Central Albertan wins wakesurfing championship

  • Oct. 22, 2014 4:49 p.m.

The old saying is what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas but not for Julie Vasselin of Rocky Mountain House.

The 23-year-old wakesurfer has brought home with her the 2014 World Amateur Women’s Wakesurfing Championship title after besting more than a dozen other competitors at the event held on Lake Las Vegas last month.

She admits it was a shock to be crowned the champion at the end of it all because she was the only one in her division who hadn’t won a competition during the year.

“On awards night when they called my name I was surprised. Someone basically had to push me to the podium,” she said.

Vasselin said she was ranked the lowest of the competitors and was slated to go last which concerned her because she doesn’t like watching the other routines.

“I tried to keep my mind off it and I saw everybody else was struggling with the wave so it calmed me down. Everyone was not landing tricks I know they should be.”

So she pulled out the same run she had used in every other competitions and then it was up to the judges.

Vasselin took up the sport of wakesurfing (standing on a specially made board while being pulled by a boat, using the wake as your surfing wave) only three years ago and this was the first year she has competed.

“My goal on the year was just to make it to worlds. It was just fun.”

This caps off the year for the sport as far as competitions go but Vasselin says she hopes to make it down to Florida during the winter in order to train and stay sharp for the season which starts up next March.

The sport may be new to most people but Vasselin says it’s gaining in popularity especially over the past two years.

“I used to go out surfing on Sylvan Lake and I’d be maybe one out of three boats out there and now it seems so many people are switching over to it. I think it might be because it’s a lot less of a impact sport so when you fall over you are only going 11 miles per hour compared to wake boarding you’re going 20 miles an hour.”

It’s another one of those sports where almost anyone can get up behind the boat to just simply ride the wake or do some tricks, she said.

The next world champion is out there somewhere and it could be another Central Albertan.


Just Posted

Local youth invited to check out ‘Peacebuilders’

Initiative aims to promote rights and dignity for all

Local municipalities launch 2A South Regional Transit

Communities of Innisfail, Penhold, and Springbrook now connected by transit thanks to pilot project

Getting your passport has been made easier

Government of Canada doubles number of locations where Canadians can get their passports

Police officer assaulted during traffic stop

Chasetin Morin of Red Deer faces several charges

Live nativity pageant takes place Dec. 18th to 20th

Outdoor pageant takes place in the evening at 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. at 8 Keast Way

Story of the Year: Deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash

The Canadian Press annual survey of newsrooms across the country saw 53 out of 129 editors cast their votes for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to create a U.S. Space Command.

Groups preparing new pipeline legal challenge, argue government’s mind made up

A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if the federal government reapproves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Notorious Toronto triple killer gets third consecutive life sentence

Dellen Millard gets third consecutive life sentence for father’s death.

‘Subdued’ housing market predicted in B.C. through 2021: report

The Central 1 Credit Union report predicts “rising but subdued sales” over the next three years, with little movement in median home prices.

A journey through 2018’s top pop culture moments

Was there any pop culture this year? Of course there was.

‘A stronger Alberta:’ Ottawa announces $1.6B for Canada’s oil and gas sector

Price of Alberta oil plummeted so low that Alberta’s Premier said Canada was practically giving it away

Canadians to get low-cost data-only mobile phone plans within 90 days: CRTC

Bell, Rogers and Telus will provide plans as cheap as 250MB for $15

Four per cent of Canadian women report being sexually harassed in the workplace

One per cent of men report being sexually harassed in the workplace

Most Read