Canadians are mostly known for producing maple syrup, playing hockey and or enjoying other cold weather sports, but not generally known for their surfing or watersport skills. Well, that is all about to change – Kade Cox has been carving out a name for himself in the flowboarding community!
As FlowRider® continues to build their ever so popular wave simulator attractions all around the world, bring the joy of surfing even to landlocked regions, Canada now has a handful of venues and parks featuring the surf machines. Along with more attractions comes increased ridership.
Kade, who started riding the FlowRider roughly 4 years ago, first fell in love with the sport when the attraction was installed at his local aquatics center, City of Grand Praire Aquatics Center. “My dad tried it first, then he immediately turned me on to it!” explains Cox. “From there, I started riding all the time and became addicted to it.” Kade added.
As you may or may not know by now, FlowRider recently partnered with White Water West, the leading global designer of waterparks and family attractions, which is based out of Vancouver, Canada.
Of course with all the cold weather and subpar conditions, these FlowRider venues are indoors. That’s right, you can experience the thrill of surfing in a protected environment (with no sharks), indoors, any time of the year!
Over the past two years, Kade, who is dedicated to growing the sport and sharin his passion, has tested the waters on the USA FLOW Tour, earning himself a Junior Flowboarding Title, crowned a Canadian FLOW Champion in the Pro Flowboard division and most recently represented Team Canada at the 2016 FlowRider World Flowboarding Championships in Singapore, hosted by WaveHouse Sentosa.
As FLOW (Flowboarding League Of the World) looks to expands the Canadian FLOW Tour and offer more competitions in the region, we caught up with Kade and asked him to share some insight, from a Canadians perspective.
Flowboarders.com: What’s up KC? How have you been since we last saw you on the wave at the World Championships in Singapore?
Kade: Things are good, no complaints! Been steady practicing on improving my flowboarding for the 2017 FLOW Tour competitions.
Can you tell us more about that?
Kade: Getting my own Mak Model is just an honor. Not sure what else to say about that. As for South 40 Dental, well, last year the owner of a local dentist office happen to watch me ride the FlowRider at my local wave. He took interest in the attraction and naturally we started talking about the sport and the different exciting opportunities it has present me. Luckily for me, his continued interest lead to a sponsorship and they have been supportive ever since.
I am super excited to announce that South40Dental will be continuing to sponsor me throughout 2017! This is just the beginning of many big things we’re going to do, be on the watch. Huge shoutout to my good friend @jarodgarton for taking time to film and edit this video. If you haven’t already subscribed to his YouTube channel where he makes almost daily vlogs, go do that. Link in bio! @makflowboards @flowboarders @flowrider_inc #linkinbio #youtube #makteam #makflowboards #flowrider #flowboarders #eastlinkcentre #ft17 #south40dental #somethingtosmileabout
Flowboarders.com: It seems deserving to us! You have put in the time on wave and paid your dues on the FLOW tour, that’s for sure.
Over the past few years, before Canada had multiple FlowRider venues, you were following and competing on the USA FLOW Tour. Can you provide some insight to your experience and how it’s help you become a better rider?
Kade: Competing on the USA FLOW Tour has been a tremendous experience for me and has helped me prepare in so many ways for the future. Following the tour gave me the experience of competition, opportunity to travel and the pleasure of meeting new people – both on and off the wave. Without that experience, I would not be a Canadian Champion today.
Flowboarders.com: That’s right, you claimed a 2016 Canadian FLOW Championship title in the Men’s Pro Flowboarding division. How exciting was it for you and the other Canadian flowboarders to hear that West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark was bringing the FLOW Tour across the border?
Kade: I feel I can speak for the majority of riders in saying that we were all super stoked to have WEM FlowRider host the competition. Since that event, I have been communicating with my local venue and encouraging the other waves to host contest so we can have a full Canadian FLOW Tour.
Flowboarders.com: Winning the Canadian FLOW Championships last year not only qualified you for the World Flowboarding Championships in Singapore but also gave you the opportunity to represent Team Canada and your country. What did that mean to you?
Kade: I was extremely fortunate to represent the Canadian flaf and compete at Worlds. Definatly one of the coolest experience of my life and keeps me motivated for the future.
Flowboarders.com: Staying motivated is key! With that being said, what are you plans and goals for the 2017 season?
Kade: Ideally, the plan to follow the US FLOW Tour again and participate in as many events as I can this season. I really hope I get the opportunity to compete in Canada and defend my title for the potential to represent Canada at Worlds again this year!
Flowboarders.com: Will you be chasing the Men’s Title this season?
Kade: After thinking it over, I’m going to declare Pro this season. I want to push the limits and challenge myself. This will also open the doors for others to have success in the amateur ranks, it’s important to me to see the sport and competition participation increase.
Flowboarders.com: That is an interesting way to look at it. What advice would you give to flowboarding looking to join the competitions?
Kade: Biggest advice I could give someone new to the FLOW Tour would be to not focus on winning, just go out there to have fun! Don’t get my wrong, I appreciate winning and thankful for good results but you can’t let that go to your head and take away from the initial reason you started riding. Hanging out, riding with friends and just enjoying the atmosphere is what it’s all about.
If you are like us and can’t wait to see Kade “The Candian” on the wave, check out his edits and follow him on social media!