Weekend of podiums for local wakesurfers
It was a podium finish for four East Kootenay wakesurfers who participated in the gold-level Centurion Absolut Water Proof Tour Canada Stop over the weekend.
In his first competition in the semi-pro Outlaw Men’s Skim Division, Ryder Duczek took first place finishes on both day one and day two to place first overall in his division.
Meanwhile, younger brother Dagen was in a battle in the Junior Division competing against a field of talented U-12 riders. Dagen landed a three-shuv on both of his runs, making him the first junior to land the complicated trick in competition, and helping him on his way to a first place finish.
Jaffray’s Cassidy Boehm also had a strong weekend, putting in a solid set of runs and taking first place overall in the Women’s Amateur Skim Division.
Finally, Caroline Villeneuve of the H20 School on Lake Koocanusa showed everyone why she continues to be known as one of the best riders in the world. A strong performance in her run on day two boosted her to a solid second place finish in the Pro Women’s Skim division.
The Water Proof Tour Canada Stop was held at Lake Chestermere just outside of Calgary and featured riders from Canada, multiple U.S. states, Japan, and Hong Kong.
The Duczek brothers and Villeneuve are all members of the Phase 5 wakesurfing team. Next up for the Duczek brothers, who live in Cranbrook and train at Tie Lake near Jaffray, will be the Alberta Provincials where between them they will be competing in wakesurf, wakeskate and wakeboard as part of the Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta Alberta Wake Tour Series.
Lead image: Dagen and Ryder Duczek. Photos submitted