Erika has been attending wakeboard contests since the age of 15, when she was a part of the John Curtis’ Buckeye Wake Team. She became passionately involved in the sport as a rider (winning titles such as Wakestock Pro Champion) and event organizer. She took over the ROOTS series when it needed someone to step up and immediately put together our awesome ROOTS committee. She is also a great coach and teaches part time at the Wake Institute and at the Throw it Down girls clinics. She’s a contributor (in a big way) to throwitdown.com as well. If you have any questions or inquiries about the Roots, she’s your girl!
Ally is our web designer for the Roots Wake Series. She also helps with loads of other behind the scenes operations like logistics coordination. On event day, you will catch her in the boat as one of our volunteer judging co-ordinators and cheering our competitors on. She runs a wake school/rail park in Bobcaygeon called the Wake Institute and also created throwitdown.com – an international female wake media outlet. She loves putting together fun events at the Wake Institute such as Girls Ride Day and Footloose Wakeskate Wakepark Open as well as competing with her fellow lady shredders at the Roots. She is a Learning Facilitator for the Canadian Waterski and Wakeboard Instructors Course and also hosts Level 2 Coaching courses and Learning Facilitator courses at her wakeboard school as well as coaching the Buckeye Wake Team.
WSWO Board Member/Logistics/Judging
Jay has been wakeboarding since he was 8 years old, he first came onto the wakeboard contest scene about 14 years ago at his first X-cup stop. Jay retired early from the competitive scene (due to the infamous two-wrists snowboard injury) and focused on his love of free-riding and coaching. He is now a coach at the Wake Institute in Bobcaygeon and leads the Buckeye Development Team program along with Ally. Jay’s love of coaching has lead him into many different volunteer positions with WSWO, WSWC and as Learning Facilitator for the Canadian Waterski and Wakeboard Instructors Course. He literally wrote the text book on coaching! Jay also finds time to volunteer on the Roots committee and other grassroots sports development projects and enjoys free riding, wake skating and cable shredding in his free time.
Sponsorship/WSWC Board Member/Advisor
Sean first started wakeboarding 19 yrs ago, he got involved in the competitive scene for 10 years, and since then he has gotten involved in the organization of the sport. He used to run the X-Cup when it was around with Dave and Tiff Tsuyuki, they all also ran a wakeboard school together. These days Sean works in Real Estate development and helps with the sport on a volunteer basis. He is the chair of the Canadian Wake Committee, the Wakeboard Director on the WSWC Executive Board and sits on the Roots organizing committee as an advisor.
Dave has been the godfather of wakeboarding since most of our committee was in diapers. Mulitiple time national champion and pro tour competitor, he is a legend in the Ontario wakeboard scene. He started the X cup series in the late nineties along with Sean, Neil, Jeff and his now wife Tiffany. He now sits on the Roots committee as our sponsorship guru, adding the renowned Tsyuki charisma and flare to the team.
Jono has been attending every Ontario contest since the age of 15, he’s now a decade deep and has no plans of looking back. A one time National wakeskate champion he has hung up his competition shoes to work behind the scene of the National Wake Committee, The ROOTS series and is a sales manager for Hyperlite and Ronix. Last year he opened The Ranch Wake Park with the help of his brother Scott to help give riders more time on the water.
Media Relations/Social Media/Logistics
If you didn’t already come to this conclusion based on the photo to the left, Jason was entrenched in the world of snowboarding before he picked up a wakeboard for the first time. He joined us for the full 2011 Roots Tour, and is returning this summer for another round. You’re most likely to catch him writing, blogging, photographing, tweeting and trying to transfer his skills from the snow, to the water. Outside of the Roots, Jason works in Marketing at Blue Mountain Resort, and is a contributing writer for SBC Media.
Shavonne Hasfal-Mc Intosh
Shavonne is new to the Roots committee this year, after learning to ride cable last year and hitting up each of the Roots stops as a spectator, she wanted to get involved with helping out in whatever ways should could and hone in on some riding skills. For the past 6 years she has worked for a brand that embraces the action sport culture (Redbull), so she has definitely been engaged within the Canadian wake scene. You can catch her on any given weekend hanging out at The Ranch Wakepark kicking it with her fellow Lady Ranchers.