CALIFORNIA – Barbados’ Chelsea Tuach has emerged at the top of the North American Pro Junior Series 2013 surfing rankings.
The talented surfer entered the 2013 ASP North America Pro Junior Series as a low seed, but quickly established herself as a threat on the regional tour. While Tuach was forced to sit out of the US Open of Surfing Pro Junior, the Bajan’s win in Florida would prove to be enough to solidify her position atop the rankings.
“Winning the North American Pro Junior Series felt great and gave me a lot of confidence because my goal for this year was to qualify for the ASP World Juniors,” Tuach said. “I am really excited to push my surfing and see how I compete with the girls on an international level. I watched the ASP World Juniors last year, and the level was so high that it inspired me to really work hard and better my surfing so that for this year, I would be ready to compete with the best juniors and hopefully get a great result in Brazil.”
In addition, Tuach’s run to the ASP North America Pro Junior Series Women’s title places her as a frontrunner of budding talent emerging from the Caribbean.
“It’s an honour for me to represent my little island whenever I travel overseas and show everyone that we do have a lot of talented up and coming surfers from Barbados and we are starting to make our mark in the surfing world. Coming from Barbados to compete is definitely different, having to deal with wetsuits and crowded waves, but it’s an eye opener and a great experience going up against so many more talented girls as we only have a few in Barbados.”
Tuach is beginning to launch a campaign on the Women’s ASP Qualifying Series and hopes to carry the confidence from her regional success over to her international campaign.
“Winning the North American Junior Series was definitely a step in the right direction, it gave me a lot of confidence going into the QS events and I was excited to see how I compare at a higher level and how much
further I have to go.”
Tuach will compete at the Floripa/SC ASP World Junior at Joaquina Beach in Floripa, Brazil from October 29 through November 5, 2013.