The Singapore Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (SWWF), a non-profit organisation, was registered in December 1975 with the Registry of Societies.
Water skiing was introduced in Singapore in the early 50’s with skers such as Jack Oei, Hugh Longhurst (who competed in in the World Championships in Milan in 1959), Ricky Ricketts and Jimmy Lee being the active figures.
The first international event with Singapore representation was the Marcos Cup and the 3rd South East Asian Waterski Championships in Manila in 1975. This evolved into the Asian Waterski Championships.
In the early 1980’s the SWWF organised competitions off Coney Island where they installed a slalom course and jump ramp. Events were also held in the Kim-Kim River in Johor. This was part of the 7-Up and Sprite Series which included teams sponsored by EP Skis, O’Brien Skis and Volvo Penta. Some of the competitive skiers were Richard Eu, William Goh, William Teo, Leslie Foo, Zainal Jantan, Jasmie Hussein, Bernatt Tan, Mike Whiston and Ahmad Awang.
The SWWF was permitted to use Jurong Lake in 1983 for National Waterski Training and to host the South East Asian Games waterskiing event. This was the first time that the SWWF was granted permission to use a fresh-water lake.
At the end of the Games, waterski training and competitions reverted back to the open ocean and a slalom course was installed in Ponggol River.
In 1987, the SWWF was granted permission to use Kallang River for National Training and competitions. This was part of the nation’s Clean River Campaign initiated by the Prime Minister. The SWWF organised the Asian Open Waterski Championships that year and the 1988 Asian Australasian Championships a year later. In 1993, the SWWF organised the IWSF World Water Ski Championships. The world’s top waterskiers came to compete and the event was televised worldwide.
The SWWF organised Singapore’s first wakeboard competition at Kallang Riverside Park in 1994 and events have been organised annually ever since.
The SWWF also organised the Singapore National Inter-University & Polytechnic Championships starting in 2000. Teams from National University of Singapore (NUS), National Technical University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), Singapore Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic have competed in these events.
In 2004, the SWWF organised the HSBC Wakeboard World Cup at Bedok Reservoir. It was the first time a motorised sport was permitted in a freshwater reservoir. The world’s best wakeboarders were invited to compete for a USD50,000.00 cash purse. The SWWF continued to organise Wakeboard World Cup stops at Bedok Reservoir in 2005, 2006 & 2007, followed by another stop at Marina Bay in 2008.
The SWWF organised the wakeboard & waterski disciplines of the 28th South East Asian Games in 2015 at Bedok Reservoir. Singapore’s Sasha Christian, won gold medals in women’s wakeboard and slalom, Mark Leong won a gold in men’s slalom, and Team Singapore won a silver medal in the wakeboard team overall event (Sasha Christian, Gooi Jia Yi, Melanie Tan, Joshua Tay, Frankie Ng & Samuel Chia).
The SWWF organised Singapore’s first wakesurf competition in 2017 at Bedok Reservoir
President – Mr Richard Eu
Vice President – Mr Derek Leong
Hon. Secretary – Mr Steven Tan
Treasurer – Mr Derek Lauchengco
SWWF organises the waterskiing event for the South East Asian Games (SEA) Games in Singapore at Jurong Lake. William Teo and Jasmie Hussein win Singapore's first-ever SEA Games medals in the Men's Trick (silver) and Men's Slalom (silver) event respectively. The Singapore Team wins the bronze medal
Paul Fong wins Singapore's first international waterski gold medal in the Men's Trick event at the Asian Waterski Championships held in Perth, Australia
Paul Fong wins the Men's Trick Event at the MalaysianWaterski Open in Miri, Sarawak
SWWF granted permission to use Kallang River for National Waterskiing Training and to organise local/international waterskiing competitions
Jasmie Hussein wins a gold in Men's Slalom and Paul Fong wins a gold in Men's Overall at the Asian Open Waterski Championships in Singapore at Kallang River
Jasmie Hussein wins Singapore's first SEA Games medal in the Men's Slalom event in Bali, Indonesia. In addition, three silver medals are won by Paul Fong in slalom, tricks and overall
1991Roger Koa wins the Men's Overall event at the Asian Open Waterski Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1992Roger Koa wins Singapore first ever gold medal in men's tricks at the Asian Australasian Championships in Omigawa, Japan edging out top trick skiers from Australia and New Zealand
1993Hosted the 1993 World Waterskiing Championships at Kallang Riverside Park. 40 countries from around the world competed in this event with world's top waterskiers competing; the event is televised live worldwide. Roger Koa places 24th in Men's Tricks
1994SWWF organises first ever wakeboard competition in Singapore at Kallang Riverside Park
1996Roger Koa wins the Tricks and Overall event at the Asian Open Waterski Championships in Korea
SWWF organises waterskiing and wakeboarding demonstration at Marina South in conjunction with the Great Singapore Workout, watched by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong
SWWF invites World Wakeboard Champion, Dean Lavelle, to perform a demonstration at Kallang Riverside Park
Roger Koa wins a gold medal in Men's Slalom at the Asian Open Waterski Championships in China
Roger Koa wins 3 gold medals in Men's Slalom, Tricks and Jumps in the SEA Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Suter Tan and May Lwin win two silver medals in the trick events
May Lwin wins a bronze medal in women's slalom at the Asian Waterskiing Championships in New Zealand
SWWF selects Singapore's first National Wakeboard Team to compete in the 1st International Waterski Federation's World Wakeboard Championships in Montpellier, France. Samantha Knott wins Singapore a gold medal in Junior Ladies event. Roger Koa places 4th in the Men's Open event
2001Roger Koa represents Singapore in wakeboarding at the World Games in Akita, Japan
Suter Tan and Kevin Tan represent Singapore at the 2nd IWSF World Wakeboarding Championships in Sun City, South Africa
2002Team Singapore, comprising of Kevin Tan, Yunos Bin Yusop and Carmen Liew, win first wakeboarding medals in an international wakeboarding competition, the Asian Championships
2003SWWF organised Reef Wakefest 2003 & Riverside Jam, June at Kallang Riverside Park in conjunction with the Play! Singapore Campaign, one of 8 events chosen by the Singapore Sports Council to encourage people to participate in sports after the SARS epidemic
Sasha Christian, 11 years old, becomes Singapore’s youngest representative at an international competition and places third at the Asian Wakeboard Championships in China
SWWF organises first wakeboarding demonstration in Marina Bay at the UIM F1 Race
SWWF organises HSBC Wakeboard World Cup at Bedok Reservoir (first motorised sport in a fresh-water reservoir)
Sasha Christian win Sports section of the Streetstyle Awards 2004
PUB appoints SWWF to organise Sail Past for the Marina Barrage Commencement Ceremony, witnessed by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew
Sasha Christian wins Breakthrough Award from Singapore Sports Council Sasha Christian appears in Singapore’s National Day video, called “40 Today”
SWWF launches first National Junior Wakeboarding Programme, HSBC Junior Riders
Singapore Sports Council appoints SWWF to organise Sail Past and Wakeboard Demonstration at Waterfest by the Bay (at Marina Bay)
SWWF organises 2nd HSBC Wakeboard World Cup at Bedok Reservoir
NEA & PUB appoints SWWF to organise wakeboard demonstration, by Max Christian, for Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during Clean & Green Week at Bedok Reservoir
2006The Singapore Sports School admits Sasha Christian’s as its first wakeboarding student
Singapore’s first Cable Ski Park, Ski360°, opens at East Coast Lagoon
SWWF organises 3rd HSBC Wakeboard World Cup at Bedok Reservoir
Sasha Christian wins silver medal at the Asian Wakeboard Championships held in Australia
Team Singapore (Sasha Christian, Eliza Loo, Vivien Chong, Max Christian, Yunos Yusop and Terry Goh) wins 1st ever gold medal, wakeboard team overall, at the Asian Wakeboard Championships, Australia
SWWF organises 1st Wakeboard Rail Jam at Ngee City using a mechanical winch and portable pools
SWWF organises a Wakeboard & Wakeskate Rail Jam at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, in conjunction with Waterfest 2007
SWWF organises 4th Wakeboard World Cup at Bedok Reservoir
Sasha Christian wins bronze medal in the Girl’s Division at the Wakeboard World Championships, Qatar
Sasha Christian wins silver medal at the Asian Wakeboard Championships and Asian Australasian Wakeboard Championships, Korea
Max & Sasha Christian perform wakeboard demonstration during the National Day Parade
SWWF organises Wakeboard & Wakeskate Rail Jam at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, in conjunction with Waterfest 2008
SWWF organises 5th Wakeboard World Cup at Marina Bay and 1st Dance Party on the Marina Bay Floating Platform (called the Float presented by the Butter Factory)
2010SWWF organises its first cable wakeboard and wakeskate event at Ski360°, East Coast Lagoon Cable Park, the 2010 Mettle Games
Sasha Christian wins a gold medal in women's wakeboard and a silver medal in women's slalom at the South East Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia. Kalya Kee wins silver in women's wakeboarding and Matthew Christian wins a bronze in men's wakeboarding
Sasha Christian wins a bronze medal in women's wakeboarding at the Asian Beach Games in Haiyang City, China
Sasha Christian wins a gold medal in women's slalom in the Asian Beach Games held in Phuket, Thailand
The SWWF organised the wakeboard & waterski disciplines of the South East Asian Games in 2015 at Bedok Reservoir. Sasha Christian wins gold medals in women's slalom and women's wakeboard. Mark Leong wins a gold medal in men's slalom. Kalya Kee wins a bronze medal in women's overall. Team Singapore wins a silver medal in wakeboard team overall.
Mark Leong wins a gold medal in men's slalom at the 2016 IWWF Asian Championships held in Korea
2017SWWF organises Singapore's first wakesurf competition, the Manulife / Flash Wakesurf Championships
South East Asian Games in Malaysia, Sasha Christian wins gold medals in women's slalom and women's wakeboard. Mark Leong wins a gold medal in men's slalom and bronze in overall. Sabelle Kee wins a silver in women's trick and Team Singapore wins a silver in wakeboard team overall.
Singapore's first representatives in an international wakesurf competition are Cassandra Tan and Quentin Oliver Meech, both qualifying for the finals at the 2019 SINGHA IWWF Asian Championships in Thailand.
Cable Wakeboard and Wakeskate medal disciplines are included in the South East Asian Games for the first time, held in the Philippines. Nur Alysha Mohamad Rizwan wins a bronze medal for Singapore in Women's Wakeskate