International Water Ski Federation
International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the international regulatory body promoting water skiing
Water skiing
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, wakeboarding and other water sports, setting the official rules of water skiing and official tournaments, coordinating the work of national federations. Before 2009 the IWWF had the name IWSF. It was renamed at the Congress 2009 in Calgary.

The IWSF was originally founded in 1955. In 1967 the IWSF was recognized for the first time by the International Olympic Committee
International Olympic Committee
The International Olympic Committee is an international corporation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, created by Pierre de Coubertin on 23 June 1894 with Demetrios Vikelas as its first president...

 at its meeting in Tehran. At the 1972 Summer Olympics
1972 Summer Olympics
The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Munich, West Germany, from August 26 to September 11, 1972....

 in Münich, Waterski was an Olympic Demonstration Sport for the first time. In 1998 Wakeboarding was likewise officially recognized by the IOC.

The IWWF is also member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).

The President of the IWWF is Kuno Ritschard.

The IWWF currently has 84 Member Nations.

Order of Merit

The Order of Merit is awarded at the discretion of the Executive Board of the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) to individuals who have made meaningful contributions to the sport of water skiing which do not fall within the guidelines for the Hall of Fame.

National federations

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