The Global Wingsports Association (GWA) has been founded by the wingsport brands in June 2020 following the goal to develop the wing-foil sport together with the professional and non-professional lifestyle watersport community.
SECRETARY GENERAL: Dr. Jörgen Vogt
Jörgen has been a watersport-enthusiast since childhood. After competing at national and continental windsurf-competitions, and later on at some kite-surfing invitationals, he never stopped trying new watersports. That’s why the wing is now his permanent companion either on the skateboard or the foil-board. Jörgen, by profession a lawyer, also manages the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) since its foundation and is founder and CEO of the GKA Kite World Tour.
CHAIRMAN: Raphael Salles, F-One
Raphael is a true waterman with a glittering trophy cabinet from many years on the windsurfing world tour back in the day. He was a pioneer right at the birth of kitesurfing, and as a passionate innovator it comes as no surprise that he is now at the forefront of wing development.
VICE CHAIRMAN: David Hastilow, Cabrinha
Originally from the UK but now based in Hawaii and working as the Brand Manager for Cabrinha, David has worked in the industry at levels from Instruction through to Product and now Brand Management.
TREASURER: Colin Jacobs, Slingshot/Ride Engine
As COO of 7-Nation – parent company to Slingshot Sports and Ride Engine – Colin has first-hand experience bringing some of the biggest wind, wing and foil innovations to market and is a passionate advocate for the growth and success of the industry.