Bajan Junior Surfer JOSH BURKE CHOSEN FOR SURFING MAGAZINE ELITE GROUP
Barbados 2010 & 2011, U-16 & U-18 National Junior Champion Josh Burke has been invited to the Central America country of Nicaragua (known for its world class waves) by one of the world’s leading Surfing Publications Surfing Magazine to star in an article/video show casing the Americas next generation of Surfing powers.
Jimmy Wilson, Associate Photo Editor of Surfing Magazine says “the idea for the trip is basically to get America’s best talent around age 14 and showcase that next generation for the first time in Surfing Magazine. We wanted to keep it regional by having Hawaii, California and the East Coast all represented. When researching who to bring from the east coast,even though Josh is from Barbados, the fact that he’s going over to the US for all the contests links him into this bracket. After seeing some video of him on the internet and hearing some opinions from various team managers as well as the staff at ESM (Eastern Surf Magazine), we decided it would be fitting to include him with leading World juniors Seth Moniz, Griffin Colapinto, Jake Marshall ,Kanoa Igarashi and ISA World Junior Champion Kalani David, who are setting themselves apart as the best Juniors in the nation”.
The 15 yr old St.Winifreds student who is sponsored by Billabong, LIME, X-TRAK, EPI-DRY, Reef, Futures, Nixon, VZ & Burkie Boards has been creating quite a stir on the International surfing scene, having recently been invited to Hawaii, Indonesia, California for the Red Bull Camp and also created history by becoming the first junior surfer from Barbados to ever qualify for the NSSA US National Finals. Burke says “It’s been an amazing journey already, I am blessed to have the opportunity to be traveling all over the world doing something I love and its truly an honor to be invited on this trip with these surfers that I already look up to, I wish to thank all my sponsors”.
Wilson continues “We’re stoked to have Josh on this trip and I think this will be a great opportunity for the kids to get some well deserved exposure, push their level of surfing, and also kickstart some relationships with peers that could end up lasting a lifetime”.