Jessica B., a Carondelet High School Senior, has earned her ticket to ride in the 2022 Centurion World Wake Surfing Championship in North Carolina, this fall. Jessica will represent the United States among 150 competitors from 15 countries. She is currently ranked 5th in the United States and 10th internationally by the World Ranking System of The Competitive Wake Surfing Association. She competes in Skim Style Wake Surfing as a Semi-Professional in the Outlaw Division.
Jessica traveled all over the United States this year and competed in conditions very different from those in her hometown. She claims the most challenging surfing conditions were riding while under a tornado warning in Minnesota, a monsoon in Arizona, and while snowing in Utah. Even though conditions were sometimes challenging, Jessica placed within the top three competitors in every tournament she has participated in this year and is expected to do very well in the World Championship.
Wake surfing is performed behind the wake of a surf boat without the assistance of any rope after the rider has been pulled out of the water. Similar to wakeboarding, but without the assistance of a pull rope, a wake surf rider can perform many tricks and spins. Jessica loves to share her passion for the sport locally by co-running the Carondelet Wake Club. The newly founded club has grown to 150+ members at both Carondelet and De La Salle. Internationally, Jessica developed and runs a social media account and website ‘Episode Wake’ supporting women in the sport. Through this, she has interviewed female wake surfers from all over the world and has inspired women to compete and excel in the male-dominated sport. Jessica can be seen frequently training and spinning behind her dad’s boat on the Delta waterways in Discovery Bay.