Barbados Junior Surfers shine at ISA World Junior Surfing Championships
The Barbados Nissan Junior Surf Team has been impressive at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships being held in Punta Hermosa, Peru. Barbados’ top ranked female surfer, Chelsea Tuach is leading the charge and has already qualified for the Fourth round of competition having defeated top surfers from South Africa, Brazil and New Zealand. Already in the top 16 out of 80 of the World’s best Under 18 Girls, Chelsea is the highest ranking of any Junior surfer in Barbados since the inception of the World Junior Championships in 2003.
Also surfing strongly is Tuach’s namesake, Chelsea Roett. She was knocked into the Repercharge Rounds after the first round but has steadily progressed to Repercharge 5, placing her in the top 22 Under 18 Girls in the world. She is also the recipient of an ISA Scholarship which she applied for through the Barbados Surfing Association.
On the Boy’s side of the beach, top ranked Danny Edghill‘s performance has been outstanding. He ended 65th out of 113 under 18 Boys having progressed to Repercharge 2. In the U 16 Boys, he progressed to Qualifying round 3 . Knocked out in this round, he found himself in Repercharge 4, where he placed 4th. He is now placed 31st out of 96 of the world’s best surfers.
Two of the youngest competitors in the event, thirteen year old Dane Mackie and twelve year old Ché Allan, probably the youngest competitor, impressed the spectators with their skill on the waves. Both made it to Repercharge 2 of the Under 18 Division ending with a ranking of 81 out of 113. In the Under 16 Division Dane Mackie achieved a world ranking of 49 and Ché 61 out of 96 of the world’s best U16 surfers.
Caelum Blandford put in an impressive performance in the U18 Boys Division making it to Repercharge 3 and ending up ranked 57th in the world in this Division. In the U16 Boys Division he is ranked 85th out of 96 of the world’s best surfers.
The Team continues to move forward and have moved our nation from its 21st position to 12th position out of the 27 nations. GO BARBADOS!!!