World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships: exciting venues, exciting races

The United States of America are gearing up to host the World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships 2012, in St. Ignace, Michigan, from February 20-26th 2012. It is the first time in 17 years that the event is competed in the USA. The average wind speed in February for St. Ignace is 27.5 mph.

Ice and snow are the main ingredients to what will be a thrilling battle in three classes. In the "Sled Class", there will be sleds powered by windsurfing rigs, where the rider is standing. In the "Hand Held Class", expect any wing held directly by hand. In the "Kite Class", the competitors will have wings connected by line.

The World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships 2012 will be the only world event where wings, kites and sails all compete together on snow or ice, slalom and course. Racers from all over the world will gather for an entire week of extreme action.

This is also the longest running international competition in the history of kitesurfing and windsurfing, as well as the most prestigious winter sailing event in the world.

Held every year since 1980, the event location alternates annually between Europe and North America. This year, it will be held in the third oldest city in the US, St. Ignace, which was established in 1671. Offering some of the best winds on the Mackinaw straight for Lake Michigan.

In addition to racing, champions and beginners alike will be able to interact in a variety of WISSA activities, including skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowbowling and snow golf.

The World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships 2012 are sponsored by SurferToday.com.