A young wake surfer from Cranbrook says it felt amazing to take home a world title in his favourite sport.
Ryder Duczek was nearly flawless in his World Championship run last Saturday in Kelowna scoring 111 points to win the Junior Division – nearly 40 points ahead of second place.
He says an entire summer of training is finally paying off.
“I basically grew up with the water and wakeboarding.” says Duczek. “Surfing came and then I started doing it progressively more and then I started doing it basically the whole year this year.”
He says training with his brother Dagen all summer pushed him to be a better rider.
“In wakeboarding we’re always like ‘Yeah, I’m going to do better’ ‘No I am!'” says Duczek. “It’s always back and forth, it’s really funny.”
Koocanusa’s Caroline Villaneuve placed second in the Womens Pro Skim final with 86 points.
While local riders Montanna Rousselle and Cassidy Boehm finished third and fourth in the Junior Division.
– Ryder Duczek, wake surfer
(Pictured above is local wake surfers Ryder Duczek (centre) and Montanna Rousselle (right))