Riding a wake at the lake

Riders throw down their best tricks at the second annual Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge.

Pro surfer Jimmi Sparling catches some air during his run at the Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge on Saturday afternoon in Gold Bay.

Pro surfer Jimmi Sparling catches some air during his run at the Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge on Saturday afternoon in Gold Bay.

It was a crowded scene in Gold Bay for the the second annual Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge, as spectators came out in droves to check out the wake surfing action.

Riders from all over Western Canada came out to compete in the amateur and outlaw divisions, while the pros, which come from all corners of North America, threw down their best tricks.

Local pro Caroline Villenueve made her presence known in the water with with some solid runs on Saturday afternoon, while Lethbridge’s Brittney Nyrose, who turned pro in 2011, came out to shred the wake.

The competition featured the reigning wakesurfing world champion in Keenan Flegel, who hails from Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Flegel has been at Koocanusa for the last week, and led a wake surfing clinic with Villenueve last weekend.

Check the Daily Townsman/Daily Bulletin for more on the story later this week.