The Duczek brothers — Dagen (left) and Ryder (right).

The Duczek brothers — Dagen (left) and Ryder (right).

Duczek brothers ride to success

Cranbrook's brotherly wakeboarding duo making big splash early in the summer

Cranbrook’s dynamic wakeboarding Duczek brothers are at it again.

Dagen and Ryder Duczek are off to a solid start on the water this summer, having already made a handful of podium appearances throughout the region.

The first event of the season took the Duczek’s south of the border for the INT League Northwest Division Tour at Hauser Lake, Idaho, where the brothers owned the Junior Boys Wakeboarding class with nine-year-old Dagen claiming first place and Ryder staking out second place.

“We had good water,” Dagen said of his first-place rip. “I managed to land some big grabs.”

In Junior Boys Wakesurf competition, it was 11-year-old Ryder landing atop the podium, while the younger Dagen finished in second.

Next on the itinerary, the Duczek brothers were off to Pine Lake, Alta., for a stop on the Water Ski and Wakeboard Alberta Tour. The location may have changed, but the results were much the same as Ryder collected a gold medal in Intermediate Wakeboard competition with Dagen settling for silver.

In Intermediate Wakesurf, Ryder was golden once again, while Dagen just finished off the podium in fourth place.

“It was an awesome day,” Ryder said of his double-gold effort. “Definitely another battle of the brothers in the wakeboard division.”

The Duczek brothers train at Tie Lake, near Jaffray. Next on the calendar are stops in Alberta, B.C., and the United States before the summer comes to a close.

The Duczek brothers wished to extend gratitude to their community sponsors, including Hyperlite, Just Liquid Sports and Boston Pizza (Cranbrook/Golden).


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