Mackie & Tuach finish series with wins
The third and final event of the Barbados Surfing Association (BSA) SOTY (Surfer of the Year) Series was held at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba in July. This series is used to pick the National teams that will be travelling to the ISA World Junior Games. The decision was taken to complete this series early in the year, so that a more intense and comprehensive training programme could be developed for the national athletes to enable them to be in top form for this international contest in 2013.
Dane Mackie continued his dominant form winning all four divisions- U16 ,U18, U21 and Open Mens. The waves have been excellent in the last two contests at Soup Bowl, and the surfers again showed why Barbados is the leading surf nation in the Caribbean. Dane surfed consistently all day with wave scores in the six and seven point range. In the Open Mens Dane Mackie (12.83) would take the win from progressive surfer, Danny Edghill (10.17), while Evan Moll (7.50), who is refining his excellent surfing skills, was third and Joshua Galt (7.43) was fourth, continuing to show he is a serious contender in all the divisions.
Dane Mackie (13.17) would win the Under 21 final with a heat score double that of his nearest competitor, Caelum Blandford (6.73) who was second and had a great contest completing some big airs and pushing good friend Danny Edghill (6.23) into third place and Josh Galt (5.93) into fourth.
In the Under 18, Dane Mackie (10.87) continued his winning ways, but by the narrowest of margins over Ché Allan (9.77) who was second. Ché and Dane recorded the highest heat scores throughout the day, showing why they are the two highest ranked juniors on the island. Third was Danny Edghill (7.40) and fourth Caelum Blandford (5.77).
In the Under 16, Dane Mackie (10.47) would take his fourth winl for the day, Ché Allan (9.03) was second swapping wave for wave with Dane. Danny Edghill (7.90) was third making all four finals for the day. Andrew Rose (6.97) fourth, surfed well to qualify for the final.
In the Under 12, Zander Venezia (8.60), surfing beyond his years would win with fine form. The new kids on the break would round out the final. Liam Grant (6.73) second, would surf passionately all day. Andrew Gill (4.70) third was a first time finalist, while Jaedon Branker (3.73) fourth. We expect to see a lot more from these keen youngsters.
Chelsea Tuach (10.60) would take the Under 18 Girls’ Division. Chelsea, who can always be counted on to shine at Soup Bowl, put down some dynamic maneuvers. She then helped the two 11 year olds, Roma Bellori (4.6) second and Giselle Allan (3.03) third to find waves in the tricky conditions. Tuach also went on to take the win in the Open Ladies’ Division .
In the Under 14 Girls, Roma Bellori would be first and Giselle Allan second. The number of girls surfing is on the increase but it appears Soup Bowls reputation is keeping them at bay.
The final standings of the SOTY series will be released shortly as well as the results from the Caribbean Championship, which will be completed in Jamaica July 21st-22nd.
Photos by Mark Harris