Second annual wakesurfing competition brings the world to Lake Koocanusa next month

The second annual Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge will be held at Lake Koocanusa August 9 to 11.

  • Jul. 26, 2013 7:00 a.m.
Last year's event was the first ever at Lake Koocanusa.

Last year's event was the first ever at Lake Koocanusa.

The second annual Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge will be held at Lake Koocanusa August 9 to 11.

This is one of only two national qualifiers for the World Series of Wake Surfing and will see the world’s best wakesurfers demonstrating their skills.

Along with the competition there will be numerous events, demos and activities for competitors, their guests and the general public to get involved.

The Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge gives riders an opportunity to compete and qualify for the premier wakesurfing event in the world: the Centurion World Wake Surfing Championship in Parker, Arizona, September 27 to 29. While top competitors from across North America and the world (UK and Russia) are returning or have already signed up to take part, this BC Rockies competition was established to enable local western Canadian riders who would not normally have such an opportunity to compete and possibly win themselves a place at the Worlds.

The Rocky Mountain Wakesurfing Association wants everyone to know that the competition is open to all skill levels—if you can drop the rope, you can enter, so come have fun on the water! Along with a pro division there will be amateur, junior and master categories for both men and women.

As a fundraiser for the event, H2O School will be hosting a camp with a highly-acclaimed pro-wakesurfing coach immediately before the competition. Join pro rider and world champion Keenan Flegel for his camps August 7 and 8. Seventeen year old Keenan hails from Florida and is taking the wakesurfing world by storm! In addition to winning first in Men’s Pro Surf at the 2012 World Series Wakesurfing Championship in Arizona, he took home first place in every Skim style event he entered across North America including the 2012 USA Wakesurf Nationals in June 2012 and our own KWC event. He has been World Champion twice so far (2012 Pro Men Surf & 2010 Pro Men Skim.) Anyone interested in taking part in a camp, or checking out the action as a spectator can visit rmwa.ca for full event details.