Chris Howarth Obituary, Death – The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) Asia community is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Chris Howarth, who served as the Secretary General for IWWF Asia from 1948 to 2023. Chris Howarth’s remarkable journey through the world of towed water sports has left an indelible mark on the organization and the global waterski and wakeboard community.
Chris’s dedication to the IWWF was truly exceptional. He began his journey with the organization by serving as its Treasurer for an impressive 14 years, from 2003 to 2017. During this time, he showcased his financial acumen and helped steer the IWWF through various financial challenges, ensuring the stability and growth of the federation.
However, Chris’s contributions extended far beyond his role as Treasurer. He also served as the Chairman of the IWWF World Cup Committee, where his leadership played a pivotal role in organizing and promoting top-tier waterski and wakeboard events around the world. Additionally, he was an essential member of the IWWF’s Media & Communications committee, furthering the federation’s reach and engagement with fans and enthusiasts.
Chris Howarth was a true globetrotter, tirelessly traveling to far-flung corners of the world to promote and develop towed water sports. His commitment knew no bounds as he ventured to countries like Saudi Arabia, North Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and more recently, India. His efforts were instrumental in spreading the joy of waterskiing, wakeboarding, and wakesurfing to new and diverse audiences.
One of Chris’s standout achievements was his involvement in lobbying for regional multi-sport games, such as the Asian Beach Games. His advocacy efforts contributed to these games featuring waterski, wakeboard boat, and wakesurfing, providing these sports with a prominent platform in the Asian sporting landscape.
Chris Howarth’s legacy will forever be intertwined with the growth and success of IWWF Asia and the global towed water sports community. His unwavering passion, commitment, and vision have left an enduring impact, inspiring future generations to continue pushing the boundaries of these exciting sports.
As we remember Chris Howarth, we celebrate his extraordinary contributions to IWWF Asia and the world of towed water sports. His memory will continue to inspire and guide us as we carry forward his legacy of excellence and dedication in this thrilling and dynamic arena.