Locals shine at Canada Wakesurf Nationals
The 2021 Wake Canada Wakesurf Nationals were held recently on the shores of Moyie Lake, attracting 58 competitors from across Canada.
“The East Kootenay is home to some of the most talented riders in the country and it was so great to be able to showcase our region and our local talent over the weekend,” said Wake Canada Wakesurf Director Isaac Hockley.
In the Pro Men’s Skim Division, Ryder Duczek of Cranbrook (pictured above) had a flawless first pass on his way to his second consecutive Pro-Men’s Skim National Championship.
Younger brother Dagen finished 4th in Pro Men’s Skim (above).
Gabrielle Hockley of Moyie (pictured above; middle) wowed the hometown crowd with a strong second pass on her way to a first-place finish and National title in Pro Women’s Surf.
Fernie’s Caroline Villeneuve (above) showed why she is a legend of the sport as she battled windy conditions to bring home the Silver Medal in Pro Women’s Skim.
Isaac Hockley (above left) took third in the Open Men’s Skim Division.
Cranbrook’s Montanna Rouselle (centre) took first place in the Open Women’s Skim.
“Wakesurfing is one of the fastest growing sports out there, and it was incredible to see so many local athletes killing it on the National stage,” said Hockley. “The weekend would not have been possible without the support of the sponsors and volunteers, who rallied to make the weekend possible, including so many local residents and businesses.”
Sponsors included Wizard Lake Marine, Nautique, Wake BC and Wake Canada, The Choice, Just Liquid Sports, All Season Motorsports, Phase 5, Fabrite and Team LTD.
Photos by Max Webster, Webster Film & Photography