Barbados’ Che Allan surfed to new heights this weekend in the Los Cabos Open of Surf Men’s Pro Junior in Mexico taking the championship from an International field of 48 surfers.
The event hosted the best 18 and under surfers from North America, Hawaii, South America and the Caribbean. This is Allan’s second win in a WSL Mens Junior Pro, a first for any Barbadian.
Allan, the No. 1 seed, demolished what Zippers had to offer him with a near-perfect heat total of 19.03, earning a 9.70 along the way with one judge awarding him his first 10 in a WSL contest.
The Barbadian’s backhand looked unstoppable when he needed it most, coming off a tough result at the first event earlier this year.
In the quarterfinal, he had to dig deep when the waves did not go his way and indeed that was the only heat he did not win for the contest, but advanced in second spot to the semis. He then won both the semifinal and the final with high seven and eight wave scores.
This catapults Allan up the rankings to No. 2 in the North American region and gives him a real shot at qualifying for the World Junior Championship in Australia again this year, where he finished fifth in the world for 2016.
“After that first contest I just went home and regrouped then came here wanting to win so bad, that’s all I wanted, so to do that is unbelievable. Hopefully I can go through the rest of the year with a lot more confidence now and try to qualify for Worlds again. I got nervous thinking I peaked too early in that first heat and had a slow quarterfinal yesterday, but I got my form back in the semifinals and finals which is what mattered,” Allan said.
He added: “I’ll just have to get back to square one now and not get ahead of myself heading into the US Open. It’ll be good to go home and regroup again before getting to Huntington early to practise early. That’s always such a big event with all the internationals there and I’m looking forward to competing against them again.”