About Wake Canada
Dedicated to advancing the growth and progression of wake sports: Wakeboard, Wakeskate, Wake Park and Wakesurf, while staying true to its board sports culture, “Wake Canada” is the national non-profit, rider-driven, body for wake sports operating as a wake sports council of WSWC.
Wake Canada operates in a strategic “towed watersports” partnership with WSWC and affiliated provincial sports organizations as well as the WWA (World Wake Sports Association) and the IWWF (International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation).
Wake Canada was created in 2010 by volunteer wake sports enthusiasts with the moto of “for riders, by riders” under the umbrella of Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada – “WSWC”, as a wake-specific entity to grow and guide the development of wake sports in Canada while staying true to its board sports culture (alongside surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding) AND to advocate on behalf of the wake sports community for an equitable share of Sport Canada government funding provided to WSWC. While most provinces share their sport funding equally between wake sports and water ski, WSWC currently allocates only a small fraction of their funding and staff support to Wake Canada compared to Water Ski Canada. (See “Wake Canada Funding” below).
Wake Canada’s specific objectives are to support, guide and administer everything wake – – wakeboard boat, wake park, wakesurf, wake park (cable), adaptive wake and wake foil – – from National Championships to the National Team programs AS WELL as promotion and support of wake schools, parks, coaching, shops, grassroots growth, women’s participation, adaptive riding. Wake Canada fundraises for all of the above through government sports funding programs AND sponsorship partnerships both within and outside the wake industry!
During the past decade Wake Canada has operated as a National Committee comprised of a who’s who of Canada’s most experienced and respected wake experts, from top riders through to leading school/park operators to top industry experts interested to volunteer their time to give back to support the sport and its culture.
The Wake Canada National Committee aka “Wake Sports Council” by WSWC, is currently comprised of the following 9 appointed volunteers:
Sean Fleming (ON) – Co-Chair
Sean is a past international pro wakeboarder, national champion, wake event commentator and producer. He played a pioneering, leadership role in the development of Wake Canada and served as Wake Canada’s rep on the WSWC Board from 2010-2016, a position he re-volunteered for again last month. Sean was named WSWC Volunteer of The Year in 2016. Sean’s two young sons just tried wakeboarding and snowboarding for their first time this year. Sean works in real estate development and finance.
Steve Jarrett (ON) – Co-Chair
Founder of SBC Media Group (Canada’s snowboard, skateboard, surf, wakeboard magazines), as well as Wakestock World Series (the world’s largest wake sports event 1998-2016), Steve has produced numerous international wakeboard, snowboard, skateboard and windsurf events. Steve is a past national and Olympic windsurfing team athlete. Steve served as the Wake Canada rep on the WSWC Board from 2016-2020. Steve also currently co-chairs the Ontario Wake Series. Steve’s son and daughter are active wake, snow, board sports enthusiasts. His son is ranked among the best in Canada and world in wakeboard.
Rick is the longstanding Wake Rep on the Board of Water Ski & Wakeboard BC and plays the lead organizational role for the BC Wake Series. Two of Rick’s three sons are active wake enthusiasts who are ranked among the best in Canada and the world. Rick runs a major event supply company that has worked on some of the largest scale event productions in the sports and corporate markets including Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Isaac Hockley (BC/AB)
Isaac is one of Canada’s top wakesurfers, although these days he prefers to compete for fun. Isaac has taken the lead organizational role with production of the Wakesurf Nationals for the past four years as well as a lead volunteer for the Alberta Wake Tour. Isaac also played a key role in the organization of the 2016 World Wakesurf Championship in Kelowna, BC. Isaac’s wife Gabby is ranked among the best in Canada and the world. In his spare time, Isaac is a Real Estate Broker in Cranbrook, BC.
Erika Langman (ON)
Erika is Canada most decorated female wakeboarder, who most recently represented Canada for he debut of Women’s Wakeboarding at the 2019 Pan Am Games (4th place finish). A pioneering advocate of Women’s wake sports, Erika is also the founder of the very successful Roots Wakeboard Tour in Ontario that paved the way for the current Ontario Wake Series. Erika has also played a lead organizational role in the Wake Canada National Championships for both Wakeboard Boat and Wake Park for the past several years. In her spare time Erika is Events Manager at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, Ontario.
Michela Phillips (BC)
A multiple National Wake Park Champion and member of the Wake Canada National team, Michela is one of the country’s of most accomplished wake park riders, ranked among the top in the world. Michela retired following her National Championship Wake Park title wins in 2019 (Full Cable & Straightline Cable). Michela is active with her brother Liam’s Vancouver area wake sports school, Cove Water Sports.
Todd Spalding (ON)
Although Todd grew up in the wakeboard and snowboard industry, active in retail and wholesale, these days he has his hands full managing his Insurance Brokerage business and family of three hyper-active teenage snowboard and wakeboard enthusiasts, two of whom are members of the Ontario Snowboard Team and one a member of the National Snowboard Team. Yes, they are also ranked among the best wakeboarders in Canada and the world! Todd is the Wake rep on the Board of Water Ski & Wakeboard Ontario and co-chairs the Ontario Wake Series. He’s also a perennial Masters podium finisher in National Wake Park events!
Oli Derome (QC)
One of Canada’s most decorated wakeboard boat and wake park pro riders, ranked among the very best in the world, Oli is the quintessential wake sports ambassador. He is not only one of the best riders on the planet, he is also a top international wake event judge, operates a Wake School, the Derome Wake Academy, and is the North American sales rep for Follow Wake. Oli has been at the forefront of wake sports development for the better part of his life. In his spare time, he volunteers as a Wake Canada National Development Team coach.
Dary Znebel (ON)
Dary is an acclaimed wake sports pro, famous for his progressive freeriding in wake films and wake parks. He currently has his own pro model with O’Brien Wakeboards. Dary is also a multiple Canadian Champion in Wake Park and Wakeboard Boat. When he’s not pushing the sport with NBD freeriding, Dary operates his own wake school in Muskoka, Ontario and in his spare time, volunteers as a Wake Canada National team coach.
WAKE CANADA – – CURRENT PROGRAMS, INITIATIVES, SUCCESSES
Wake Canada National Team:
The Wake Canada National Committee’s volunteers select, administer, support and promote the Wake Canada National Team.
The National team is comprised of 32 riders who rank among the world’s best across Wake Park, Wakeskate, Wakesurf and Wakeboard Boat. There are 15 Elite (Senior) Team members and 17 Development Team members, including athletes from Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and BC. Click here for the complete list of Wake Canada National Team riders.
In 2019 the National Canada National Team achieved 24 World Championship podiums across multiple age categories, including pro (highest level)!
Wake Canada also coordinates annual National Development Team Training Camps, typically in conjunction with it’s provincial wake counterparts.
Wake Canada National Championship Series:
The Wake Canada National Committee’s volunteers organizes and produces 4 separate, annual wake sports nationals championships: (1) Wakeboard & Wakeskate Boat Nationals; (2) Wakesurf Nationals; (3) Wake Park Full Cable Nationals; and (4) Wake park Straightline Cable Nationals.
Each of the Nationals rotates every 2-3 years around the country and is typically run in collaboration with a host Provincial Wake Org. Collectively the 4 national championships comprise the Wake Canada National Championship Series, which have been titled sponsored and supported by Nautique Boats for the past several years.
In 2020, the Wake Canada National Series was limited to 3 regionalized events, supported by Nautique Boats and Yanmar Marine.
Wake Canada International Events Initiatives
Wake Canada has supported the hosting of several prestigious international events in Canada during the past four years, including: 2016 WWA World Wakeboard Championship (Toronto); 2017 CWSA Wakesurf World Championship (Kelowna); 2017 WWA World Wakeboard Championship (Toronto); 2019 & 2020 Toronto Indoor Wakeboard World Series. Canadian riders achieved multiple podiums and international recognition at all of the events!
Wake Canada Judgement Video Contest
Recognizing that filming and video content is a big part of wake / board sports culture, Wake Canada created the “Judgement Video Contest” in 2014, sponsored by Rip Curl, to provide a platform to support Canada’s best as well as up-and-coming riders. In 2017 the “The Judgement” garnered the highest number of views for the year on Alliance Wake, one of the world’s leading wake media websites. Some of Canada’s biggest global wake pros have been part of the Judgement over the years, including Raph Derome, Dylan Miller, Ben Leclair, Dustin O’Ferrall, Nick Dorsey, Erika Langman and Dary Znebel. The “Judgement” will adapt to an Instagram format for 2021.
@Wake Canada News via Social Media:
Wake Canada is the leading source of current wake sports news with daily / weekly updates @wakecanada on Instagram (3700 followers) and Facebook.
Wake Canada Schools List:
Wake Canada compiles, updates and promotes a complete list of Canada Wake Schools and Parks, now numbering over 100. Click here for the 2020 Wake Schools/Parks list.
Wake Parks Development:
Wake Canada advocates for and assists with Wake Park development across Canada and contributes to Wake Park Practices with Water Sports Industry Association.
Pass The Handle Day:
Wake Canada annually promotes grassroots participation of wake sports in conjunction with wake schools across the country for “Pass The Handle Day” every July.
Board Shop Day:
Wake Canada supports and promotes local wake sports / board sports shops in conjunction with International Board Shop Day every September.
Water Ways Access Advocacy:
Wake Canada works with the Water Sports Industry Association in support of Water Ways access for wake sports.
WAKE CANADA FUNDING
Despite the continued growth of wake sports across Canada and around the world, and wake sports’ dominate share of the tow water sports market, WSWC allocates to Wake Canada only a small fraction of their Sport Canada and other funding, including minimal staff support.
For the past decade, Wake Canada’s share of funding has ranged between $30,000-$40,000 annually, compared to $240,000+ for Water Ski Canada.
Wake Canada National Team athletes, despite several being ranked among the best in the world, do not received any share of the $280,000 in Athlete Assistance Program funding currently provided exclusively to Water Ski Canada National Team athletes.
As a result, Wake Canada National team athletes self-fund the majority of their training, coaching and participation in international competition to represent Canada.
And Wake Canada programs, including National Teams, National Championships Series events and grow-the-sport initiatives are primarily volunteer run by the Wake Canada National Committee members.
As a result Wake Canada Sport continues to work towards achieving “sport equity” in funding support for wake sports in Canada!
Wake Canada continues to enjoy sponsorship support of Nautique Boats as the longstanding title sponsor of it’s Wakesurf Nationals and National Championship Series in conjunction with Nautique dealers Wizard Lake Marine (Western Canada) and Pride Marine Group (Ontario). This year, Yanmar Marine joined as a presenting sponsor!
Wake Canada also continues to enjoy the support of Rip Curl Canada. This year Kanuk Boards joined to support the Wakesurf Nationals! Wake Canada also partners with the Toronto International Boat Show in support of the Toronto Indoor Wakeboard World Series.
Sponsorship and strategic partnerships are an important part of supporting Wake Canada events and programs and engaging the wake community!
Provincial event info and memberships are available through your provincial affiliate associations:
ONTARIO: Ontario Wake / WSWO
BC: Wake BC / WSWBC
QUEBEC: Wake Quebec
Wake Canada / WSWC Administration
WSWC Chief Executive Officer
613.526.0685 Ext 110
Membership in Wake Canada
Membership in Wake Canada is organized through membership in your provincial wake sports association.
• British Columbia
– Rick Smith, WSWBC Wakeboard Director
• Alberta – Jeff Blanchard, WSWA Wakeboard Director
• Saskatchewan –
• Manitoba –
• Quebec –
The Wake Canada is guided by a volunteer National Committee of distinguished and passionate wake sports enthusiasts, coaches, athletes and stakeholders who are committed to advancing the growth and progression of wake sports in Canada for riders by riders.
National Committee Members
Steve Jarrett – Co-Chair
Sean Fleming – Co-Chair
Mike Lieffers – National Team Programs
Jay Poole – National Team Programs
“To grow wake sports and to develop and support its participants through organization, standardization and innovation while remaining true to our culture.”
“A fun-focused, family friendly group activity that promotes a lifestyle of freedom, individuality and creativity.”
“To be the respected leader of wake sports* in Canada.” *Wake sports include: wakeboard, wakeskate, cable wake park and wakesurf.