Wake sports: the World Wake Association wants to represent wakeboard, wakeskate, and wakesurf | Photo: WWA

The World Wakeboard Association (WWA) has announced it will change its name to World Wake Association.

The subtle modification aims to represent all wake sports better, and not just wakeboarding.

The new World Wake Association designation will take effect for the 2017 season.

"Former board member of the WWA, Matt Hickman, suggested this name change a few years ago, but the timing did not seem right even though I always knew this would eventually take place," explained Shannon Starling, president of the WWA.

"Now, with the current explosion of growth in all wake sports, the WWA must be proactive in being inclusive of all boards people that stand sideways and while being towed."

"This leads our growing organization into the future of towed watersports."

Nowadays, there is a growing number of wake disciplines that can be enjoyed behind a boat, or in a cable park.

The upcoming WWA name change will reflect the sport's diversity, which includes wakeboard, wakeskate, and wakesurf.

The World Wake Association is one of the two governing bodies for wake sports, but only the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).