An 18-year-old Cranbrook man has been named Men’s Wakesurfer of the Year (2022) by Wake Canada.

Canadian Elite Team rider Ryder Duczek (@ryder.duczek) has been collecting titles since he was in the junior division: 2017 Junior World Champ, 2018 Amateur World Vice-Champ and 2020 Outlaw World Champ. 

Ryder has been progressing exponentially over the past six years, and now competes as one of Canada’s top pro wakesurfers in “skim” style.

The young athlete is the 2022 Men’s Pro Canadian Wakesurf Champion – his third consecutive national pro title. He also took gold in wakesurf and wakeskate at the 2022 BC Summer Games.

Ryder surfs and trains with his younger brother Dagen, who took silver in Men’s Pro at Canadian Nationals.