Funboard and the evolution of IFCA
The International Funboard Class Association (IFCA) is a Class Member of World Sailing with the rights to award World and Continental Championship titles. IFCA has been involved in the development of all the funboard disciplines – racing, expression and speed; and organised championships all over the world.
IFCA was formed in 1985 and provided the opportunity for windsurfers to compete on affordable, durable, and “like for like”, Production Boards.
Creating a production board class gave everyone in the world the chance to sail the same board as the World Champion, taking away the equipment advantage that the top, factory sponsored, riders had.
IFCA provided a platform for Pro-Am – a feeding class for advancement towards a professional career in windsurfing,
IFCA began organizing “racing” world championships in 1985, a programme that continues to this day – World Championships and Champions.
1987 – IFCA was recognized as an International Class by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), now known as World Sailing
1988 – First IFCA Wave World Championship in Klitmoller.
2001 – IFCA becomes a founding member of the International Windsurfing Association (IWA).
2002 – IFCA introduce Freestyle discipline to its programme of events.
2004 – IFCA focus changed from racing ( course + slalom) to pure slalom.
2007 – IFCA supported the development of the International Speed Windsurfing Class, a a production board division.
IFCA continues to:
– provide event experience for windsurfers who wish to start in competition, and develop as competitors;
– organize throughout the year events where windsurfers of all ages can join, learn, compete and experience the sport;
– keep its members informed of matters that concern the class;
– and provide event management guidelines to support their organisers.
Good winds, Bruno de Wannemaeker | IFCA Vice President