“Absolutely insane” can only describe the atmosphere at the fabulous Beach Club in Montreal, Canada, where over two thousand spectators were on hand for WakeFest, the third stop of the North American Cable Wakeboard Tour and the first ever Canadian Cable Wakeboard National Championship, complete with awesome riding, a Double-Up contest, beach party, bands, DJs, and the Miss Reef Brazil bikini contest.
With its first stop ever in Canada, the Tour was well received by Canadian fans who saw wakeboarding brought to a new level. An incredible group of hospitable Canadians pulled out all the stops to create an unparalleled event, continuing the expansion of competitive cable wakeboarding and wakeskating throughout North America.
Donald Shelbrick continued his best year ever, capturing yet another Open Men title despite a formidable crowd of both Canadian and American riders. Keith Lidberg finished a close second, while Nick Vidulich landed his first career podium finish at third.
Jillian Moss finished the best Tour stop of her career, landing first place in both the Wakeskate Women and Open Women divisions. Canadians Stef Tor and Audrey Guillermette took second and third in Womens Wakeskate, while Magalie Dubois and Catie Bialick took second and third in Open Women.
The Canadians completely swept the Mens Wakeskate division, as Yann Roy captured the first Wakeskate title of his career on the Tour, while Phil Joyal finished second, and Daniel Mavre finishing third. Jeff Pollack continued his winning streak by capturing the top spot in Junior Men, with Sascha Peschl and Pierre-Nicolas Lessard taking second and third, respectively. The Men’s division first place honors went to Erick Toupin, with Marc Poirier and Pierre-Luc Rivest finishing second and third, while the Masters division saw David Cornwall taking first place, with J.F. Goslin finishing second, and Bodo Mueller of Germany finishing third.
With awesome runs in both wakeboarding and wakeskating, Daniel Mavre was crowned Canada’s first ever Cable Wakeboard National Champion, and will be sent to Australia to represent Canada in the World Cable Wakeboard Championships to be held in Brisbane in October, compliments of U Project.
With the cable lake large enough for boat riding as well, spectators were also treated to a special Double-Up contest sponsored by S.G. Marine of Montreal, with special thanks to J.F. Goslin. Canadian Chad Sharpe threw down a huge KGB and 720 to earn him the top spot and a check for $3000, while Keith Lidberg and Danny Ledoux finished second and third, respectively.
The North American Cable Wakeboard Tour would like to thank all of our Sponsors for their generous support of WakeFest, including the Beach Club, Coors Light, Snapple, Coca-Cola, Oakley, O’Neill, Rip Curl, Third Rail, Split, Freestyle, WakeBoard magazine/SBC Media, 69 Surfwear, Gotcha, Mountain Dew, Perrier, Rev, Montclair, Hype Energy Drink, Pepsi, Hyperlite, Grand Marnier, Lifestyles Condoms, Le Vieux Four, Appleton Rhum Jamaica, Langevin Suzuki, Bacardi, Greenhouse Productions, Billabong, Reef, and MC Anthony.