Ice sailors prepare for Chain Lake meltdown

February 17, 2012 | Kiteboarding
World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships: it looks like a 007 action movie

The World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships 2012 (WISSA) are warming up for an incredible competition, between February 20th-26th 2012, in the USA.

Due to an unusually mild winter, WISSA 2012 will now be held at Chain Lake, which is within walking distance of downtown St. Ignace, the previous event location.

The organization promises there will be plenty of signs showing where to park, at The Little Bear Arena. A free shuttle service will be provided to the event.

The facilities for the World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships 2012 are already being set up and include sauna, heated waxing tent, heated locker room, food tent, beer tent and zamboni. Right now, there is at least 18 inches of ice for kiteboarders and windsurfers. The wind conditions range from sustained 20-35mph.

This is the first time in 17 years that the event is competed in the USA. Ice and snow are the main ingredients to what will be a thrilling battle in three divisions: "Sled Class", "Hand Held Class" and "Kite Class".

Ice racers will offer an extreme sports show at Chain Lake, in the longest running international competition in the history of kitesurfing and windsurfing. The WISSA 2012, sponsored by, is also the most prestigious winter sailing event in the world.

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