Mackie and Tuach Soup Bowl Winners at the second Barbados Surfer of the Year Event
The Barbados Surfing Association (BSA) held their second SOTY (Surfer Of The Year) event at the world famous Soup Bowl, Bathsheba. The waves were waist to chest high and semi clean for the day. The surfers had no problem finding waves to show their repertoire of maneuvers. The surfing was very competitive with contest director, Nicholas Donawa, commenting that this was a reflection of how the level of surfing has jumped since the beginning of the year. Head Judge Elvis “Trot” Carter and his panel of Seven ISA Qualified judges were kept busy with some high quality surfing with excellent sportsmanship as not a single interference was called for the day.
Open Men’s would be won by Bruce Mackie (11.57), throwing the most spray and using his trademark 360′s, just to put a finishing touch on some of his excellent waves. Bruce was intent on keeping his winning streak going after completing a very successful contest held recently in Trinidad. Danny Edghill (7.30) put some of his free surfing magic into a contest final to pull off second place, just ahead of Dane Mackie (7.17), who would go on to win the Under 21 and Under 18 divisions. Fourth in the open men’s was Josh Burke (4.67).
The Open Women and the Under 18 Girls was won by an in form Chelsea Tuach, just back from a coaching camp in Costa Rica, where she also scored a double win in their local series. Chelsea Tuach (8.40) would win the Open Women from Barbados’s other female surfing star Chelsea Roett (6.40). The
Under 18 Girls was a similar battle with Chelsea Tuach (9.10) winning and Chelsea Roett (6.73) second. In this Under 18 final three very young girls at 10 and 11 years old braved Soup Bowl. They finished with Giselle Allan third, Roma Bellori fourth and Gabriella Gittens fifth. These very keen young ladies also contested the Under 14 Girls, with Giselle Allan taking the win, followed by Roma Bellori second and Gabriella Gittens third.
In the Under 21 final Dane Mackie (10.57) came out with the radical and risky maneuvers the judges were looking for to win and get the better of older brother Bruce Mackie (9.50), who finished second. Ahead of first time finalist in this division, Dylan Downie (4.90), who caused some major upsets on the way to the final. The loan girl in this final, Chelsea Roett (4.43) finished fourth and also performed well in the opening rounds.
The Under 18 Boys final saw a battle develop between two of Barbados’ leading Junior National Team members, Dane Mackie (11.33) would take the final, swapping wave for wave with young Ché Allan (10.67) who finished second. Third was the improving and consistent Josh Galt (7.0) and fourth was Danny Edghill (5.93).
In the Under 16 Boys the battle continued with Ché Allan (11.23) getting the better of the older boys. He is also fresh off a recent win in the Trinidad contest. Dane Mackie (8.47) was second. Third was Josh Burke (8.10) and fourth was Josh Galt (6.77).
The Under 12 Boys was won by Zander Venezia (7.43) who put together a repertoire of clean, crisp maneuvers. Second was Jacob Burke (5.90) with his usual exciting surfing. Third by the narrowest margin was Caleb Rapson (5.83), always a crowd favorite. Liam Grant (4.43) was fourth and continues to show great potential in his clean, mature surfing.
The brave young men of the Under 10 Boys surfed overhead waves all day. This dedication to the sport is to be admired. In the end, it was Caleb Rapson (6.60) first, from Josh Tempro (4.43) second and first timer at Soup Bowl, Joseph Crayston finished 3rd.
The third and final SOTY event, the series that is used to select the National teams will be held on 7th July at venue to be announced.
Photos by Mark Harris