2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championship to be held in Abu Dhabi

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s (IWWF) Executive Board has approved the bid for the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


The event will be organised by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC)from 19thto 23rdNovember 2019.


Riders will compete for IWWF World titles in ten age-group categories for both men and women (14 & Under, 18 & Under, 30 & Over, 40 & Over and Open) and team overall title.  The event will offer a USD50,000.00 cash purse to riders competing in the Open Men’s & Women’s category.


Salem Al Remeithi, General Manager of ADIMSC, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to host the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championship. This is perfectly timed to coincide with the opening of the Abu Dhabi Marine Wakeboard Academy at the start of the 2019 event season.


“Working closely with the IWWF we will create a Centre of Excellence in Abu Dhabi for towed water sports – an Academy where people at all levels of ability will be able to learn new skills, improve their existing skills and further develop their knowledge and understanding of the sport.


“Being able to watch, and engage, with the world’s top riders will allow the Academy and our students to learn and further develop our knowledge.”


Jose Antonio Perez Priego, President of IWWF, said: “We are very excited to be running our first IWWF World titled event in Abu Dhabi and believe ADIMSC will organise one of the very best events we have experienced. We look forward to a long-term partnership with ADIMSC to develop towed water sports not only in Abu Dhabi but also in the entire UAE.”


ADIMSC offers a superb venue for spectacular marine sport action between its base on the Breakwater and the Corniche in the UAE capital. Since 1993 the club has provided a strong organisational base for a wide range of marine sports events and activities which have added to Abu Dhabi’s status as a world-class sporting destination.


The club is one of the Middle East’s leading venues for marine sports events at local, national, regional and international level, having hosted rounds of the UIM F1 H20 World Championship, the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and the XCAT World Series.


Across its full range of marine sports activities, ADIMSC places a major emphasis on attracting and nurturing young local talent for the chance to compete on the international stage. With support from the IWWF, the club ran its first grassroots wakeboard events in October 2017 and has not looked back since, staging an average of three domestic events a year and now making the big step up to host the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships.


It plans to launch a wakeboard academy in September this year, in addition to its powerboat, jet skiing and fly board academies. The IWWF will be supporting the clubby running coaching and technical officials’ training for its crew.


The official towboat brand of the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships is Centurion Boats. The 2020 Centurion Ri237 is the best of both worlds as the only towboat to pull both the IWWF wakeboard and wake surfing World Championships. “We are extremely honoured to be towing the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE. We appreciate the opportunity to provide the perfect ride every time on another World stage. Centurion Boats offer the World’s best waves, wakes and ride. We’re going to prove it in November,” said Amy Mauzy, VP Sales and Marketing Centurion & Supreme Boats.



  1. ADIMSC offers a superb venue for spectacular marine sport action


2.& 3.               The2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships will attract stars like reigning IWWF Open Men’s and Women’s Champions Cory Teunnissen and Rebecca Gange from Australia


Provisional Schedule


Date Events
Saturday, 16th November Official Familiarisation
Sunday, 17th November Official Familiarisation


Monday, 18th November Official Familiarisation

Team Managers’ Meeting (evening)

Tuesday, 19th November Day 1 Competition

Opening Ceremony (evening)

Wednesday, 20th  November Day 2 Competition

Open Men & Women Categories Begin

Thursday, 21st  November Day 3 Competition
Friday, 22nd November Day 4 Competition
Saturday 23rd November Day 5 Competition – All Finals
Medal Ceremonies & Final Night Banquet


* a tentative event schedule will be posted on the event websiteafter the Intent to Enter and Entry Form deadlines