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 MALE JUNIOR WATER SKI ATHELTE OF THE YEAR

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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 FEMALE WATER SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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Congratulations to Neilly Ross, the 2022 WSWC Female Water Ski Athlete of the Year! 

Skiing consistently and strongly throughout the year, Neilly had an exceptional 2022 season earning 11 medals in slalom and trick at major events. 

The 2022 season started off strong with two medals at the 2022 Moomba Masters – a gold in trick and a silver in slalom. She then went on to finish 2nd in trick at the Masters and Botaski ProAm and 3rd in slalom at the Botaski ProAm. In mid-summer, Neilly became the 2022 World Games Trick Champion. At the Canadian Nationals in August, Neilly won both the Elite Trick and Open Trick divisions. Both times she scored over 10,000 points. To cap off a great season, Neilly won three gold medals at the PanAm Championships in Santiago, Chile. She took first place in the U21 Trick, U21 Slalom and Open Trick events. Neilly is also ranked second in the world in Open Women’s Trick.

We look forward to watching Neilly compete in the 2023 season! 

2022 WSWC MALE WATER SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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Congratulations to Ryan Dodd, 2022 WSWC Male Water Ski Athlete of the Year 

In 2022 Ryan continued to be the best jumper in the world. He jumped over 70m five times and never missed the podium at a pro event. Out of six pro events, Ryan won four and placed second in two. 

Ryan started the season in Australia at the Moomba Masters where he placed 1st in Jump. His next event was the Masters where Ryan placed 2nd. Ryan’s second win of the season was in Louisiana when he won jump at the LA Night Jam. In August, Ryan competed at the Canadian Nationals in Edmonton where he won the Elite Jump division. The second half of the season brought three more pro events. Ryan placed 2nd at the California ProAm at the beginning of September. Ryan finished his season strong with two top place finishes. He won the Mastercraft Pro and the Malibu Open to complete his year. Ryan is also ranked number one in the world on the Open Men’s Jump World Ranking List. 

The 2022 season was great for Ryan and we cannot wait to see what 2023 has in store!

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

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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

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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!