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The IWT Wave Tour

We’re proud to present the 2021 calendar with a truly legendary list of wave riding locations. 2021 will see ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions, so each of the 2021 wave tour events will be stand alone official IWT Qualifying Events for local and regional riders. Each of those events will qualify the best riders from Pro Men, Women, Youth and Masters divisions into The IWT Grand Final Aloha Classic in late October (riders can qualify for the Grand final from a single event result in 2021). The expectation is that international travel will likely resume safely by October 2021, thus allowing the best riders in the world, as selected via official qualifying events, to come together for the IWT Grand Final Aloha Classic. This means that each IWT Qualifying Event will run without the normal influx of international riders (all riders are of course free to travel to these events if they choose and if travel restrictions allow). If a rider is, for any reason, unable to safely travel to one of these qualifying IWT Qualifying Events, then one may apply for an IWT wild card to secure a spot in the final. See below for more details:

The IWT Calendar

2020
#1 IWT BIG WAVE CHALLENGE Global Window 01/04/’20 – 31/03/’21

2021
#1 The IWT Omaezaki Japan Cup, March – *Official Qualifier
#2 The Topocalma Infernal, Chile, April – *Official Qualifier
#3 The Pacasmayo Classic, Peru, May – *Official Qualifier
#4 The Pistol River Wave Bash, USA, June – *Official Qualifier
#65The Gnaraloo Classic, Australia, September – *Official Qualifier
#6 THE IWT GRAND FINAL ALOHA CLASSIC Hawaii, October 2021
#7 THE IWT BIG WAVE CHALLENGE Global Window 01/04/’21 – 31/03/’22

*  ‘Official 2021 IWT Qualifying Event’ for the IWT Grand Final – for Pro Men, Women, Youth (<20), Masters (45+)
*  The 2022 IWT Wave Tour will return to a full overall wave title (Covid travel pending). Each Wave Tour event in 2022 will be worth 100% points, pending event prize money, with the Grand Final Aloha Classic then worth 200% points toward The 2022 IWT Wave Title.

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The IWT Grand Final Aloha Classic

The Aloha Classic is the pinnacle event of our sport. The single most prestigious windsurfing event title in the world today. To earn a place in this elite event, riders qualify by competing at the earlier IWT Wave Tour events, or be granted one of the limited wild-cards (or be in the top PWA rankings with event partnership). This really is The Super Bowl of Windsurfing and the whole wave riding world tunes in to see the best of the best battle it out in the giant waves of mighty Ho’okipa Beach on Maui’s legendary North Shore. This event decides the overall IWT champions in 4 major divisions:

32 Pro Men* – 24 IWT Qualifiers + 8 IWT wild cards (or + 24 PWA=48)
16 Pro Women* – 10 IWT Qualifiers+ 6 IWT wild cards (or + 6 PWA=16)
16 Youth** – 10 IWT Qualifiers+ 6 IWT wild cards (or +6 PWA=16)
16 Masters** – 10 IWT Qualifiers+ 6 IWT wild cards =16

* the field for Pro Men will expand if PWA can partner
** Y+M divisions pending extended window approval from Maui County
Champions crowned at the Aloha Closing Ceremony (PARTY).

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The IWT Big Wave Challenge

To get the best big waves on the planet, this contest uses an online format (Covid-Safe), where riders and image makers enter a photo or video of their biggest wave rides using the hashtag #iwtbigwave on Instagram. An international panel of judges determines the biggest and best for Men, Women, Youth (<20) and now also Masters (45+). There are awards for the ‘all-time best’ and the ‘annual best’. We receive entries of giant waves from all across the planet, but by far the dominant big wave location is Pe’ahi (Jaws) on Maui’s north shore. This is where most of the top big wave riders base themselves to catch the biggest ridable waves from October through to March each year. This is the thunder-dome of windsurfing.

The IWT Big Wave Challenge
Global Window April 1 – March 31
Pe’ahi JAWS window October 1 – March 31
#1 Biggest Ride – photo + video categories
#2 Most Radical – photo + video categories
#3 Worst Wipeout – photo + video categories
Winners announced at the IWT Big Wave Awards in April
Categories: All-Time Awards + Annual Awards
Divisions: Men, Women, Youth (<20), Masters (45+)

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