National Champions crowned at ‘Lazy Days’ National Surf Championship Barbados
The Barbados Surfing Association crowned its National Champions at the world famous Soup Bowl in Bathsheba on September 22nd. The weather was perfect, however the wave conditions were challenging for the surfers. The waist to chest high waves favored the lighter junior surfers as they secured their positions in the finals.
The Open Men’s National Champion 2012 is Dane Mackie (9.33). Dane has been at the top of the podium more than any other surfer for the year and finished the year in fine form, with his radical, progressive maneuvers. Second was Danny Edghill (8.5) who had a great day reaching four finals. Danny continues to perform his explosive maneuvers and is always exciting to watch. Bruce Mackie (7.77) was third, showing his powerful fins out maneuvers along with Stephan Corbin (5.67) who finished fourth. Stephan had one of the highest scoring maneuvers of the day, the judges however felt the lighter teenagers maintained their speed, and flow allowing them to make the connections in the difficult conditions.
The Open Women’s National Championship was won by Chelsea Roett (6.67) with her extensive competition experience and her trademark power turns. Melanie Pitcher (4.87) showed good form in the difficult conditions to just edge out a determined Maharaki Marie- Joseph (4.73)
In the U18 division Danny Edghill (11.83) would step up to become the National Champion. This was Danny’s first win in the division for the year, and we know he will be looking for more. Second was Dane Mackie (10.27), Dane seemed to be fighting off the flu and did well to reach three finals. Third was the precise and consistent Ché Allan (8.53). Fourth was Caelum Blandford (6.0) with big powerful carves.
The U16 National Champion was the youngster Ché Allan (9.37). He would use his speed and vertical maneuvers to hold off Danny Edghill (8.63) second and Dane Mackie (8.5) third, in the closest final of the day. Fourth was Jacob Burke(6.43) who was impressive all day causing some upsets to reach the final.
In the U12 Zander Venezia (8.5) would be crowned the U12 National Champion. Zander would show his dominance in the division by winning by two whole points. Jacob Burke (6.4) would finish second showing nice flow in his maneuvers. Third was Liam Grant (4.67) Liam has a great style and is progressing rapidly. Fourth was the unstoppable Caleb Rapson who hit some big lips in the final.
Taking his second national title for the day Danny Edghill would show his versatility by winning the Long Board Division. Newcomer and crowd favorite Jayson Betham would finish a popular second.
The Barbados Surfing Association has one remaining event for the year, The Independence Pro to be held November 30th to December 2nd at Soup Bowl Bathsheba, this event attracts surfers both regionally and internationally and this year is no exception with accommodation already been booked by overseas competitors. The BSA would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors for their support throughout the year and look forward to a successful Independence Pro.