Last Saturday the banks of the the Mississippi in Minneapolis were packed again for the 10,000 Lake Open. Check out the recap of this event below, and see the full details of each event here.
To see the current World Ranking List standings, click here.
What an exciting event this year!
The Juniors field was packed with 11 shredders tearing up the wake behind the 2017 Malibu M235. Arizona’s Rylee Steffen took the top spot, with Rilegh Loftin and Blake Decker in second and third. Steffen continues to hang onto the Juniors top WRS spot, and this podium for Loftin pulls her up to 8th.
For the Amateur women, it was all Minnesota, with Dani Mergen winning skim, and Amy Teitsheid on top in surf. Mackenzie Nelson hit two podiums with a second in skim and third in surf; Andrea Van Ampting took second in surf and Elizabeth Gunter rounded out the skim podium.
For Amateur men, the skim podium was Chris Furey, Creighton Frank and Andy Latham, and on the surf side John Brine, Joe Gunter and Jason Marsh took the honors.
For the Masters Men, Eric Grindland doubled down on his Minnesota streak, with another trip to the top step in skim, followed by Chris Bank and Mike Mergen. Bank won surf, pulling out a win over Flying Mike Viland and Bill Wolfson. Kelley Marsh was on the top step in Masters Women surf.
Outlaw women saw Lara Latham with a win in skim in her first trip to Minnesota, with Ella Sorensen and Alyssa Englund also on podium. For the men, South Carolina’s Evan Feierabend was first, with Brandon Tolliver in second and Leland Watkins on the bottom step. Watkins also won skim, beating Minnesotan Casey Pflipsen and the Wisco favorite, Shane Blanton. Rumor has it it that the 3-D Shane was available for the podium photos.
Over in the pro divisions, it was as exciting as it gets. The women surf division saw exceptional riding, with Malibu sponsored rider Jordan Wolfe taking first, and first year pro Cassidy Gale taking her trip to the podium in second. Angie Viland rounded out the field. In skim, Kia Grindland, hit her second first place this season, with Stacia Bank in second and Frankie Jost in third. The men’s skim division was a tight as it gets with only 1.60 points separating the podium spots! Grant Witherell stepped it up for the spot, with Parker Payne and Jake Caster on either side of that photo. Mr. Payne was also able to capture 1st in surf, over Aaron Witherell, and Chris Wolter took third. Parker’s win moved him into first in the current WRS ranking in surf, slightly ahead of Keenan Flegel.
The later part of the season will be a horse race for the top WRS spots in all divisions, especially with the Canadian National this coming weekend, and the USA National and European Wakesurf Cup in Budapest coming in two weeks.
The past two weekends have been a Tsunami of Wakesurfing around the WORLD. Eight Events, Five Countries, Three Continents, and One love for Wakesurfing.
Check out the recap of the events over the last two weekends below, and see the full details of each event here.
To see the current World Ranking List standings, click here.
7/21-23 Wake the Desert/U.S. Open of Wake Surfing
Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo Texas saw some great wakesurf action on the Tige RZX2’s massive wave. Day One action started off with 15 Juniors taking to the course, with local Rilegh Loftin leading the pack! Georgia’s Jake Borton took the top spot in Amateur Men Skim, and Texan Perry Morrison took the 1st in Amateur Men Surf. North Carolina’s Taylor Beaver won Pro Women’s Skim, and Texan and World Champion Ashley Kidd on the top step in Pro Women Surf. Allison Sos was second in Surf, and Tige’s Emily Agate had a passenger along as she rounded out the Pro Women’s Surf field in 3rd. On the Men’s side, World Champion Keenan Flegel hammered his runs for the top spots in both Pro Men Skim and Pro Men Surf. Jake Caster was 2nd in Skim, and 3rd in Surf.
7/22 WSWA Wake Provincials
Meanwhile in Canada, Waterski Wakeboard Alberta hosted Wake Provincials at John Peake Memorial Park in Chestermere, Alberta. Chestermere fixture Chad Hudson took the top spot in Outlaw Men Skim. Calgary’s Ethan Halford won Amateur Men Skim by a narrow margin over Brad Cowley, and joined his parents for a ‘Halford Hat Trick’, with Craig in 1st on the Masters Men Surf, and Susan in 1st for the Masters Women Combined. In the Juniors division, newcomer Ryder Duczek turned in an impressive run for the top spot. Word is that Ryder is a one to watch. Pro Women Combined was won by Canadian legend and World Champion Caro Villeneuve!
7/22 Supra Pro Wakesurf Tour Stop #3
Over a mile above sea level, Memorial Park in Colorado Springs was the venue for the Supra Pro Wakeboard Tour’s 3rd Stop. One of wake skating’s most influential riders, Reed Hansen, turned in a respectable run, although he did not advance to podium battle. The final was one of the closest so far in the Pro Wakesurf Tour this year, with both Aaron Witherell and Noah Flegel throwing hammers on both surf and skim style, both sides of the wave. Noah edged out Aaron for the win, and Sean Silveira saw his first podium in the Tour at third.
7/22-23 GVA Wake Surf Tour
Geneva, Switzerland hosted the 10th Edition of the GVA Wake Surf Tour, with Masters, Amateurs, and Outlaws all coming out to compete on beautiful Lake Geneva. Swiss Karate Champion Fanny Clavien took the win in Outlaw Women Surf, with Sonia Zaman in second. On the skim side of things, England’s Jennifer Edward posted another first place win this season in Outlaw Skim, and her husband Anthony kept up with her with a 1st in Outlaw Men Skim. For Amateur Women Skim, Russia’s Alexandra Slesareva was second between French riders Iris Vola in first, and Jennifer Kawlath in third. Jennifer Kawlath also won the Amateur Women’s Surf. In Masters Men, Swiss rider Cliff Engeler took the top prize.
7/28-30 Koocanusa Wake Surf Challenge
Many of the top riders from all around the World convened on Lake Koocanusa in the Canadian Rockies for the Koocanusa Wake Surfing Challenge. With over 70 riders competing, this event saw some of the best riding anywhere in the World so far this year. We can’t wait for the video, and rumor is that all drones used in the event survived! This event got rolling with 10 in the Junior Division, with Ryder Duczek taking another first, Kitchener Wilson in second and Evan Hudson in third. Canadians Jamee May and Stephen Hammell won the Women’s and Men’s Amateur Surf Divisions, respectively. On the Amateur Skim side, Canadian Sara Tallon was 1st, and Paul Scheel lead the Men. For Outlaw Men Skim, Austrian Markus Lahmer top home gold, and some bronze in Surf. Canadian Bryce Wagner, making a rare appearance on the grid, took 1st in Outlaw Men’s surf. The Lower Mainland’s Adam May took second. For the Women, Calgary’s Lily Anderson bested California’s Korinn Woodard, with Nicole Hudson rounding out the field in third. For the Pros, Keenan Flegel doubled down on the double win, with the top spot in Surf and Skim for the second week in a row. For the Pro women, World Champion Caro Villeneuve posted up a first place over Brittney Nyrose and Julie Vasselin in Skim, and Arizona’s Angie Viland won in Surf over Canadian Gabrielle Hockley and Utah’s Brooklyn Johnson.
7/29 2017 Asian Wake Surf Championships
The First Asian Wake Surf Championships was hosted in Seoul, South Korea! The event was towed by the Nautique G23, with Athletes from Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan competing. Japan’s Kiyomi Suzuki topped the podium in Outlaw Women Surf for the third time this year in a CWSA event, and Thailand’s Koko Janphut won Outlaw Men’s Surf. Korea’s Sun Hwa Kim took the top spot for the Amateur Women in both Surf and Skim! On the Amateur Men’s side, Jiho Choi took first in Skim followed by Sang Han Jung and Jaese Koo in third. In Surf, the podium was dominated by Korea, with Dong Uk Son leading the crowded 10 competitor field with the win, followed by Young Hae Eo and Sang Han Jung in third.
Gull Lake in Minnesota is finally free of ice, and the local turn out for this event was great! In the division that counts, Eric Grindland, as he always does, came out of the pack from behind to grab a 1st place finish in Masters Men Combined, edging out 2nd place Chris Bank, with Ryan Miller rounding out the podium. In Amateur Skim local Nick Parros won the Men, and Colorado’s Camille Goodwin won the Women’s top spot! Chad Woolson took the honors in Outlaw Men Surf, and Casey Pflipsen won Skim. Ella Sorensen won the Outlaw Women’s combined. For the Pro Women, it was all Minnesotans in Skim, with Kia Grindland beating Frankie Jost for the win, Stacia Bank taking third. Jordan Wolfe topped the Surf podium, followed by Mrs. Bank and Kia Grindland in third.
7/29-30 Nautique European Wake Surf Tour
In Europe, the Soho Country Club in Moscow hosted the 2nd Stop of the Nautique European Wake Surf Tour. This event saw the return of Yana Glumilina to the competitive circuit, to promptly take 1st in Pro Women Combined, with Ksenia Naumova in second, and in her first year as a Pro, Valeriya Kurkova in third. Veteran rider Artem Khalyavin grabbed first in Pro Men Surf, followed by newcomer Ash Richardson. Sergey Danilov filled the third step. For the Masters, Maxim Strogonov posted another win, besting Vadim Krugulov, with Denis Iouriev in third. Juniors saw a repeat of Savva Mamontov on the top step. In the Outlaw level, Mr. & Mrs. Edwards continued their European winning streak, both taking 1st in Outlaw Skim. For the women, Eleana Savchenkova took second, and Anna Romanova was third. For the men, Ilya Revun was second in Skim, and Ukraine’s Vladimir Osadchiy was third. On the Surf side of Outlaw, Mr. Edwards bested Maxim Karasov, and Ivan Pipchenko pulled in third. In Outlaw Women’s Surf, Tanya Phillppova won, with Nadia Kolsheleva in second and Svetlana Belova in third.
It’s the middle of the competitive wakesurfing season, and chances are you’re thinking about this year’s Centurion and Supreme Boats’ 2017 World Wake Surfing Championship.
This year’s Worlds will be an awesome International finale to a great year of competive wakesufing!
For the first time in history the World Wake Surfing Championship will be held outside of the United States.
The City of Kelowna, in British Columbia, Canada is totally stoked to be hosting this event! The competition will be intense, with over 150 of the world’s top wakesurfing athletes throwing down on a deep, crystal clear lake surrounded by spectacular mountains.
Check out the button in the center of the home page for the most current information, or you can click this link.
Information will be updated as soon as it become available, so check back from time to time.
Grau du Roi in Southern France was the venue for this season’s fifth World Series of Wake Surfing event, Nautique’s European Wakesurf Tour, powered by FISE.
On home turf Frenchman Sebastien Balland swept the Outlaw Men with wins in both Surf and Skim. Markus Lahmer of Austria was a mere 1 point behind for second in Surf, followed by Germany’s Maximilliam Kawlath. Lahmer also took second in Skim, and England’s Anthony Edwards took third.
On the Women’s side, Jennifer Edwards of England topped the Skim podium. In a tight final, Canadian Nicole Hudson edged out Russia’s Elena Savchenova for second. For Surf, Swiss rider Fanny Clavien came from third in prelims to take the win, Nicole Hudson took another trip to the podim with the second, followed closely by Samar Suleiman of Geneva in third.
The Amateur Men’s Skim division saw narrow margins with only 2.3 points separating the podium. France’s Phillip Zanco grabbed the win, with Swiss rider Javier Iglesias in second and Russia’s Steve Kulagin in third. In Surf, Frenchman Julien Prudencio was on top, with the UK’s George Taylor and Christian Balmer, Switzerand, in second and third, respecitively.
For the Pros, Arizona riders had a strong showing, with Angie Viland and Madi Horta taking second and third for the Women, behind Florida’s Jodi Grassman. Arizonan Connor Burns was second to California native Chris Wolter’s win on the Men’s side, with Artem Khalyavin of Russia taking the third.
Check out the full official results for this event, and see the updated World Rankings for all competiting athletes here.
What a weekend for competitive wake surfing!
In the Pro Women’s showdown at Lake Anna, Centurion sponsored Surf Champion Ashley Kidd grabbed the top spot over Nautique’s Jodi Grassman, the top ranked Women’s Skim rider. Tige’s Raleigh Hager edged out Malibu’s Jordan Wolfe to take third. In other Lake Anna action, Amateur Jake Borton land his first ever trip to the top step of the podium in Amatuer Men Surf.
Half way around the world, the Russian Open Wake Surfing Championship went down at the Konakovo River Club on the Volga River, and Ksenia Naumova took the top spot in her debut as a Pro! In the Men’s Amateur Skim division, Vitaly Ivanov took his first win ever. In the Juniors division, Russia’s Savva Mamontov edged out Canadian Evan Hudson for the win, with Alice Koziritsky taking third.
Mantua, Utah was the venue for the second stop of Supra Boats Pro Wakesurf Tour. The banks were filled with more than 1,000 cheering fans who watched Parker Payne wrestle the win from Noah Flegel in a hotly contested final. Grant Witherell rounded the podium out at third.
Check out the full official results from these events, and see the updated World Rankings here.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Samar Suleiman to the CWSA Team!
The CWSA a le plaisir de vous présenter Samar Suleiman notre nouvelle membre du team francophone.
Vous pouvez poser toutes vos questions au sujet du profil d’athlètes, des procédures d’inscriptions, des éventuelles questions des règles de compétitions, le système de ranking mondial, et les qualifications pour les championnats du monde de wakesurf.
Si vous êtes un ou une athlète francophone, Samar aura le plaisir de répondre à vos questions, merci de prendre note que vos demandes peuvent aussi être envoyées depuis la page contact sur notre site web.
Merci de noter que pour toutes vos questions au sujet du CWSA, soit vous pouvez envoyer un email à firstname.lastname@example.org ou depuis notre site web depuis la page contact, ou sur notre page facebook.
The CWSA World Ranking System has been updated to include scoring and ranking for the following events:
Check out your current rank! Remember, rankings are based on current WRS scores, previous year points are posted a reference.
Our apology for the delay publishing the WRS scores and ranks for the early events this year, integrating WRS scoring into the new website took a little longer than expected.
Going forward it is expected that the WRS scores and rankings will be completed by Wednesday of each week. Each week an announcement will be posted on the CWSA website News or an email will be sent when the scoring and ranking updates are completed.
Are you curious about an athlete’s rank at a specific event? You can see the final placement results for each of these events, and every other event during the season, here.
Stay tuned, more website features to come.
The Competitive Wake Surf Association Team
The first ever Japan Wake Surf National Competition 2017 was presented by the Japan Wake Surfing Association on May 21st 2017.
This event marks the first CWSA sanctioned wakesurf event in Asia. Held at the Yanmar Sunset Marina on Lake Biwa in Shiga, Japan, an incredible crowd of over 1,200 spectators hit the shoreline to watch the action unfold.
51 Athletes from Japan, South Korea, and Russia threw down their best on a huge Tigé RZX3 wave at this early season event. CWSA Secretary Jon Shields and representative Andrew Stebbins saw a wide range of competition talent in Amateur Men Surf, Amateur Women Surf, Amateur Men Skim, Outlaw Women Combined, and Outlaw Men Surf. Official results for the event can be seen here.
Before the event, over 30 members of the JWSA attended and completed the CWSA Judge Training and Rules seminar, which will provide a solid foundation for the growth and progress of the sport in Japan, and Asia.
Check out the some of the highlights from this spectacular event right here! Video courtesy of the Japan Wake Surfing Association.
With the 2017 Competitive Wakesurfing season about to begin, the CWSA Team has some important news for all competing athletes. Should you require any further clarification in another language (French, Russian, Spanish) please do not hesitate to contact us.
This announcement presents our newly updated “Competitive Wake Surfing Competition Guidelines”, introduces our new website, and, communicate a change to the World Wake Surfing Championship (WWSC) Qualifying Criteria.
The Competitive Wake Surfing Competition Guidelines is a very comprehensive document that covers safety, competitive equipment, course and competition runs, scoring formats, divisions, and, scoring criteria. We are excited to share this with you as it’s the first of its kind for competitive wake surfing. Please review this document at this link.
This spring we unveiled a newly built website which is more user friendly, aesthetically pleasing, while being robust enough to handle the rapid growth of our ridership and the number of events being held globally.
We are pleased that the 2017 season will see 29 competitions in 9 countries making it the biggest World Series of Wake Surfing yet! Earlier this year we made changes to the event levels and their respective requirements.
These changes helped us add a few exciting new stops in 2017 (Chestermere, Cultus Lake, Korea, Japan, Ukraine and others). The changes were designed to make hosting WRS Qualified events more accessible to new event organizers, and to allow for WRS point inclusion for a larger number of riders.
Previously, only World Series of Wake Surfing events qualified for WRS points, and only World Series of Wake Surfing event qualified competitors to be eligible for an invitation to the World Wake Surfing Championship.
To assist the event organizers in hosting successful events, we initially proposed a new WWSC Qualifying Criteria which required riders to attend a WRS Qualifying Event.
What was not known at the time we proposed the change, was the number of WRS events we would see and their geographic location.
What’s come to light is that we have too few WRS Qualifying events to make this requirement practical for our ridership and event organizers in some geographical areas.
For this reason, a decision was made to make WRS Qualified event attendance an optional requirement for WWSC qualification prior to the start of our 2017 season.
We will still require the same total number of events to be attended by skill level, we are just trying to give some leeway to riders who cannot get to or register for the 1 WRS event if necessary.
The WWSC qualification criteria has been updated on our website here.
If you have questions please let do not hesitate to contact us.
The Competitive Wake Surf Association Team