Pete Davis is the new president of the International Windsurfing Association (IWA), the world governing body for windsurfing. Davis is the first representative of the Speed Windsurfing class (ISWC) in the highest chair of the IWA.
"Despite the gloomy economic forecast, I am optimistic about the future of our sport. This is not wishful thinking, and more than just a feeling. It is based on some encouraging facts", tells Pete Davies.
The year 2012 kicks off with a new international class joining IWA - the Neil Pryde RS:One will have a world championship schedule in the next months.
"One of the biggest events of the year is sure to be the T293 World Championships, in Medemblik, Netherlands, just after the London Olympics. The Techno 293 class has to be the success story of recent years and has surely helped to revitalise our sport, providing a pathway for junior and youth sailors into all disciplines", adds Davis.
During 2012, there will be plenty of windsurfing competitions. Multi-class continental championships, Raceboards Worlds in Yyteri, Finland, Freestyle Worlds in Marseille, France, Slalom Worlds in Torbole sul Garda, Italy and Formula Worlds in Liepaja, Latvia.
The last world championships of the year will be held in South America: IFCA Slalom in San Juan, Argentina and Formula Experience in Paracas, Peru.