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World Snowboarding Federation

Det er meningen at World Snowboarding Federation (WSF), skal fungere som en paraplyorganisation for de enkelte landes organisationer. Forbundet nye motto bliver “World snowboarding”og selvom der selvfølgelig er mange ting der skal laves om så er det meningen at forbundet skal udfylde det gamle forbunds plads, og dermed varetage ISFs aktiver.

pressemeddelse på engelsk.

WORLD SNOWBOARDING FEDERATION, constituted in Munich, Germany August 10th 2002.

Snowboarding´s young history continues to reveal the strength of a spirit that simply refuses to die.

Everytime the former ISF got nailed to a cross it was only a matter of time before a resurrection took place and within each reincarnation the spirit grew stronger. As you probably know, ISF have earlier this year decided to stop its operations, dissolve the organisation and file for insolvency.
In the year 2002 once again we witness a rebirth of the genuine snowboardculture worldwide.

On 10th August almost 20 nations gathered in Munich either by delegates in person or by proxies. The nations represented were almost all the major snowboardingnations in the world, like Japan, Canada, Austria, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and many others. (In addititon several nations adressed the meeting their support.)

Totaly the supporting members represents an estimate of ca. 40.000 riders/athletes, 60.000 members through the National Associations and there is an estimate of ca. 4.500.000 snowboarders in the countries where our members are the Governing bodies. The delegates met to discuss filling the void created by the closure of the ISF.
Before the meeting hundreds of emails were traded amoung the nations and top riders world wide, and all but a very few spoke of the need to create a new organisation and body in which the spirit of competitive snowboarding could exist. The nations needed and wanted a global umbrella – it was as simple as that.

With the different requirements of each nation taken into consideration a compromise was reached and it was agreed that the nations would unite under one single banner simply entitled: World Snowboarding.
It was agreed that under that banner a federation would be formed to present international snowboarding to the authorites of the world.

A document was then written outlining the constitution of the new federation and the opening board members were voted in.

Norway´s Steinar Arvesen took almost a clean sweep by every nation to be voted in as President. Japan´s Shinzo Tanuma was voted as Vice President and board members Marcel Schmidt of Czech Republic and Ian Felton of Great Britain were voted in to assist the cause. Further board positions were held over to enable nations representatives who where not present to put their names forward. This second vote is provisionally booked to take take place in October´s scheduled work group meeting.

The meeting was one of the smoothest to date as all nations worked hard to ensure that global unity would continue to stay alive. This was achieved in fine style and we can look forward to the security of competitive World Snowboarding!”

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