2014 World tour schedule:
2014 World tour schedule:
The 4th round of the World tour is 7 weeks away and
at this time it is unclear about the 5th stop in Brasil. I recognize
that given the last minute cancelation of the stop last year, that many
of you have doubts about the event for 2014.
All of the elements are in place for the stop however the government
sponsor has yet to transfer the needed capital to finalize the confirmation.
I also realize that many of you need adequate time to prepare your travel
plans in advance to achieve the most reasonable pricing. I will make
a note to say that information regarding the tour is officially found
at the IFWA website and FB pages, not from other sources or their prospective
websites. Questions regarding IFWA should be directed to staff for clarification
as discussion with others is second hand and can be misleading.
I have discussed the situation with staff in Brazil and am confident
that they are making every effort to expedite the process however as
we all know bureaucracy moves at its own pace. We are looking for a
resolution and will update you as soon as the decision is made regarding
the Final. Understandably, the points leaders especially are anxious
and for this I have pushed the local promoters for their feeling in
lieu of a concrete answer. That feeling is currently the event will
take place but it is hinging on the deposit of the necessary funds or
at least a signed contract. A meeting takes place in the next days with
those involved and we hope to have good news before the end of the month.
As you can recognize its difficult to put any stop together in todays
economy, it is a fragile situation for the tour this season and we have
been very lucky that we have the support that we do. Unfortunately this
does not answer the problem we face at this moment. Out of the last
15 years the JetWaves has been successful all but last year and it was
political elections and bank holidays that forced a last minute cancellation
not the lack of effort. I am confident that the round will commence
at this stage of the discussion. By standard we have allowed the local
event promoter 60 days prior to the scheduled event as a deadline for
confirmation. This allows the adequate time to prepare travel and arrange
equipment. In the past, we have put the needed funds up in such situations
privately but this is not possible this season due to lack free capital
so its a hard fact we need to have the sponsors apply their funds before
we can proceed. As an example we had some sponsors pull back their promised
support post the opening round that left a sizable hole in our working
capital for the following rounds which has put us in the place we are
at this date.
The Proximity of the Surf Slam and Jetwaves dates make it even more
difficult as the time is so short to make arrangments. This is well
understood by us, we may push the Brazil round back to November for
this reason and dates are also under review for next season.
With regard to the continuing rumors surrounding the shipping of equipment
to Brasil, It is a safe process as long as the directives of the local
staff are followed specifically. IFWA does not encourage livery of your
equipment outside of those guidelines. In the past we have had to work
with local authorities to control and expedite the passage of equipment
through customs authorities and guarantee the security of those shipments
and Brazil is no different.
We understand the frustration that some are beginning to feel and I
can assure you that its mutually felt by IFWA and every passing day
adds more to that anxiety. For those of you at the top of the points
the loss of the round can have significant effects on the points total
for the championship but as always I remind you that those that participate
in every stop have the benefit over those that choose otherwise. For
this reason we are in conference bi-weekly to seek a resolution at its
Whether the Surf Slam or the Jetwaves ends to be the final, we at IFWA
will be prepared to mark the champion at either. A resolution for the
future may be to hold the USA event last in the series in order to have
a concrete location to award the championship podium. The Staff at IFWA
have worked continuously for the last 10+ years to provide the competition
as a venue for the sport and its from this history I ask you to be patient
a little longer as a decision is pending.
There is some promising support for the tour on the table for 2015 and
its our hope that we will may soon put the problems like the ones we
have faced since the loss of Spain, Portugal and Brasil behind us.
Much of the effort over the past decade has been wrought with challenges
overcome by promotors risking personal assets and it is just not something
that can be done this season. With this in mind we are working very
hard to secure a more cohesive sponsorship for the tour as a whole.
These discussions are currently underway at this very moment.
Additional locations are asking to join the world tour and they all
seem very viable but in the end it is the established stops we rely
on based on past history. Supporting those promoters that have worked
so hard to bring freeride to their countries over the past 10-15 years
are our first priority while we maintain an optimistic attitude to the
addition of new locations suggested or pending approval. The logistics
for IFWA are not unlike those of each pilot but on a larger cumulative
scale so indeed we understand the situation as it currently stands.
Please understand that IFWA is first and foremost about the pilots yet
I ask you to respect that without the massive effort of each local promoter
we have not a tour. We have come a long way and we intend to continue
that journey well into the future for the up coming new enthusiast athletes
that daily catch the fever of freeride.
A deadline for the decision is in discussion and i would ask that based
on the past personal efforts of Marcelo Brandao , a founding member
of IFWA, that we understand the reality that he and his staff are facing.
We have a very capable staff assemble at IFWA and we are every week
moving forward with the help of technology to bring the international
members closer together in the planning stages to strengthen the association
and maximize the efforts of all involved including the pilots.