For the 7th year the Competitive Wake Surf Association (CWSA) elected it’s 2018 Officers and elected new Directors to fill vacancies. The CWSA prides itself in maintaining transparency in its operation, and in that spirit, is announcing the recent changes to the Board of Directors.
New directors for the 2018 competition year include: Sang Han Jung from South Korea, Samar Suleiman from Switzerland, Troy Mann and Jeff Walker both from the USA. They will join existing directors Chris Bank from the USA, Chad Hudson from Canada, Alena Pishchulina from Russia, Jon Shields from the USA, Mike Viland from the USA and Caroline Villeneuve from Canada.
Additionally, the officers of the CWSA were elected, for a one-year term. Jon Shields who has served as director and most recently the Secretary of the CWSA was elected President. Chris Bank was re-elected as Vice President, Chad Hudson was re-elected as the Treasurer of the organization and Jeff Walker was elected Secretary.
The CWSA maintains several committees and the President, after due consideration and discussion, recommended the following committee staffing for the 2018 competitive season:
“The 2018 competitive season will see the athletes continue to drive the sport forward with innovation, athletic skill and sportsmanship” stated 2018 President Jon Shields. “I’m honored to be entrusted with the helm of the CWSA and look forward to a stellar year of athletic excellence and growth for competitive wake surfing worldwide.”
The Competitive Wake Surf Association (CWSA) is the leading authority on wake surf competition and maintains the World Ranking System which systemically ranks over 650 riders in various skill levels and age groupings of athletes from 26 Countries. It is the only such wake surf specific ranking system in existence.
As always, the CWSA welcomes ideas and thoughts concerning competitive wake surfing, please address any such correspondence to email@example.com.
The CWSA Team
The CWSA completed a review of the World Ranking System (WRS) and has made some changes for the 2018 season to improve its performance in ranking the relative skill of athletes in a division for our growing ridership.
1. The calibration factor for 2018 is set at 500, unchanged from 2017.
2. The transfer factor of 0.4 discussed in section 9.2 will remain and be applied to all competitors calibrated base points who are moving from Amateur to Outlaw or Outlaw to Pro and all other voluntary permitted transfers.
3. Competitors who are granted a waiver allowing them to avoid a mandatory move will be subject to a 30% reduction in their previous year’s base points. This will improve WRS performance and facilitate the growth and development of our ridership.
4. All competitor's current WRS points will be the average of the top 3 results, including previous year’s base points, except in the pro divisions it will be the average of the top 4 results. This will do much to remove some of the WRS points anomalies observed in the non-Pro divisions.
5. The minimum points scale for Bronze level competitions is increased from 120 to 180.
6. For the 2018 competitive season, the top 10 WRS riders in each Amateur division will be moved to Outlaw and the top 3 Outlaws in each WRS division will move to Pro. No change versus 2017.
What a weekend for competitive wakesurfing at the 22nd Centurion Boats World Wake Surfing Championship in
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada!
This event is always hyped as the best of the best in the World, and boy did this event deliver! From the Juniors to the
Pros, the level of riding at this event can only be described as spectacular, never seen before, and awesome! A new crop of World Champions were crowned. Mother nature cooperated, with pristine air and water conditions pretty much for
the whole event.
116 athletes from the USA, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland and the United
Kingdom threw down the best riding seen this season. The invited riders were filtered by 28 competitive events this
season to bring together the best of the best for this Championship.
The LCQ event format for Pros and Outlaws delivered a level of competition and drama never seen before.
The Pro Male Skim LCQ was on fire, with Jake Caster and Legend Dominic Lagace grabbing the last two finals spots in
Friday’s LCQ. Caster went on to win that division with an on fire run that included a ‘Hail Mary’ – a backside 360
body varial on the top followed by a 360! Multiyear World Champion Keenan Flegel took the second step with
a variety packed and intense run, and John Akerman whipped out a ‘Lovett roll’ at the end of his run to grab third.
For the Pro Male Surf LCQ, Connor Burns and Jake Breedlove threw down and got the last 2 spots, leaving Caster,
Montgomery, Sparling and Clement to ride the beach for Finals in this division. In Finals, Keenan Flegel proved why he is
a multi-year World Champion, taking back his title once again. Aaron Witherell was second, and Noah Flegel delivered a
solid third place run.
In Pro Female Skim Jodi Grassman crushed her Final’s run to take her first World title, with Canadian and 2015 Champion Caro Villenueve in second. Alberta’s Brittney Nyrose grabbed her first Pro World’s podium with the third.
The Pro Female Surf division has been very strong in recent years, and it’s just getting more competitive. Texan
Ashley Kidd was able to hold the pack at bay, throwing a clean, powerful and smooth final run with a grabbbed
and stalled air reverse and a stalled air 180 with a shuv out to take her 4th World title. Lake Oroville’s
Allison Sos landed a switch shuv at the end of her run to capture second, and Georgia’s Jordan Wolfe took the third.
And as if all that Pro riding excitement was not enough, there were 13 other divisions on this bonfire!
Outlaw Drew Drennan, undefeated this season until this event, did not make Finals in the first round. In the Outlaw Skim LCQ, Drennan bested Hudson, Watkins, Ulrich and Dorgal for a pass into the final. In the Surf LCQ, Drennan delivered
with a victory over Lahmer, Wagner, Watkins, Yamada and Woodard.
The Outlaw Male Skim and Surf Finals were intense, with France’s Sebastien Balland grabbing the top spot in both Skim
and Surf. In Surf, Evan Feierabend was second, with Drennan in third. For Skim, Drennan was third, and the Englishman Anthony Edwards was second.
For Outlaw Female Skim, the UK’s Jen Edwards became the first European woman to take home a World Championship,
with the win in Skim. Lake Anna’s Lara Latham was second, and Canadian Nicole Hudson was third. On the surf side,
Canada’s Lily Anderson capped off an undefeated season in Surf with the win, with Californian Korinn Woodard in
second, and Nicole Hudson picking up another podium on the third step.
The Amateurs delivered great runs, with Canada’s Sara Tallon winning the Female Skim, and taking second in Surf. Lake
Anna’s Christanny Harler grabbed second in Skim, with Sydney Spicer grabbing third. Canadian Bailey Rush was on the
top step for the women in Surf, and the Lower Mainland’s Jamee May was in the show position.
For the Amateur men, Michigan’s Nick Parros took first, with Idaho’s Adam Wheeler in second and Virginia’s Andy Latham
in third. For surf, it was the hometown favorite Canadian Stephen Hammell on the the first step, with Arizona’s Dylan
Ayala in second and Texan Perry Morrison in third.
The Masters division was awesome this year. For the women, in Surf it was all USA with Seattle’s Jen Turnbull capping off an undefeated season with the win. Arizona’s Kelly Marsh was second, and Washington State’s Dawn Hooks finished
third. On the the Skim side Canada answered with a hat trick of their own: Tracy Wright, Susan Halford, and Carly
Newell, in that order.
In Men’s skim, Lake Okanagan’s Ricky Edmonds delivered a run that would have been the winner in the Outlaw division at many events this season, and the Minnesotan Eric Grindland was nipping at Edmond’s heels for the second. Todd
Witherell made sure he took home that third place hardware to add to his collection.
Masters surf saw Mike Viland do a fly-by to land on the top step, with Peru’s Kelley De Rivero in second and Californian
Rob Harrington in third.
Not to to be outdone by the mature folks, the Juniors came out of the gates swinging! Canada’s Ryder Ducek’s took first
with a finals run that included not 1, but 2, 180 shuvs, and a credible switch front big spin attempt! Wow, just boggles the mind to imagine what that kid is gonna show us in a few short years. On the second step was Arizona’s Rylee Steffen,
with Canada’s Montanna Rousselle rounding out the podium.
Check out the video from this event on the CWSA website homepage. For complete Official results for all three days
of this awesome event, click here.
Not only did Centurion Boats do a great job with the event, but the Awards Ceremony following the event was top self
as well. And the CWSA presented its 2017 Wakesurfing Awards.
CWSA members, we hear you! This year for the first time all CWSA Awards except the Legend Award were determined by you, the CWSA members. Thank you all for nominating and thank you all for voting to select the winners. So if you were
not present at WWSC 2017, go check out your 2017 CWSA Wakesurfing Award Winners, and the 2017 WRS Champions.
Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Sparling for being our emcees for the CWSA Awards.
Let’s all give a huge THANK YOU to Centurion Boats, who makes this World Class event possible year after year, and for
their continued support of competitive wakesurfing! And a special shout out to Shell Buchner, Amy Mauzy and
Finally, a big thank you to the voices of the 2017 World Wake Surfing Championship: Sean Cummings, Phil Wilson and
Andy Drennan. And thanks to the gentleman with the bionic bifocals, Co-Head Judge Jeff Walker, Head Judge Mike Viland and the army of volunteers, judges, scribes, jetski drivers, boat drivers, data entry folks who made this event happen so
Big things are coming from the CWSA for the 2018 competitive wakesurfing season, so stay tuned!
The 2017 competitive season is coming to an end, but here’s your chance for your voice to be heard!
After a few weeks of nominations, now is your chance to vote for the top nominees for the 2017 CWSA Wakesurf Awards.
Choose carefully, each member gets to vote only once. We know its tough, but your vote counts.
Log into your athlete, associate, or event organzier profile and VOTE today!
Voting will end on Saturday September 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM PDT.
The Awards will be presented at the World Wake Surfing Championship, together with the announcement of the 2017 WRS top riders in each division.
We can’t wait to see who the CWSA members pick as the winners of this year’s awards.
The Competitive Wake Surf Association Team
Nominations are now open for the 2017 CWSA Wakesurfing Awards. All paid CWSA athlete and associate members, event organizers and board members may nomiminate for each award below anytime between now and midnight EDT (GMT -5:00) September 1, 2017. Check out the description of each award here, and then log into your athlete or associate member profile and nominate your favorites. Paid CWSA members may submit the nomination form ONCE, so chose carefully. Before you nominate, you can check out a description of each award here.
Voting for the winners for each award from the top nominees will begin September 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm noon EDT (GMT -5:00) and will end for all awards except Event of the Year at 12:00 pm noon on September 15, 2017. Each paid CWSA member will have one vote for each award to determine the 2017 CWSA Wakesurfing Award winners. Voting on the Event of the Year Award will end on September 23, 2017 at 12:00 noon EDT (GMT -5:00). The Legend Award winner will be determined by the CWSA Board of Directors based on the nominations made by the CWSA membership.
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.