Central Alberta girl wins wake surfing gold on world stage – Red Deer Advocate

A young central Albertan is putting competitive wake surfing on the province’s map with her incredible performances on the world stage.

Lacombe’s Morgan Bateman shot to greatness after winning gold at the World Wake Association Nautical Masters Wakesurf Championships in Pine Mountain, Georgia, Sept. 8-11.

The 13-year-old won the medal after collecting the most points in the U13 women’s amateur event competing against wake surfers from around the world.

“It was awesome,” she said. “Being in this sport, I really enjoy it and it was great to travel and get to know other people.”

To accumulate points during the event, they can complete a series of rounds, some worth more points than others. The contestant who completes the more difficult tricks will earn more points. During his run, Bateman completed a pair of 360 spins, including one with the board facing the opposite direction, and received more points due to the degree of difficulty.

Bateman became interested in wake surfing at the age of 11 while at her family’s residence in Gull Lake. There, she met two-time wake surfing world champion Bailey Rush who was offering lessons. Once she started learning from Rush, she fell in love with the sport and hasn’t looked back since. Rush is now Bateman’s trainer and someone she looks up to.

“She not only taught me tricks and how to surf properly, but she taught me the mental part. In wake surfing, it takes a lot of mental toughness to calm down before you run and not get nervous,” Bateman said.

She does not hesitate to practice other water sports such as wakeboarding, which she practiced before practicing wake surfing in her free time.

Bateman also competes in the Competitive Wake Surf Association where she is currently ranked 11th in the world among amateur women.

If she remains in the top 15, she will travel to the World Wake Surfing Championship in Mooresville, USA, October 6-8. On top of that, she also participates in Water Ski and Wakeboard Alberta for the wake surf team with a group of other surfers her age from all over the province. The team will train together but compete against each other.

Just a year ago, Bateman said she won gold at the Canadian Junior Championships in Cranbrook, BC.

The youngster is very passionate about the sport and she said she loves the feeling she gets while wake surfing.

“It’s kind of just my happy place and I love being on the water,” she said.

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Morgan Bateman of Lacombe holds the plaque after becoming World Wake Surfing Association World Champion.  (Photo submitted by Morgan Bateman)

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