2022 WSWC GROM GIRL’S WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR – AYDEN SWAN

Congratulations to Ontario’s Ayden Swan @ayden_swan, Wake Canada’s Grom Girl’s Wake Park Rider Of The Year (2022)!

Ayden grabbed the Super Grom Girls (age 10-13) title at the Wake Park Nationals and first in Grom Girls at the Wake Park Provincials in 2022.

Ayden rides out of @planetbayou and @therailyard.ca wake parks with coaching from some of Canada’s best including @lesliesparkes@brennangrange@sydneymchugh and @jordanshapes. She also looks to @danikbrown@katherineshirriff and @copycatsclub / @sinafux as inspirational influences.

Ayden’s current goals for her wakeboarding progression are Tantrums, 540s and improving her Front Boards. She loves to ride in the summer with @sisterhoodsessions and her @womenofwake.wow friends!

In the winter Ayden is an up-and-coming snowboarder competing in Ontario slopestyle park events and training at @mtstlouismoonstone. She took 1st place in Women’s Slopestyle at the Provincials and is a member of the Ontario Snowboard Team.

Look for Ayden stepping up her game at this summer’s @wakeontario Series and the 2023 Wake Park Nationals. – Steve Jarrett

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2022 WSWC GROM BOY’S WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR – CONNOR GILBERT

Congratulations to Canadian Development Team rider Connor Gilbert @connor_a_gilbert, Wake Canada’s Grom Boy’s Wake Park Rider Of The Year (2022)!

Connor grabbed the Junior Boys title at both the Canadian National and the Ontario Provincial Wake Park Championships in 2022. He also snagged first in Amateur Wakeskate at the Provincials.

Connor rides out of @bluestonewakepark with coaching from some of Canada’s best including @liam_brearley and @andyokegb. He also frequents @planetbayou and @therailyard.ca wake parks.

In the winter Connor is an up-and-coming snowboarder competing in Ontario park and slopestyle events, training at @mtstlouismoonstone and @beavervalley.snowparks. He took 3rd in Junior (13 & Under) at the 2022 Slopestyle Provincials.

When he’s not busy boarding Connor enjoys painting, illustrating and playing the piano.

Look for Connor stepping up his game at this summer’s @wakeontario Series and Wake Park Nationals. – Steve Jarrett

Connor is sponsored by @boardinghouse.ca.

Content Credit: @jessejarrett_ #planetbayou  @brennangrange #bluestonewakepark

2022 WSWC WOMEN’S WAKESURF RIDER OF THE YEAR – BAILEY RUSH

Congratulations to Canadian Elite Team rider Bailey Rush @baileyrushsurf, Wake Canada’s Women’s Wakesurfer Of The Year (2022)!

The talented 23 year old Gull Lake, Alberta based athlete is among the world’s best in both “surf” and “skim” style wakesurfing! In 2022 Bailey took 2nd in Women’s Pro Surf and 5th in Women’s Pro Skim at the @Centurionboats Wakesurf World Championship. At the 2022 Canadian Nationals, Bailey scored 1st in Pro Surf and 2nd in Pro Skim.

For 2023 Bailey plans to attend a selection of the top pro wakesurf contests, as well as the World Championships. In the summer months, when she’s not training and competing, Bailey coaches at her Gull Lake, Alberta wakesurf school @wakesurfalberta.

Also an accomplished figure skater, Bailey just recently completed her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Kinesiology degrees at the University of Alberta. – Caro Villeneuve

Bailey is sponsored by @phase5wakesurfers

2022 WSWC MEN’S WAKESURF RIDER OF THE YEAR – RYDER DUCZEK

Congratulations to Canadian Elite Team rider Ryder Duczek @ryder.duczek, Wake Canada’s Men’s Wakesurfer Of The Year (2022)!

Ryder has been collecting titles since he was in the Junior division: 2017 Junior World Champ, 2018 Amateur World Vice-Champ and 2020 Outlaw World Champ. Ryder has been progressing exponentially over the past six years, and now competes as one of Canada’s top pro wakesurfers in “skim” style.

The 18 year old, Cranbrook, BC athlete is the 2022 Men’s Pro Canadian Wakesurf Champion, his third consecutive national pro title. Ryder also took gold in wakesurf and wakeskate at the 2022 BC Summer Games.

Ryder surfs and trains with his younger brother @dagenduczek, a member of the Canadian Development Team. Influential coaches that have helped Ryder include @carowakesurf and @isaac_hockley. During the winter Ryder plays Tier 2 Rep hockey. – Caro Villeneuve

Ryder is sponsored by @phase5wakesurfers and @swsmarinegroup

2022 WSWC WOMEN’S WAKE BOAT RIDER OF THE YEAR – CALLIE ZELLENRATH

Congratulations to Canadian Elite Team rider Callie Zellenrath @callie.zellenrath, Wake Canada’s Women Wakeboard Boat Rider Of The Year (2022)!

The 17 year Toronto-Muskoka, Ontario based athlete is the 2022 Open Women’s Wakeboard Boat National Champion and was a semi-finalist at the 2022 Pan American Wakeboard Boat Championship in Brazil, winning Canada it’s women’s “country spot” for this November’s Pan Am Games.

Callie is also an accomplished wake park rider scoring second in Open Women at the 2022 Wake Park Nationals and 4th in 2021. She has progressed through the Wake Canada Development Team program since 2019, the year she took 1st in Wake Park and 6th in Wake Boat at the @thewwa Worlds, Girls 13 & Under.

Combining a determined focus and strong work ethic with a fun-loving approach to riding, Callie trains in the summers with coach @daryznebel and more recently @erikalangman. For 2023 Callie has her sights set on the opportunity to represent Canada at Pan Am Games in Chile. – Steve Jarrett

2022 WSWC MEN’S WAKE BOAT RIDER OF THE YEAR – HUNTER SMITH

Congratulations to 21 year old pro wakeboarder and Canadian Elite Team rider Hunter Smith @wake_hunter , Wake Canada’s Wakeboard Boat Rider Of The Year (2022)!

The North Vancouver, BC native has grown up through the ranks of Wake Canada and Wake BC events winning his first national title at age 9. His twin brother @jordansmith.wake finished 3rd that same year.

With a healthy sibling rivalry and active wake family support from parents Rick and Wendy, Hunter won several more age group titles as he progressed. He qualified for the National Development Team in 2017 and then the Elite Team in 2021 when he finished 10th in Men’s Pro at @thewwa World Championship.

Most recently Hunter scored first in Men’s 1 at the 2023 @malibuboats Rider Experience USA South in Alabama and 3rd at Wake The Canyon in Texas.

While Hunter has been focused on climbing the Boat rider ranks in recent years, he’s is also a talented Wake Park rider. When he’s not training and competing around the world, Hunter has also been developing his coaching resume sharing his passion and skills with the next gen of the @wakebc Wakeboard Team the past years. – Steve Jarrett

Hunter is sponsored by @ripcurl_canada @ronixwakeboards @boardroomshop and @cove_watersports.

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2022 WSWC WOMEN’S WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR – COTI SCAGLIA

Congratulations to pro wakeboarder and Canadian Elite Team rider Coti Scaglia @cotiscaglia, Wake Canada’s Women’s Wake Park Rider Of The Year (2022)!

A pioneer of women’s street and park riding, Coti has enjoyed feature film parts in the @spacemob.tv’s trilogy of Coalition Movies and 2022’s Coalition 9 film, as well as the past two Canadian @outhousewake Films, all the while competing internationally for Canada.

The past Canadian Wake Park Champion (2021) and @thewwa World Wake Park #3 (2020), represented Canada at last year’s #RedBullWakeTheCity in Italy and @valdostawakecompound “VWC Yardsale IV” in the USA where she was a finalist in both events.

Noted for her fearless combination of style and technical riding, Coti is also a member of the international @copycatsclub wake crew pushing women’s riding globally. She has been showcased in Copycats Club Magazine dedicated to women’s wake.

Coti is sponsored by @slingshotwake and is featured in the current Slingshot ads for the new Copycat Women’s pro model board and bindings.

When she’s not competing internationally, Coti can be found riding with her partner @daryznebel in Muskoka, Ontario. – Steve Jarrett

Video: @brennangrange @planetbayou

2022 WSWC MEN’S WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR – DARY ZNEBEL

Congratulations to pro wakeboarder, Elite National Team rider and 6 x Canadian Champion, Dary Znebel @daryznebel , Wake Canada’s Men’s Wake Park Rider Of The Year (2022)!

A stylish innovator in creative park and street riding, Dary has filmed some of the most acclaimed wake movie parts of recent years including in the Canadian @outhousewake Film Series and the ender in @spacemob.tv’s iconic “The Coalition – The Movie – The Trilogy”. In 2022 Dary held down the feature part in the “Coalition 9” short film.

On the 2022 competition scene, Dary won the Best Overall Male Rider at the prestigious @valdostawakecompound “VWC Yardsale IV” international pro contest as voted by a consensus of the world’s best wake park riders competing there!

@obrienwatersports has recognized Dary’s achievements with the creation of the “DZ” pro model board, their wake park best seller in 2022!

While this award is for Wake Park Rider, it’s worth noting that Dary is that rare breed of wake athlete who is a triple threat across park, boat and wakeskate! He was the top Canadian and finalist at the 2022 Pan Am Wake Boat Championship in Brazil, winning Canada its “country spot” for the upcoming Pan Am Games Men’s Wakeboard (November 2023). Dary took 4th in Pro Wakeskate at the 2020 Wake Park Worlds.

Off the water Dary gives back to the sport as Wake Canada National Wakeboard Team Coach contributing countless volunteer hours. Dary also puts in time judging at the local, national and world level as one of Canada’s highest certified wake officials. In his spare time during the summer Dary runs his own private wake sports coaching program in Muskoka, Ontario. – Steve Jarrett

Video: @brennangrange @planetbayou

2022 WSWC FEMALE JUNIOR WATER SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography 

Canada’s Golden Girls of water skiing selected as 2022 WSWC Female Junior Water Ski Athlete of the Year! 

Nellie Allard (QC), Megan Pelkey (AB), and Hannah Stopnicki (QC) have earned this award due to all their hard work on and off the water. Each skier earned a gold medal at the 2022 U17 World Water Ski Championships in Santiago, Chile. Nellie won U17 Girls Jump, Hannah won U17 Girls Trick and Megan won U17 Girls Overall. All three skiers were part of Team Canada at the U17 World Championships and helped bring home the silver team medal. 

Read below for more information on each skier. 


Quebec’s Nellie Allard had an exceptional 2022 season with many medals to go along with it. To start off the year, Nellie qualified for the Jr. Masters in Overall at the first qualifying series event. At the Jr. Masters, Nellie placed 2nd in Jump and was crowned Jr. Masters Champion in Overall. 

At the Canadian Nationals in Edmonton, AB, Nellie came home with six medals, competing in the U17 age division as well as keeping her own in the Open division. She became National Champion in U17 Girls Jump and Slalom as well as in Open Women Overall. Nellie also placed 2nd in U17 Girls Trick and Overall and came 3rd in Open Women Jump. 

Nellie finished the 2022 season at the U17 World Championships in Santiago, Chile. There, she became Jr. World Champion in Jump with a personal best distance in the finals of 41.2m. 

Nellie also started University in the fall of 2022, attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she can pursue an education and continue water skiing.

Nellie Allard Jump Skis during the finals at the 2022 U17 World Water Ski Championships in Santiago, Chile. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.


Alberta’s Megan Pelkey had a remarkable 2022 season on the water, earning multiple medals at events throughout the year. Megan’s year started off with qualifying for the Jr. Masters during the Masters Qualifying series. During the summer, Megan competed in the Jr. Canadian Open and won U17 Girls Slalom, Trick and Overall. In August, Megan competed in U17 Girls and Open Women at the Canadian Nationals in Edmonton, AB.  Megan placed 1st in U17 Girls Trick and Overall, 2nd in U17 Girls Slalom and Open Women Overall, and 3rd in U17 Girls Jump and Open Women Trick. 

At international events, Megan competed at the 2022 PanAm Championships held in Santiago, Chile in November – December and the 2022 U17 World Championships also held in Santiago, Chile in January 2023. Megan earned two silver medals in U17 Girls Jump and Trick at the 

PanAm Championships and became PanAm Champion in U17 Girls Overall. At the U17 World Championships, Megan placed 3rd in Trick and was crowned U17 World Champion in Overall. 

Megan Pelkey Slalom Skis at the 2022 U17 World Water Ski Championships in Santiago, Chile. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.


Montreal’s Hannah Stopnicki had a great season on the water, starting with qualifying for the Jr. Masters in May. During the

 summer, Hannah competed at the Jr. Canadian Open and placed 3rd in U17 Girls Slalom and Trick. At the Canadian Nationals in Edmonton, AB, Hannah placed 3rd in U17 Girls Slalom.

To end the 2022 season, Hannah won two gold medals in international competition. Hannah won the PanAm Championships in U17 Girls Trick and then went on to become U17 World Trick Champion with a personal best score of 6680 points. 

These junior skiers have a bright future ahead and we can’t wait to see what they do next!

Hannah Stopnicki Trick Skis during the Finals at the U17 World Water Ski Championships in Santiago, Chile. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

2022 WSWC MALE JUNIOR WATER SKI ATHELTE OF THE YEAR

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography 

Congratulations to Charlie Ross, the 2022 WSWC Male Junior Water Ski Athlete of the Year! 

Charlie had another exceptional year on the water, breaking his own U17 Men’s Slalom World Record, placing at the Canadian Nationals, and winning the PanAm Championships. 

Charlie started the year by breaking his own U17 Men’s Slalom World Record with a score of 3@10.25m/41off. This also broke the U21 Men’s Slalom World Record. Charlie then went on to become the Jr. Masters Slalom Champion, breaking the Jr. Masters course record with a score of 1@10.25m/41off. Towards the end of the summer, Charlie competed at the Canadian Nationals in Edmonton, AB. At this event he placed 2nd in the Elite Men’s Slalom and 3rd in the Open Men’s Slalom. Charlie was at the top of his game all season, breaking the U17 & U21 Men’s Slalom World Records again in November with a score of 4@10.25m/41off. Charlie finished 2022 with a gold medal in U17 Men’s Slalom at the PanAm Championships. Charlie started and finished the year as ranked number one in the world in U17 Men’s Slalom. 

We look forward to watching you compete in 2023! 

2022 WSWC VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – TANNER CHAMPION

Congratulations to Tanner Champion, 2022 WSWC Volunteer of the Year!

Tanner devotes a significant amount of time supporting competitive water sports in Canada. Tanner is a great official and volunteer for Wake Canada and is committed to the sport. He is a major reason as to why there are wake contests and programs in BC. Although he has a full time job as a firefighter and a baby at home, he still continues to support and grow the sport in Canada.

Tanner always thinks of others and puts the needs of the community before his own. He has an enormous passion for the sport and dedicates his time to ensure events run smoothly. Tanner has also been the head judge at every contest in BC. His commitment for Wake Sports in Canada is unmatched.

2022 WSWC OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR – RON MOORE

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Congratulations, Ron Moore on being named the 2022 WSWC Official of the Year.

Ron Moore has gone above and beyond as an official in 2022. He is part of multiple committees Nationally and Internationally, including being a contributing member of the IWWF Safety Manual. Ron also drove at National and International events throughout the year. This included being the Chief driver at the Canadian Nationals as well as a driver at the Pan Am Championships and the 35+ Worlds.

2022 WSWC COACH OF THE YEAR – DAVID WASSILL

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography 

Congratulations to David Wassill on being named the 2022 WSWC Coach of the Year!

David Wassill is a dedicated and passionate adaptive water ski coach in Canada. He selflessly supports new and accomplished skiers from across the country and caters to each of their needs. From beginner to high performance athletes, Dave takes the time to coach everyone. If there is a question that is asked, he is there to answer or to find the answer. If there is an issue with equipment he finds what is necessary to help the athlete reach their goals.

In recognition of all the great work Dave has done within Canadian adaptive water skiing, Dave was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 2022.

Dave has put an incredible amount of time into growing the adaptive water ski program in Canada and has had amazing success in developing competitive athletes. He is second to none in moving an athlete through the Long Term Athlete Development Model and producing world class competitive athletes. The Adaptive Program in Saskatchewan and other programs across the country have reaped the rewards of this ability. He seeks out potential athletes, plants the seed and helps each athlete grow to their full potential. With his passion, energy and unending commitment to adaptive water skiing, Dave is a great ambassador and builder of the sport.

2022 WSWC FEMALE BAREFOOT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – BECKY MOYNES MEYER

Congratulations to Becky Moynes Meyer on being named 2022 WSWC Female Barefoot Athlete of the Year!

Becky Moynes Meyer of Belleville, ON has been Canada’s top female barefoot water skier for the past decade by dominating the Canadian National Championships. In 2022, Becky continued her reign while raising two daughters with her husband Andrew, running her own physiotherapy clinic, working the family farm and renovating the Meyer home! Becky’s 2022 scores of 12 in slalom, 2400 in tricks and 9.3m in jump landed her 7th Overall in the World on the 2022 World Rankings List.
Becky was recently featured on Toronto’s City News 680 athlete of the week, and is undeniably the WSWC 2022 Female Barefoot Athlete of the Year.

2022 WSWC MALE BAREFOOT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – GORDIE CROTEAU

Congratulations to Gordie Croteau on being named 2022 WSWC Male Barefoot Athlete of the Year!

Gordie Croteau has been a household name of Canadian barefooting for many years.

Despite living in the USA, he has not missed a Canadian Nationals tournament in 20+ years.
Gordie’s most recent accomplishments include placing 2nd overall in Open Men’s at the 2022 Canadian Barefoot Nationals, and his Gold Medal and World Record performance at the 2022 World Masters Barefoot Championships in San Marcos, TX. While nursing an injured shoulder, Gordie exercised exceptional strategy to ski to his current strengths and abilities and win the Gold medal in the jump event. His distance became the New World Record for his division. Gordie’s strategy and team work also helped lead Team Canada to the Bronze Medal in Team Overall.

Congratulations to Gordie Croteau on being named Male Barefoot Athlete of the Year!