The World Snowboard Federation (WSF) has officially announced the completed the merger with TTR Pro Snowboarding (TTR). Already for the 17/18 winter season, the merged organization will offer direct memberships and services for the sports key stakeholders: National Snowboard Associations, Event Organisers and Riders. All stakeholders will have voting rights in the WSF Annual General Meeting and representation on the WSF Board of Directors. All business operations and commercial activities will be provided by the World Snowboarding Marketing & Services GmbH, a company registered in Switzerland since 2011 and wholly owned by the WSF. This step marks the end of an era that began with the foundation of the WSF and the TTR in 2002 and the beginning of a new one with combined inherited values and culture ensuring the history of the sport will live on within its future framework.
Following a lengthy research project involving all of snowboarding´s key stakeholder groups, the WSF Board has approved the strategic plan proposed by an internal working group in a Board Meeting held in Zurich on Oct 4. A large cross section of National Snowboarding Organization’s, event owners and athletes were both interviewed and surveyed on the current situation within the sport and their needs. The overwhelming consensus of those surveyed has justified the relevance and essential existence of the WSF to the sport of snowboarding and its many stakeholders. This has led the board of the WSF to redefine its Vision and Mission statements as the foundation for the development and sub sequential implementation of the strategic plan.
VISION STATEMENT: ‘Inspiring people to participate, follow, and perform within snowboarding worldwide.’
MISSION STATEMENT: ‘To lead the development and growth of snowboarding worldwide, founded on its unique values and culture.’
As a first major strategic step in delivering our mission, the WSF has engaged in a dialogue with FIS to create a consistent and clear pathway for athletes and events at each stage of the sport development system. The desired outcome of discussions should see FIS and WSF work seamlessly within the proposed sports system servicing agreed components of the events pyramid eliminating confusion and simplifying the pathway for all stakeholders.
With its newly approved strategic direction, WSF will continue to focus predominantly on development of the sport and the events that fall into that arena on behalf of its NSO members, event members and the snowboard athletes worldwide. The WSF will continue to provide and maintain the world rankings for all freestyle disciplines (WSPL), the global event schedule and planning calendar, the Sports Data and Stats Center, an Officials Education Program, event resources and the bulk share of the world’s developmental snowboarding events and activities in service to its NSO, event and rider members.
Moving on – From World Snowboard Tour to World Snowboarding
The World Snowboard Tour, predecessor of the TTR World Tour, once represented the world´s largest collection of independent snowboarding events, ranging from entry level amateur events to the pinnacle events of the sport. With the changes in the marketplace over the last 3 winter seasons, what the World Snowboard Tour was originally built around ceased to exist or changed dramatically. Instead, the WST became a banner to unite snowboarding; the WSPL, whole of sport calendaring, judging education and a communications platform for the whole of sport in terms of competitions, rankings, rider information, stats and data, but no longer a tour in the original sense. With the merging of TTR and WSF, the World Snowboard Tour brand name will cease to exist. All existing and future services will be hosted under the new brand World Snowboarding on the World Snowboarding website (www.worldsnowboarding.org). The services will remain and be truly representative of the whole of sport. It will be the one stop shop for all information about snowboarding, its events and athletes.
‘With its legacy and foundation in the core snowboarding community, the WSF will strive to maintain the unique values and culture that its Mission Statement references. Snowboarding is an inspiring sport with a celebrated history and the WSF will do everything it can to keep that passion alive in the governance of our sport for the future generations of snowboarders.’
WSF projects include: World Rookie Tour, World Snowboard Day, WSF Banked Slalom Tour, WSF Pro Women, General Assemblies, educational programs and workshops for instructors, shapers, judges, technical delegates and club managers. WSF’s primary role has been the sanctioning and aggregation of regional and domestic events, which has built the lower tier structure of the World Snowboard Tour in the past. This will continue with the potential to vastly increase the number of regional and domestic event results going to the WSPL as well as the events that have come through the TTR, which will go towards International and Elite on the WSPL.
The WSF Headquarters is located in Innsbruck, Austria. Membership fees finance WSF. WSF’s day-to-day business is taken care of by experienced professionals from many different countries, with dedication to the sport and an efficient way of working together. Our working concept is to be catalytic, stimulating and coordinating in order to achieve our goals. The board members consist of delegates from Norway, Japan, Finland, Germany, Austria, Italy, USA, Canada and Sweden.
The World Snowboard Federation (WSF) is the only international non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to develop the sport of snowboarding on all levels including competitive snowboarding, education, adaptive snowboarding and developing activities for riders of any age. Delegates from 14 nations formed WSF on August 10 2002 in Munich in order to fill the void after the collapse of ISF. The initiative was taken by Japan and Norway – with support from most of the nations worldwide. The Federation became operational end of November 2002.