2018 WORLD WAKE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP
What an astonishing weekend of wakesurfing! The best of the best shredders, 122 athletes from North America, Europe and Asia converged on Pineview Reservoir near Park City Utah for Centurion Boats’ 23rd annual World Wake Surf Championship.
Each of the athletes at this exclusive world stage earned that invitation by fighting for a top CWSA WRS ranking against over 1,000 wakesurfing athletes from around the world, in several of 30 World Series of Wake Surfing and WRS Qualified events worldwide.
This 3 day World Championship was intense and with over 265 competition runs, riders in the 17 divisions battled it out to claim coveted World titles.
Thursday’s heats saw 16 Amateur, Masters and Junior riders and 16 Pro and Outlaw skim riders advance to the Saturday final. All Outlaws and Pros who did not qualify for finals were setup for Friday’s CWSA's innovative Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) format to fill the final skim spots in Finals.
Day 2 was furious with surf heats in the morning where another 12 Amateur and Masters athletes advanced to the Saturday Final in surf, and another 16 Pro and Outlaw riders advanced to the Final in surf.
Friday afternoon the LCQ’s exploded on the gorgeous waters of Pineview Reservoir. The crowd watched on the various HD TV's positioned around the beach and on the huge Jumbotron where the live feed showcased the last chance for the Outlaw and Pro riders to qualify for Saturday’s Final and the best riding of the 2018 season, bar none. For the Outlaws, one more rider from each LCQ clawed their way into the final, and for the Pros, 2 in each joined the day 1 Final qualifiers.
Saturday’s finals brought out the best of the best, filtered down to the most excellent of the finest. Everyone that fought though the qualifying heats and LCQs to earn a spot in the Finals was ready and it was now or never.
Saturday morning, in perfect conditions, the Amateurs, Masters and Juniors threw down behind the 2019 Centurion Ri237, and gave the onshore and online crowds a preview of the progress and future of the sport, and prepped the crowd for the final show Saturday afternoon.
Saturday afternoon, 20 of the world’s best Outlaws and the 22 top Pro riders busted out their best tricks behind the longest, hardest, biggest and best wave in the industry generated by the World Championship 2019 Centurion Ri257 in Saturday’s Final. 5 shuvs, 5 bigs, surf style switch 3 shuvs and even a sushi roll littered the course and when the dust settled, World champions emerged.
For the Pro Women, Jodi Grassman captured her second consecutive World title in skim, and in a surprise finish, Cassidy Gale became the Women’s Surf World Champion, unseating the 4 time World Champion Ashley Kidd in the hard fought final. Jordan Wolfe picked up the third in surf. The Pro Women’s skim podium was rounded out with past World Champion Caro Villeneuve in second, and rising star Erika Sos in third.
The explosive Men’s Pro skim final saw John Akerman edge out the crown over last year’s World Champion Jake Caster an exciting 1-2 finish, with past World Champion Keenan Flegel in third. For Pro Men’s surf, Connor Burns took his first World Championship, with a tight half point win over the 2018 World Champion Keenan Flegel. Jake Breedlove took the third step for his first ever World Championship podium.
Check out the full event results on the CWSA website.
As always, Centurion Boats delivered the biggest and best wakesurfing event on the globe, on the water and off. The CWSA is honored to support the 2018 World Wake Surfing Championship with our experience proven, time tested judging and scoring systems which insured an exciting competition format with unbiased, fair and informative results!
Congratulations to all athletes who earned an invitation to the 2018 World Wake Surfing Championship, the most prestigious wakesurfing event on the planet!