05 Oct 2013

Above: Dunford Ryen on his birthday board, a gift from Eve and Scott

Photos and article by Tennille Barber

Wake Surfing – if you haven’t seen before, is… cordless Wakeboarding. The boat is weighted up with about 4000 extra pounds to create a wake that will push the rider along as the boat is driving… surfing with an engine. Although the water is glacier fed, this does not stop those who have the passion to head out on the water for a great afternoon in the sun.

Eve Northmore and Scott Duke


Dunford Ryen in the middle of a 360, scenic Begbie in the background.

Lake Revelstoke is home to many people trying to get out in the glacier runoff, most of them from cottage country out in Ontario, imports who miss the warm water.  Eve Northmore and Scott Duke are the perfect examples of trying to take a little piece of home with them out to Revelstoke.  This summer I was fortunate enough to get out and try some wake surfing in Dunford Ryen’s boat.  Boats are amazing pieces of machinery.  The trip usually begins with some idling around the shore picking people up, the pump running to fill big bags of water that are used as the weight on one side of the boat to create the wake.  A wet suit is recommended for Lake Revelstoke for sure, there are probably 3 weeks where the lake is at a temperature that’s bearable without.

Jump in the water, give the thumbs up to Dunny, and you’re off.  Getting a good stable spot in the wave, inching forward onto the perfect point in the wake slowly by taking in the cord takes patience.  The moment you feel it you throw the cord at the guy on the back of the boat and hope like hell the driver does a good job.  I noticed the easiest times you’re on the wake is when the boat is carving in a huge arc to turn around and stay close to the boat launch, mostly because the boat is a gas hog.

This boat cements a smile into my face the entire time he’s got his foot on the pedal.

After hearing so much about bindingless riding in Revelstoke, being exposed to wake surfing kind of reminds me of the same forward moving trend.  No bindings.  No cords.  Is wake surfing Ontario’s version of forward thinking in a sport that’s been around forever, just like noboarding is the snowsports industry trying to liven up a sport that’s been around for years?  I keep thinking lately after hearing everyone chat about where snowsports is headed in the months leading up to the snow, the people I have been talking to who have been riding pow for years seem to be more interested in developing new ways to ride because they’ve been riding the same way forever.  They’ve taken their sport as far as they can and now they want something new.  Now that we have bindingless riding and cordless wakeboarding, where would the snow and water industry go from here?  Every year it gets more interesting.  Thanks to Dunford Ryen for the boat rides this summer.