiered in Germany, with more premiers to come. Check out the trailer and upcoming movie screenings near you on the IWT Movie tab on this website.