Canadian National Wakeboard Championships presented by Nautique Boats took place this past week at Valley Wake Park in Abbotsford British Columbia. We had riders from all across Canada come out and throw down in hopes of becoming the National Champion.
Two brand new Nautique G23’s from Wizard Lake Marine were the official tow boats for the contest. The BC riders showed it was home field advantage with strong finishes in the amateur divisions. Mackayla Petrie was a standout rider with a clean sweep over all Jr. Women’s and Open Women’s podium.
Lots of up and coming groms were definitely pushing the overall progression in the Jr Boys, Jr Girls, Girls, Boys and Jr Men & women divisions. The largest male & female divisions of the event were the Jr Men & Women, with Mackayla Petrie on Ontario leading the pack, followed closely by Svannah McNicoll and Hannah Doucette for the ladies. Colden Thompson of BC took the win in the Jr Men’s division, with Cody Wahl and Sage Daymon rounding out the podium. In the grom divisions Dagan Doucette, Sam Jenson, Zakk Harmon and Emily Myers took the win respectively.
Men’s 1 and Men’s 2 were the divisions to watch with heavy hitters throwing down. Men’s 1 was a close finish, but local BC boy Keaton Roper took top spot with that west coast style. Dylan Miller showed up to compete in Men’s 2 after an almost 6 year hiatus, joined by Dusty O’Farrell, Nick Dorsey, Daniel Dyck and Drew Kennedy. Dusty O’Farrell climbed to the top followed by Nick Dorsey and Daniel Dyck. Our host for the week, James Balzer, took home his 10th National title in a row for Open Wakeskate.
Open’s Men was the main show for Sunday. With 22 qualifiers including Chad Sharpe, Christian Primrose, Robbie McMillin and last year’s champion Dary Znebel it was a no holds bar and everyone threw down with massive stylish tricks into the flats and more 7’s that we could count. At the end of the day Christian Primrose reclaimed his 2013 title followed by Men’s 1 champion, Keaton Roper and Men’s 2 victor, Dustin O’Farrell.
The Straighline National Championship was a true style contest. A new addition of Jr. Pro Men allowed us to showcase the generation of cable riders. Saskatchewan’s Sage Dayman reigned king followed by Mason Shadlock and Connor MacNeill. Dusty O’Farrell, Nick Dorsey and Dylan Miller respectively walked away with the podium positions in the Open Division, and Tanner Champion took the top spot for Pro Wakeskate.
Special thanks goes out to James and Candice Balzer for being the ultimate in hosts. Stay tuned for the announcement for the 2017 National Championships.
A big shout out to our event partners for the support: Nautique, Wizard Lake Marine, Rip Curl, Liquid Force, Sandbox, Ronix, O’Neill, Premium Label Outlets, Toursim Abbotsford, Cove Watersports, One Boardshop, Hesh Backs, My Pkg, and GVP.