East Kootenay Wake Surfers Put in Strong Performance at Canadian Nationals
It was a stellar weekend for East Kootenay riders at the 2020 Wake Canada Wakesurf Nationals, presented by Yanmar Marine.
Jaffray’s Cassidy Boehm took gold with a first place finish in Youth Girls, while Cranbrook’s Dagen Duczek rode to a silver medal finish in Youth Boys. Fernie’s Caroline Villeneuve, who also runs the H20 School on Lake Koocanusa, once again showed why she is a leader in the sport with a bronze medal in Pro Women’s Skim. Cranbrook’s Ryder Duczek, put in a strong run on his way to a first place finish and the gold medal in the Pro Men’s Division.
The event was held on Lake Okanagan near Vernon September 18.
The Duczek brothers, Boehm and Villeneuve will represent Canada at the upcoming 2020 World Wakesurfing Championship. 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 will feature 131 athletes from 11 countries competing in 17 different divisions. As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Worlds will feature a combination of live and streamed rides, which were pre-recorded at sanctioned modules in six countries on three continents. The World Championships will feature the rides in a set order and be judged in the same manner whether they are live or pre-recorded competitors in each division.
The Centurion World Wakesurfing Championship kicks off October 1st in Fort Worth, Texas and runs over the course of three days.