Judy Hazen competed in the Women's Master Division, pulling off tricks like the Firehydrant, Hang Five and Carves while walking away with first place and over $1,000 in prizes.
Chase Hazen, Judy's son, took home first place in the boys division at last year's event. Now that he's 16 and a world titleist, Chase has moved on to the professional Open Division. On Lake Yosemite, he surfed away with a gnarly second-place overall finish - just two points behind a four-time world champion - and a $1,500 cash prize. Chase pulled off huge airs, including 360s and Indy Grabs. He is sponsored by Shredstixx, Electric Sunglasses, Sanuk Sandels and Power Balance.
Both mom and son practice on the Delta and are sponsored by Shredstixx, owned by Discovery Bay resident Jerry Price, whom many credit with virtually inventing the sport.
"He is a big reason why this sport is taking off so fast," said Judy. "Being local, you can find him giving demo rides on the Delta and teaching people how to do this sport."
"Anyone can wakesurf," Judy added. "It's really bringing us old-time waterskiers back into the water with little pain. We only travel at a speed of 12 mph. When we fall, it doesn't hurt and it is so addictive!"
For action photos and more information about Chase Hazen, visit www.wakeworld.com.
- Contributed by Jill Proctor