Koocanusa to host wakesurfing competition

Back for the second annual edition, the Koocausa Wakesurfing Challenge will feature local and international pro-level talent.

Keenan Flegel in action during a run on the course at the Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge last year.

Keenan Flegel in action during a run on the course at the Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge last year.

The Rocky Mountain Wakesurfing Association is once again hosting the second annual Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge next weekend (Aug. 9-11) out at Lake Koocanusa.

The event is one of two national qualifiers for the World Series of Wake Surfing, and will feature world-class athletes demonstrating their skills behind a Centurion Enzo 244 watersports boat.

The KWC is an opportunity for riders to compete and qualify for the World Wake Surfing Championship in Arizona in September. Though athletes from across North American and Europe have already signed up to the world championship event, the KWC, which was established last year, gives local Western Canadian riders a chance to win a spot and book a ticket to Arizona.

The KWC is open to anybody at all skill levels—if you can drop a rope, you can enter, and there will be divisions ranging from pro, amateur, junior and master in both male and female categories.

As a fundraiser for the event, H20 School is hosting a camp that features highly-acclaimed wake surfer Keegan Fleegel as an instructor this weekend (Aug 7-9).

Fleegel, who hails from Florida, is a teenager, yet he has taken the wake surfing world by storm, twice capturing the title of World Champion in 2010 and 2012.

Sunshine Houseboats in Gold Bay will act as a base of operations for the camp and the event, and RMWA president Caroline Villeneuve encourages spectators to come out and check out the competition.

Spectators are welcome to come by car—parking is limited—or by boat on the water, and a live MC and food and retail vendors will be onsite to add to a festival atmosphere.

Further information about the wake surfing camp and the competition is available by visiting www.rmwa.ca or emailing Villeneuve at info@rmwa.ca.


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