Wakestock Weekend in Collingwood, presented by Monster Energy, rocked with some of the best Saturday afternoon crowds of it’s storied 13 year history! Driven by it’s unique festival format bringing together the world’s top wakeboarders, skateboarders, and bands mixed with an action sports expo and bikini contest, Wakestock proved to as popular as ever in it’s second year at its new Millennium Park venue, Collingwood, ON, Canada. Band highlights included popular performances by Public Enemy, Alexisonfire and Crash Kings! (See photos of bands, bikinis, and skateboard at bottom).

While Sunday’s weather was not as picture perfect as Saturday and more than a few “Wakestockers” were slow getting to the park after a big night out, by Sunday afternoon the spectator stands were full for the WWA World Series wakeboard finals.  And what an incredible finals to see, stacked with the world’s very best!

Photo (top): Wakestock Billabong Pro Men’s Wakeboard winner, Bob Soven. Roth photo.

When the spray settled three new names had been added to the prestigious list of Wakestock Champions taking the coveted Wakestock belts and prize money: Bob Soven – Pro Wakeboard (top photo); Grant Roberts – Pro Wakeskate (photo – right); Melissa Marquardt – Pro Women!

While the water conditions for the finals weren’t as perfect as for the qualifying rounds the day before, that didn’t stop some of the best wakeboarders and wakeskaters in the world from stepping up their game. With a $25,000 prize purse, WWA World Series points and the coveted Wakestock belts on the line, there was still plenty of riding left to be done.

The action got under way with the Billabong Pro Women’s Wakeboard finals early. Despite a morning rainsquall, the 8 women finals kept rolling and in the end it was American Melissa Marquardt walking away with the victory, followed by Canadians Erika Langman and Leslie Sparkes. “I’m looking forward to next year – the crowds at Wakestock are sick!” reflected Marquardt on her inaugural Wakestock experience.

Photo (right): Pro Wakeskate winner Grant Roberts. Roth photo.

Up next was the 6 man final for the Malibu Boats Pro Wakeskate Championships, presented by Monster Energy and Billabong. Leading the way into the final round were past Wakestock wakeskate champs Stuart Shinn and Brian Grubb. They were joined by last year’s runner up, Grant Roberts, James Balzer, Yan Lecomte and Dan Brown. They had the best water conditions of the day allowing for some incredibly tech trick to be thrown down. Roberts laid down a big run that was highlighted by a wake-to-wake Front Bigspin for his last trick. In the end, it was Roberts walking away with his first ever pro win and the prestigious Wakestock belt!

“The weekend was rad,” claimed Roberts. “It was a super good vibe, good music and good riding. It’s sick to see so many people come out for a wake event. Definitely one of the most fun wake events of the year for sure. And I’m stoked to get my first pro win  here.”

Up next was the Billabong Pro Wakeboard Championship which saw a 16 man quarter-final cut down to an 8 man semi-final. While the wind picked up during the heats making for tough riding conditions, everyone still threw down solid runs. Advancing through were past Wakestock champs Aaron Rathy (defending), Phil Soven, Andrew Adkison, plus Trevor Hansen, Shawn Watson, Olivier Derome and Austin Hair.

The field was then cut in half for the 4 man final and it was comprised of the some of the biggest names in the sport: Phillip Soven, the WWA World Series overall points leader, Aaron Rathy, the defending Wakestock and World Champion, Bob Soven, the current points leader for the King of Wake and Andrew Adkison, a former two-time World Champ. Bob Soven was first off the dock and took advantage, as the wind seemed to drop a little for his ride.  In the end, it was Bob who prevailed in the challenging conditions to earn his second ever, professional victory, just ahead of Aaron Rathy, Phil Soven (older brother) and Andrew Adkison.

“I had a great weekend; I partied and danced a lot and I had a great roommate, Mr. Shane Bonifay,” claimed Bob. “The contest went awesome, it was pretty windy in the finals but it was still fun. Last year I made finals and probably got the worst water, but this year was the opposite and I got the best water. In the end it allowed me to do what I came here for: to win and to dance.”

With his third place showing, Phil Soven also moved one step closer to locking down the overall WWA World Series title.

As Chuck D of Public Enemy proclaimed at the end of their incredible sunset Wakestock performance – “Long live Wakestock!” See you next year!

Below are the complete final pro wakeboard results.


Presented by Monster Energy & Malibu Boats

1. Bob Soven    USA    66.67
    (Monster Energy, Liquid Force, Nautique, Fox, Body Glove, Dragon)
2. Aaron Rathy    CAN    58.33
    (Rockstar, Oakley, Xcel, Byerly, MB Boats, Hart & Huntington)
3. Phil Soven        USA    51.67
   (Malibu, Liquid Force, Rip It, Seige, CTI)
4. Andrew Adkison    USA    36.67
   (CWB, Mastercraft, Ten/80)

Pro Wakeboard Podium (left to right): Aaron Rathy (2nd); Bob Soven (1st); Phil Soven (3rd). Roth photo

(Top 2 advance)
Heat 1

1. Andrew Adkison USA    70.00
2. Bob Soven     USA    58.33

3. Austin Hair    USA    51.67
   (Hyperlite, Supra Ten/80)
4. Trevor Hansen    USA    36.67
   (CWB, Supra, World Wakeboarding Center)

Heat 2
1. Aaron Rathy    CAN    70.00
2. Phil Soven    USA    63.33

3. Olivier Derome    CAN    53.33
    (Ronix, Oakley, Billabong, Malibu)
4. Shawn Watson    USA    33.33
    (Monster Energy, Billabong, Liquid Force, Nautique, Dragon, Roswell)

(Top 2 advance) 
Heat 1
1. Bob Soven    USA    80.00
2. Andrew Adkison     USA    65.00

3. Nick Jones    USA    43.33
4. Kyle Rattray    CAN    33.33
   (Gator, O’Neill, CTI, Anarchy, Roswell)

Heat 2
1. Aaron Rathy    CAN    60.00
2. Olivier Derome    CAN    46.67

3. Padiwat Jaemjan    THAI    36.67   
   (CWB, Billabong)
4. Scotty Broome    AUS    25.00
   (O’Neill, Tige, CWB)

Heat 3
1. Trevor Hansen    USA    80.00
2. Shawn Watson    USA    70.00

3. Danny Thollander    USA    60.00
4. Raph Derome    CAN    46.67
   (Liquid Force, Billabong, Malibu, VZ, Kustom)

Heat 4
1. Phil Soven    USA    80.00
2. Austin Hair    USA    66.67

3. Shane Bonifay    USA    50.00
   (Monster Energy, Liquid Force, Spy, Jet Pilot, Skull Candy)
4. Dustin O’Ferrall    CAN    40.00
   (Billabong, Ronix, Dragon)

Presented by Monster Energy & Billabong

1. Grant Roberts    USA    88.33
    (Obscura, Spy, Fox, DVS)
2. Brian Grubb    USA    84.33
   (Malibu, Billabong,Hyperlite, VZ, Red Bull, Kustom)
3. James Balzer    CAN    79.00
  (Monster Energy, Nike 6.0, OBscura, VZ, Body Glove)
4. Yan Lecomte    CAN    68.33
  (Oakley, Nike 6.0 Remote)
5. Stuart Shinn    USA    53.33
  (CWB, Rusty)
6. Dan Brown    CAN    36.67

Pro wakeskate podium (left to right): James Balzer (3rd); Grant Roberts (1st); Brian Grubb (2nd). Roth photo

Presented by Monster Energy & Billabong

1. Melissa Marquardt    USA    93.33
    (Monster Energy, Liquid Force, Spy, Skull Candy)
2. Erika Langman        CAN    80.00
    (Liquid Force, Slaysh, O’Neill, Dragon)
3. Leslie Sparkes        CAN    70.00
    (Ronix, Billabong, Base Camp)
4. Kelsey Chiappa        CAN    56.67
5. Steph King        CAN    51.33
6. Susie Mallory        CAN    46.67
7. Emily Tenwestinied    CAN    39.00
8. Ally Boothroyd        CAN    16.67

Pro Women’s podium (left to right): Leslie Sparkes (3rd); Melissa Marquardt (1st); Erika Langman (2nd). Roth photo

Aaron Rathy, 2nd Wakestock Billabong Pro Men’s Wakeboard. Roth photo.

Brian Grubb, 2nd Wakestock Malibu Boats Pro Wakeskate. Roth photo.

Bob Soven. Roth photo.

Wakestock wake course crowd. Roth photo.

Chuck D, Public Enemy. Jarrett photo.

Alexisonfire. Roth photo.

Miss Wakestock Bikini. Roth photo.

Saturday afternoon crowds. Jarrett photo.

Pro skater Grant Patterson, Red Star team. Roth photo.

Wakestock skatepark featured a street course and mini-ramp. Roth photo.

There were tons of deals at Wakestock’s Action Sports Expo and Marketplace. Roth photo.