WSM: Let’s start with our typical interview questions. What’s your name, where are you from, and how long have you been wakesurfing?
Doum: Dominic Lagace (Hi5), I’m from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada and I’ve been wakesurfing for more than 15 years.
WSM: What all languages do you speak?
Doum: French, English, and Spanish.
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WSM: Prior to wakesurfing, were you doing any other towed watersports?
Doum: Yes, wakeboarding.
WSM: Take us through your warm up. What do you do before you start riding?
Doum:. I try to stretch a bit in my bed.
WSM: You recently competed in the World Wakesurf Championship in Kelowna, BC. You had a stellar run but still somehow weren’t quite able to get on the podium. Is the level of riding in recent years higher than in the past?
Doum: It is better and bigger every year. I was happy to make the top 6!
WSM: Where do you normally ride at? It seems like you’re always traveling!
Doum: I have my own wakeschool, Hi5, in Quebec, but I’m all over the world for private lessons, contests, and demos.
WSM: You teach all over the world, as in internationally? Where can people go to get more info and get in contact with you?
Doum: Absolutely, it’s always a blast! They can go to my website at www.dominiclagace-wakesurf.com to get more info and get in contact with me. Let’s shred!
WSM: Take us back to when you were just starting out. What was it like when you first started?
Doum: In the beginning, we didn’t even know that a 360 was possible, or even letting go the rope because we didn’t even know the boat set up, speed, length of rope… etc. There was no video and the boat wasn’t making a good wave. Today it’s so easy!
WSM: Do you remember the first time you experienced wakesurfing? Were you immediately hooked?
Doum: Of course! I was already ocean surfing so I was really hooked on wakesurfing too. That was the only way to surf when you don’t live on the ocean.
WSM: Tell us about your sponsors. What’s your board and boat setup?
Doum: My boat is a Tigé Z1 using stock ballast and my board is my Liquid Force Pro Model, the Supertramp.
WSM: If you could take one celebrity wakesurfing with you who would it be and why?
Doum: Xavier Rudd. He is a good surfer and I love his music!
WSM: If you had your choice of music when riding, what would it be?
Doum: Xavier Rudd
WSM: We have to ask about the Hi-5 Flip. Do you have any idea how many times you attempted that trick before getting it?
Doum: I’m not sure the exact number but it took a while. If it was easy someone else would have landed it.
WSM: Do you think we’ll ever see more flip tricks?
Doum: I’m sure, and I hope so for the future of the sport!
WSM: Where would you like to see wakesurfing go in the future?
Doum: Way different with fewer divisions at competitions.
WSM: What advice would you give a newcomer to the sport that’s looking to progress and learn new tricks?
Doum: Do it because you love it!
WSM: What are you working on now, anything you feel like lettings us know about?
Doum: I’m working on growing the sport and teaching people.
WSM: Do you have any sponsors, friends, or family you’d like to thank?
Doum: Yes! Philippe from Hi5 wakesurf, all the support from my friends and family, and my sponsors – I couldn’t do it without them! Tigé boats – Liquid Force – Drummondville Marine – S3 Board Shop – Rip curl
WSM: Would you like to plug any social media?