For my first wake2wake.ca feature, I thought it would be cool to share with you a little bit of how I spent this past summer. I really should have kept track of the amount of kilometres I logged over the summer criss-crossing through Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba. Let’s just say that if I was collecting air miles on that shit, I’d be half way to the Philippines right now!
But for real, it was an amazing summer of riding for me. I made the decision long before the season started that I would take every opportunity I had to go somewhere and ride no matter the distance. Sure I was pretty exhausted by the time September had rolled around, but looking back now it was well worth it.
Here are few highlights…
What’s 7.5 hours in a car, right? Well when you have a destination such as my cottage on Ice Chest Lake, the time and distance travelled is forgotten pretty quickly. This was the first summer that my brother, Justin, and I spent apart. And so I made it a point to visit our riding home spot every chance I had. We have a jetski there, and build our own rails every summer. This year we made a sweet 12’ bank rail with a 3.5 feet ollie, and a 20’ up-rail. It goes without saying just how sweet it is to have your own spot where you can hit your own shit on your own time.
Distance travelled: 4,900 km (7 trips)
Destination: Adrenaline Adventures
“Winnipeg? Really!?” Was most people’s reaction when I said I was going to the ‘Peg’ for the WWA Triple Crown Wake Park series and first ever Canadian Wakeboard Cable championships. But it was definitely the highlight of my summer in being able to ride at Canada’s first legit full-size cable park and state of the art wakeboard facility. Best part of the trip was reuniting with all the international riders that I’ve met over the years through my various travels, and of course meeting a whole new crew of people. Also making the trip fun and eventful was traveling alongside Yan Tibo, there’s never a dull moment when that Quebecor is around! Haha. I can’t wait to go back next summer, and I suggest you come check it out as well!
Distance Travelled: 4,150 km
Destination: Beach Club, Trois-Rivières, Victoriaville, St-Zotique
By living in Ottawa, Quebec is essentially my backyard and becomes home away from home in the summer months. Whether it’s kicking it at the Derome’s on the Backyard System, hitting up the Beach Club in Pointe-Calumet, or competing at the Wake Dans Rue rail jam series, the level of riding, positive vibes, and fun to be had is probably the best in the country hands down.
Distance travelled: unknown.
Destination: The Ranch Wake Park
In late August, I hooked up with my buddy Jono Boysen and visited his new wake park just north of Toronto. The Ranch Wake Park is the first Backyard System straight line cable system to be installed outside of Québec. Although I wasn’t there for a long time, it sure was a good time! They have a solid crew holding it down, and it’s really cool knowing that it’s first and foremost a park for riders by riders. After a late wake up, we arrived at the park and Jono says: “What do you want to do? We can do anything.” So with that in mind we jimmied up this huge sort of pole jam off of the kicker and placed a bucket on the end. It was fresh, challenging, and SUPER fun! Thanks boys!!
Distance travelled: 900 km (not to mention I lost the keys to the rental car! HA!)
Travelling and wakeboarding is something that goes hand in hand for me. It helps to keep things fresh and fun. More importantly though, it forces you out of your comfort zone and challenges you to adapt to different settings and conditions; thus, making you a better rider in the long run. Variety is not only the key to life it is the spice of life. So go on, pack that board bag and be on your way already!