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How (And Why) To Get Started On The AWT

Do you want to join the world’s biggest windsurfing family?

The AWT (American Windsurfing Tour) runs events throughout the year from mainland US, to South America and even Hawaii (for the upcoming Alohoa Classic). Whilst there is a pro division at the AWT the competition (as with here in the UK at the BWA and UKWA events) it’s really about all the fleets.

Here’s a guide to if, how and why you should look at heading along to join the AWT family…

The AWT has grown into a global windsurfing community uniting riders from all countries, all abilities and all ages in a six-stop wave sailing extravaganza with locations in USA, Hawaii, Peru and Mexico.

For the first time last year the PWA was invited to join the AWT in Maui for the Aloha Classic. Frequented by some of the most decorated riders of all time; Kevin Pritchard, Levi Siver, Francisco Goya, Marcillo Browne to name a few the AWT has distinguished itself as a tour which welcomes riders of all levels and ages across the 6 divisions. Amateur, Women, Youth, Masters and Grand Master competitors rub shoulders with the stars, who are on hand to help encourage, advise and support all competitors.

If you are an avid windsurfer keen to take your windsurfing experiences to a new level then maybe it is time to consider joining the AWT. We caught up with Chris Freeman (AWT Head Judge) originally from the UK but now residing in Hawaii for an inside scoop.

What do you need to know before your first event?

The AWT is open to everyone…

The AWT is fun! You will be challenged to reach new heights but there is the support around you to make you feel confident and ready for the next level.

What level do they need to be?

While we host a bunch of star riders on tour the AWT is open for all and riders will find their home in one of the 6 divisions available: Pro, Women, Amateur, Masters, Grand Masters & Youth.

Can you sail a wave board? If YES we’ll help you get into wave competition, if you are unsure get in touch.

Can anyone enter?

Yes. Register for your first AWT here –


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