Duczeks dominate with podium finishes on world stage
Cranbrook’s Ryder and Dagen Duczek have capped off their competitive wakesurfing season with podium finishes at the 2020 Centurion World Wakesurfing Championships.
Dagen had a strong run in the semifinals landing a 3 shuv, switch 360, gumby shuv, back big spin and more through his two passes to take first place in his heat and advance to the finals in Men’s Amateur Skim on Day one of the competition, before going on to capture second place overall in the finals.
Ryder landed both a 5-big and 5-shuv, en route to a first place finish in his semi-final heat and a spot in the finals. After another strong run in the finals against competitors from the United States, Canada and Ukraine, Ryder secured a first place finish and the world championship in Outlaw Men’s Skim.
To qualify to be invited, riders must be ranked in the top eight in their division in the Competitive Wake Surfing Association world rankings. The event featured 131 athletes from 11 countries competing in 17 different divisions in Fort Worth, Texas.
As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Worlds featured a combination of live and streamed rides which were recorded at sanctioned modules in six countries and shown at the live event.
The 2020 World Championships represent the third time the boys have qualified for Worlds. Ryder has two first place finishes and one second place finish, while Dagen has one first place finish and two second place finishes, an incredible accomplishment for Canadian riders who are limited to riding a few months out of the year.
Ryder and Dagen are on the Waterski Wake BC team and Wake Canada Wakesurf National Development team, and are sponsored by Phase 5 Wakesurfers, Boston Pizza Cranbrook, Hockley Real Estate, Just Liquid Sports and Reg Johnson of BWC Contracting and Alfred Hummel Contractor Ltd.
They ride and train on Tie Lake near Jaffray and have been coached and supported this year by Isaac and Gabrielle Hockley and Caroline Villeneuve.
Lead image: Dagen Duczek in action. Photos submitted