Women's Pro / Soulcraft Team Captain
Wake surfing has always been more than a hobby for Emily. It’s a passion that has helped her grow and develop into the inspirational and motivating person she is today. Her personal growth with wake surfing brought her closer to her parents and created many amazing relationships with friends along the way. No matter what happens in life, the sport will always hold a special place in Emily’s heart - as her involvement within the Soulcraft Family has provided for us.
In Fall of 2013, Evan and Jeff started talking boards and boats. At the time, Jeff had the same boat as Evan and was able to help fit a Soulcraft to further his progression. Evan started riding a DaHonu and after training hard for a couple years, Evan joined the competitive wake circuit and placed 2nd in Amateur Male Surf at The World Wakesurf Championship. In 2017 Evan placed 2nd in Outlaw Male Surf and is now currently competing in the Pro Division.
Keenan has been a competitive wake surfer for over 10 years. Growing up in South Florida riding at Dean Lavelle’s wake school until he moved up to Orlando for college.
He’s always loved to surf in the ocean and was into wakeboarding when he was younger, so when he tried wake surfing it was a natural fit.
Jason Marsh first tried wake surfing on a demo for a G23. Without plans to surf on the demo Jason was caught off guard when he was asked if he wanted to try it out. Jason dove in head first and boom! — first try was up and surfing. Jason’s unique style comes from his roots skateboarding, but Jason is also an ocean person who loves adventure and the thrill the open water offers.
Kelley began riding a Soulcraft in Fall of 2016 and has been on one ever since. She’s qualified for World’s 3 times and accomplished an undeafted season in 2018 - winning the CWSA World Championship for Women’s Masters Surf. She’s currently ranked 1st in her division and always looks forward to competing against her fellow warriors in the Women’s Masters surf division.
Kenta began wake surfing at the age of 30 as the sport began to take off in Japan. He quickly became addicted to the surfing lifestyle and would ride with anyone that was heading out to grab a tasty wave behind the boat. Kenta was introduced to Soulcraft among his peers and saw his skillset grow rapidly once he jumped on board.
Remi is a natural in the water and in 2020 took the crown as Outlaw World Champion with her stylish riding and ability to execute tricks on demand.
Grace’s 2020 season is off to a great start with a 1st place finish in the Arizona Fall Qualifier in Women’s Amateur Surf Division. With training support from Angie Viland, Grace is excited for the season to kick into full gear with goals to qualify for the World Wakesurf Competition in Fall.
Turner “T-Dog” is 12 years old, with a strong appetite for learning new tricks and progressing toward his goal of becoming a professional wake surfer. With his drive and motivation, T-Dog has qualified two years in a row for the World Wake Surfing Championship in the Junior division (2018/19); finishing 3rd and 4th respectively. In 2020 he advanced to the Amateur Men’s Surf Division and placed 1st in his debut Amateur competition.
Bostyn surfed with Mom for the first time at the age of 6 months. After watching her sister (Brynlee) surf on her own she was ready to give it a try and officially caught the wake surf bug by the age of 3. Since then, Bostyn has seen her skills progress year over year and improved dramatically surfing alongside her sister, and parents.
Brynlee started surfing on her own in September, 2018 at the age of 4. Within a week Brynlee dropped the rope and experienced the rush of free surfing behind the boat for the first time. It was easy for Mom and Dad to see that Brynlee was hooked! In Fall of 2019, Brynlee competed in her first event, The Arizona Fall Qualifier where she placed 2nd in Junior Girls and 4th in Juniors Overall.
Michael began wake surfing in 2012, creating a wave by having a group of friends sit on one side of the boat. He was hooked and soon upgraded his boat and board. Boating season was short in Washington, but wake surfing became his family’s summer activity. He, along with his wife and two daughters, even flew to Arizona for lessons. In 2015, he began competing in the Masters Surf division and place 2nd in his first competition. In 2016, he qualified to compete in the World Wake Surfing Championship. After a hip injury and surgery, he took a hiatus from competing, but wake surfing remained his passion and escape.
Reece’s main focus for the 2020 season is to go into her competitions strong and continue landing new tricks. With her passion and dedication, Reece is poised to crush her goals and make it to the World Wake Surf Competition.
In his first year of competing in 2020, Dan was able to finish 10th overall in the Men’s amateur division. He’s looking forward to putting the SuperFly on the scene in the Outlaw division where he hopes the competition will push his riding even further. His favorite part of the sport is when he helps a new rider drop the rope, get in the sweet spot and smile from ear to ear. It never gets old.
Destinee began wake surfing in 2019 - falling in love with the water, the wave, the performance Soulcraft boards deliver, and the family-feel she receives from the wake surfing community. For Destinee wake surfing is more than a hobby, it’s a passion. Although she was hesitant to get into the water at first, wake surfing has proven to be love at first surf. Destine reluctantly entered the Arizona Fall Qualifier in November 2019 where she placed 3rd after only having been surfing for a few months. She continued to compete online during the 2020 season and snagged a 2nd place finish in the North American Wake Surfing Championship.
When Connie began, she started on a skim board and after the first couple years she made the switch to surf style after meeting Soulcraft team rider Emily Agate. Emily was instrumental in introducing Connie and Cory to the real world of wake surfing, including the vast array of tricks and maneuvers that the more accomplished surfers were developing. Living in Canada definitely limits the surf season so for the last 2 years they have been taking their boat to Arizona to help combat that and continue their passion for surfing all year long.
Cory grew up a ‘water baby’; a competitive swimmer as a teenager, and a lifeguard/swimming instructor throughout university. Cory spent the short Canadian summer water skiing and wake boarding in the beautiful and vitally freshwater lakes of British Columbia, Canada. Other interests and priorities took over until his wife Connie introduced him to wake surfing in 2012. Cory remembers thinking “it makes no sense … how does the boat tow the rider without a rope?” Their first boat was 2004 23’ Supreme which only produced a surf wake on the regular side, so Cory learned goofy heel side.
When Leah began, she started on a skim board and after the first year surfing/skimming, she made the switch to surf style and never looked back. Fast forward a year after her switch… Kaley saw a spark in Leah after riding her Soulcraft and got her on her first custom built Soulcraft. Leah’s skills improved dramatically with the switch from her original mass produced board. After that Leah never rode another surf brand and continued to build her Soulcraft quiver to match her skill progression.
Having ridden Soulcraft for close to four years now, Alysha drives herself to be better each time she gets behind the boat and looks up to many riders - inspiring herself to progress her riding following the footsteps of so many incredible surfers. Alysha’s focus for 2020 is entering her first competition in Seattle. Wake Surfing to her is not only enjoyable and thrilling, but a challenging sport that continues to be more exciting every Summer.