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.