Now with summer gone and past, school in session. Cam Desloges has a new talent to report. He has decided to take up film class and has a first short wake film to share. Keep checking in for more films to come!
1. Where did you start riding and how long ago?
McIvor Lake in Campbell River. We started out with an old Bayliner bow
rider. I used to beg my dad to borrow more water jugs from his offices
water cooler to try and get a bigger wake. I think we maxed out at 12
jugs before his co-workers brought up this issue of missing water at one
of his staff meetings. Although, I started riding about 10 years ago, I
had a break for a few years when I moved to Victoria before I was able to
get established on the Shawnigan Lake scene.
2. Why do you wakeboard?
For me it’s that feeling I get of just being on the water. Sailing through
the airs pretty sick too. I like that feeling of accomplishment when I
finally land a new trick. A big part of wakeboarding that I like is that
you can go out with anyone and everyone. There is a sense of the present.
Everyone on the boat can go out and have a set regardless of skill level.
It’s not like snowboarding where different riders’ comfort levels are
going to determine groups dynamics (ie who is going down green runs and
who is ducking ropes).
3. Where are you from and where do you reside today?
Originally born in Durban, South Africa. My family came to Canada shortly
after and I grew up in Campbell River. I have spent the last 6 years
going to school in Victoria. Presently, I am in transition and do not
know what the future entails. I am moving back up island to finish my
teaching practicum and then I don’t know. I could easily see myself
residing at a mountain for the winter….
4. What sort of career are you chasing, whether it be wakeboarding or
That’s a funny story. In theory I will be a qualified teacher by the
beginning of December. Whether that’s what I want to do or if there is
even work available is another question.
5. Where do you normally wakeboard?
McIvor Lake- Campbell River
Shawnigan Lake- Just outside of Victoria
6. Who do you wakeboard?
Honestly, whosever’s down to ride. Down at Shawnigan generally Tyler,
Matty and Stu. Up in Campbell my family and the crew from the water ski
and wakeboard club.
7. What other sports can you be found doing?
Surfing, snowboarding, bare footing, climbing.
8. How did this year turn out for you?
Unfortunately, the teaching program took up a lot of my time with summer
classes. It also really sucked that Tyler broke his leg early on in the
season. I always get pumped riding with him cause he pushes me outta my
comfort zone. In terms of events, this year I only got a few in due to
school commitments. My best comp was third at Provincials at the Cove.
9. What in store for Garth Douglas next year?
More spins for sure. I definitely want to keep pushing raley variations.
I think its time to find some balls and start incorporating flips and
spins (ie mobious tricks). Not going to lie some inspiration might be
required from one of those wakeboarding camps. I would love to do a trip
down to Florida or the Philippines this winter. Lastly, as I will have
more time now I hope to give back to the sport through coaching the next
10. Anyone you need to give a shout out too? (sponsors, friends, family? )
Shout out to sponsors for sure. Thanks Rip Curl, Hello My Name is
Boardshop, Northernites (Guayaki Yerba Mate distributor). Also thanks to
my Dad, for pulling me out of the water hundreds of times.
I started wakeboarding last year! Summer 2010 was my first year involved with Sproat Lake Water Sports Association. My family had always tried to spend time on various lakes during past summers but never was I exposed to such talent in water sports, to be honest I had no idea how much of a sport wakeboarding was. Clueless of the sport I went out and tried my best, I was in complete shock when I watched how the riders there could invert themselves and get crazy air! Talk about feeling out-of-place, I was happy when I could get air off the wake… That’s when my competitive edge kicked in and I tried to keep up with the other riders my age and prove that I could do well in this sport regardless of how inexperienced I was.
Id have to say my biggest influence in wakeboarding would have to be everyone who has helped me, anyone who pushes my riding and helps coach me along the way. Also if it weren’t for the girl riders out there I would have nobody to look up to!
One of my favourite memories this summer would be placing second at the Sproat Lake tournament. Riding against girls who have been exposed to the sport for years now made it quite nerve-wracking for me. Most of the girls I ride against in my division are a year or two older as well. Along with the Sproat Tournament I think meeting new people at Sproat makes the whole summer more memorable. Last year I met all the kids from the Club and now after spending summers together we are all family. And Sproat is a beautiful lake so we see new faces all the time! I’d have to say no matter the occasion, everyone and everything at Sproat makes summer just that much better!
YES. Simple as that. Id say most wakeboarders have a pretty high pain tolerance.. Or at least develop one. If you can’t handle a little pain then you won’t get very far in this sport. First summer trying wakeboarding and I see all these kids going w2w (wake to wake) like it’s nothing.. What happens when I think I’m brave? I catch my toe edge, land flat on my face with my board bending backwards smoking me in the head. I thought I was fine, but then again it’s me.. I got a concussion. (Little did I know how common those are to wakeboarders). That was my first really hard fall. This summer I had some more interesting crashes, a few head smacks .. the usual wakeboard falls. Face plants with advil at hand for that after headache, slices on your legs from the rails, hands all ripped up from the handles. And to finish off the summer season, I wiped out and my body pretty much went into shock. But hey! No pain no Gain! Mastering those tricks and accomplishing the goals you set out for yourself make every scratch worth it!
Yes, I do. Watching other people wipe out, remembering the unpleasant feel of the crashes and the outcome of doing a trick wrong does frighten me. I talk myself into trying new things most of the time and I like to be good at what I do so I always compete with the other riders. I try to put the fact that “that’s going to hurt,” to the back of my mind and deal with a fall when it comes. I like to think of why I’m trying the tricks and how good it feels when you land what you’ve been working really hard on. Although yes, if I wasn’t scared at all I would be trying every trick I possibly could!
The guy to girl ratio is quite large I will admit! Especially at tournaments, there are so many guy riders and very few female riders. I think because the sport does involve a bit of pain and perseverance more girls opt out of doing it. Considering there aren’t as many girl riders I find myself mostly riding with the guys. Which is good because they don’t treat me like competition and they aren’t afraid to help and give me tips! On the other hand though, It gives me less to compete with during the training so I’m not always pushed. Knowing I have less competition though it gives me an advantage. I have less girls to compete with in tournaments than the boys do.
Outside of wakeboarding I play school volleyball, club volleyball and fastball. And during the winter I snowboard! Id have to say most of my time is occupied with school and sports.
My plans for the future are to pursue my sports as far as I can and do well in school. Id love to take my wakeboarding to a whole new level and compete in Provincials and Nationals and what ever other tournaments I can enter! I really want to try the new Cable park in Kelowna and ride in Florida! I want to keep progressing with this sport, I really enjoy it!
This year I learned… lots of w2w grabs, 360’s on the funbox, grabs off the ski jump, I was working on w2w 180’s and Tantrums as well.
Sproat Lake hosts yet another wakeboard competition.
July 28th I had the pleasure of heading up once again to my favorite place to shred, the Sproat Lake Watersports Association. I had been hired to put on a clinic to coach the up and coming wakeboarders of the club. Just like the previous year I was welcomed like family which ment a lot considering I was bringing up my new family to join in the fun. This was my son Ryder’s first camping trip, first boat ride and first time experiencing wakeboarding. For my fiance it was a chance for her to see the friends and family that I have met during my career in wakeboarding.
The turnout was great for the kids, 19 of them to be exact. Ages ranging from 7 to 17 and all sorts of levels, boys and girls. It truly is great to see such a large group of young kids taking a liking and trying to push themselves in wakeboarding. Everyone put 100% into learning new tricks. We had kids learning to get up for the first time, learning to jump and learning some more technical surface tricks. And for the few really brave kids, they learned how to hit their first slider. The club had built a fun box which was perfect for all to hit. Not to forget the few club members that came out to drive the boat, without them it would have been a long day.
After a couple of days of learning it was competition time. I unfortunately wasn’t able to make it but I was proud to see my fellow security detail members stepping it up again this year! Headed by Kris Mcnichol these neon yellow t-shirt wearing men covered the grounds making sure everything ran smoothly and that the partying was done right. Hearing it through the grape-vine I heard it was quiet the party on the saturday night needing a little more enforcement then usual. Good job boys!
As for the comp, a good turnout as usual. Sponsors picked it up this year with Hello My Name Is Boardshop, Bill & Ted’s and Jay’s Lace It Up donating a ton of prizes. Wakeology added something new to the mix, donating a brand new wakeboard and more. Also new to the mix was BC Wake Boat Rentals. Rocking their 2011 Tige RZ2 their presents was welcomed by all. Surfing, wakeboarding and more was towed behind this beautiful machine. Another few guests of the comp that made my day was the attendance of Tyler Ham, Joey Ewing, Chris Ewing, Broody Combs and myself. All old pro’s from back in the day, we were offered the chance to head out and film for the cameras. Armed with an arsenal of riders a Master Craft from Kris Mcnichol and a couple other boats we sped off down the lake looking for flat water. Once found it was one of the best moments of the year for me. Being able to watch these guys again all shred together was definitely a highlight to the competition weekend. Still full of talent and battling rough water these guys showed that they still had it. The energy off the boat was amazing and I’m sure felt by the 6 boats tied up watching the fun. Look for video and pictures on tv in the near future.
The competition wrapped up on the Sunday with a surprising finish. As there wasn’t enough pro riders there, they had bumped up the advanced division to pro. Jimmy Frandsen took first place with Tyler Hamm second and Brody Coombs third. Tyler Hamm after years of being away from the sport was still able to show off some of the sick tricks he’s known for and style. Tyler’s been busy working the fishing boats and recovering from several knee injuries. Brody after a knee injury last year was able to ride with his usual intensity. All in all it was a great show. Can’t wait to see the up and coming riders of the future comps.