International Windsurfing Tour: the wave sailing circuit is bigger and better | Photo: Crowther/IWT

The American Windsurfing Tour (AWT) has gone global. The new name is International Windsurfing Tour (IWT).

The largest wave sailing circuit in the world decided to update its brand after seven years of growth. The new name reflects the fact that the old AWT is no longer a strictly American competition.

In the last years, the AWT expanded to Mexico and Morocco, so the change to International Windsurfing Tour is a natural evolution. However, the new IWT has a few surprises for fans and athletes.

With the new name come additional tour stops. The 2017 International Windsurfing Tour schedule features no less than ten stages, and it will run six divisions: Pro, Women, Amateur, Master, Grand Master, and Youth.

But how will the IWT coexist with the PWA Wave World Tour, especially when both organizations award separate titles at the same venue in Maui? Why couldn't the IWT and the PWA blend their efforts and deliver a stronger circuit?

2017 International Windsurfing Tour | The Schedule

Hatteras NC OBX-Wind.com | April 15th-22nd | Freestyle & Racing
Morocco Spot X | May 6th-13th | Wave
Barbados Waterman Festival | May 31st - June 5th | Wave
Pistol River Wave Bash | June 7th-11th | Wave
Rio Vista Grand Slam | June 16th-18th | Freestyle & Racing
Gorge Bash | June 22nd-25th | Freestyle & Racing
Baja Desert Showdown | August 19th-26th | Wave
Peru Pacasmayo Classic | September 3rd-9th | Wave
Chile Matanzas Wave Classic | September 24th-30th | Wave
Maui Aloha Classic | October 29th - November 12th | Wave