The Windsurfing Euro-Cup is a continental windsurfing tour organized by the Germany based Choppy Water GmbH with approval of the International Windsurfing Association (IWA), International Formula Windsurfing Class (IFWC) and International Funboard Class Association (IFCA).
The Windsurfing Euro-Cup is a network of organizers. The individual events are organized in co-operation with independent local organizers. Every organizer is responsible for his event. But by joining the Windsurfing Euro-Cup, the organizers agree to the same minimum levels for the events.
The events of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup take place in Europe. But they are not limited to European riders only. Competitors from the continents are not only allowed to participate but also very welcome.
The Windsurfing Euro-Cup is targeted at riders who are looking for an interesting challenge above the national level but without the costs and efforts that are caused by the participation in a professional windsurfing circuit. Most events can be reached by car which keeps the costs of travelling and accommodation on a low level.
The events of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup have a minimum prize money of € 5.000,-. Top events may reach up to over € 15.000,-. Additional 10% of each events prize money will be summed up in an annual pot which will be spread out among the top riders of the annual ranking list at the end of the season.
The events may be existing events that are pushed to a higher level by being part of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup series. But also new events may be created as tour stops. Some Euro-Cup events are also counting for their national rankings. So the Windsurfing Euro-Cup combines the national top riders with the European elite windsurfers.
From 2015 onwards the Windsurfing Euro-Cup will be the official series leading to the IFCA European Slalom Championship title. Traditionally the European Slalom Championships of the IFCA class were organized as one-off-championships. The new format as a championship series offers some key advantages. Most importantly the risk for the IFCA that no European Champion can be crowned due to a lack of wind is eliminated. Single events can always be a victim of missing wind. But it is almost impossible that a complete series drops out.
The sportive value of the series is higher than a one-off-championship as the competitors prove their skills in a wider range of conditions. The bandwidth of potential venues reaches from the wavy Atlantic Ocean to the azur Mediteranean Sea, from the rough North Sea to the choppy Baltic Sea. Even inland Lakes may be tour stops of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup.
Due to the tour it is easy for competitors to participate in the international competition scene. Events will be offered in different countries. So competitors can find events within easy reach and be a part of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup. A fair discard system ensures that the number of counting results is limited to a degree that allows competitors to choose a selection of events that fits their budget and plans but have the chance to be in a good ranking position none the less.