The primary goals of the WSKA are to:

  • Promote goodwill and cultural interchange among people who surf kayaks in different countries in the world.
  • Provide a world organization to help guide the development of surf kayaking.
  • Share ideas about boat design and surfing moves, and expand the skill level of people involved in surf kayaking.
  • Increase the number of people and countries involved in surf kayaking.
  • Increase the number of juniors and women involved in surf kayaking.
  • Promote friendly competition among surf kayakers.
  • Hold a world championship of surf kayaking every two years.


Photo credit: Denzil Pearce
Worlds 2019

The 2019 World Surf Kayak Championships are being held in Peru, from 19th to 26th July 2019.  An event website will be available by late 2018 / early 2019.

Proposals are invited for hosting the World Championships in future years.  Bids need to be submitted to WSKA before the preceding Championships, and a decision is made at or soon after that event.   A guide for Countries considering hosting the event is here: English and Spanish
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Previous World Championships:
2017 – Portrush, Northern Ireland
2015 – Pantin, Galicia, Spain
2013 – Sunshine Coast, Australia
2011 – Nags Head, North Carolina, USA
2009 – Ocean Spirit, Portugal
2007 – Mundaka and Bakio, The Basque Country
2005 – Esterillos Oueste, Costa Rica
2003 – Easkey, Ireland
2001 – Santa Cruz, California, USA
1999 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1997 – Thurso, Scotland
1995 – Boca Barranca, Costa Rica
1993 – Santa Cruz, California, USA
1991 – Thurso, Scotland