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BARBADOS surfing 2008
Date May 2008 by Heather-Lynn Evanson Compliments of the Barbados Nation News
NINE OF BARBADOS' top junior surfers leave today for the Quiksilver International Surfing Association's (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championships in France.
The team includes "really good standout performers", head coach Nick Donawa told the DAILY NATION.
"I feel really strong confidence with the team. We did quite a level of training and preparation for this one." < Read more>
In the Juniors' Division, local boys took the top two positions, with Lewis St John and Bruce Mackie placing first and second respectively. Trinidadians Jeffrey Jarvis and O'Neal Coa were third and fourth respectively.
St John also took top honours in the men's final, with Trinidadian Chris Dennis second, Guadeloupe surfer Thibault Bremeol third, while local Bathsheba surfer Mark Holder rounded out the top four.
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LOCAL SURFERS got the opportunity last weekend to pit their skills against regional surfers in the just concluded Caribbean Surf Network's 2007 Suzuki Soup Bowl Pro at the Soup Bowl, Bathsheba.
In the end, the locals dominated the show with the Soup Bowl's own Mark Holder taking the championship trophy in the Men's Open Division.
Looking back on the event, Nick Donawa, one of the organisers of the Caribbean Surf Network, commented on the small conditions that plagued the first day of the contest.
"We are accustomed to knowing Soup Bowl as a big wave venue, but with competition surfing the best surfers have to perform in whatever conditions," he said.
"What they [the conditions] do is level the playing field where the young kids have the advantage in that they don't have that much weight."
Donawa said he was pleased with the turnout in the bodyboard and ladies' divisions.
"With the local knowledge, they [local surfers] do have an advantage over the international surfers, but we're still not seeing the local entrants."
The organiser also said the event was poised to grow even more next year with four events in three islands slated for 2008.
"We're going back to Trinidad in late February, then Drill Hall beach in Easter, Jamaica in mid-July and then back in Soup Bowl," he said.
"We will see this progress and hopefully in 2009 we will add two more islands," he added. < Read more >
Date September 19, 2007 Compliments of the Nation
The two-day event brought out veterans and promising youngsters and saw action in nine events.
In the end, Stefan Corbin took the pride of place in two events including the prestigious Men's Open division.
The Barbados Surfing Association was originally founded in 1966 and sent its first team to the inaugural World Surfing Championships in Puerto Rico in 1968. Pictured below the PanAmerican Surfing Championships in 2003, held in Ecuador.
The Barbadian and Jamaican teams get together for a photo op!
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