The Barbados Surfing Association held its second Surfer of the Year Series (SOTY) event for 2018 sponsored by Hyundai last Saturday at the Drill Hall.
Conditions were ever-changing but as always the Drill Hall delivered a very contestable wave throughout the day providing exciting heats especially for the men’s final which saw the likes of Dane Mackie, Che Allan, Bruce Mackie and Caleb Rapson in action. This final was the most exciting of the day with explosive manoeuvres from each of these competitors. The final tabulation showed Dane Mackie snatching the win from Allan who placed second followed very closely by Bruce Mackie in third and Rapson in fourth.
The Open Women’s Final was once again dominated by Chelsea Roett who took command from the start with her powerful manoeuvres taking the win followed by Giselle Allan and Gabriella Gittens in second and third place respectively.
The youngest division being the 12 and Under Open is always fun to watch and showcases some of Barbados’ future stars. In the final, Warren Povey took the lead from early to win, with Rafe Gooding having to settle for second. Close behind was Jayden Hill in third, Kai St George in fourth and Sam Branker in fifth.
The Under 16 girls division was won by Gabriella Gittens and taking home second was Olivia Rapson who is a very eager newcomer to competition.
As always the Under 16 boys showcased the very strong up and coming talent with Rapson taking the win from Ocean Gittens in second with a mere 1.0 separating the two and Lance Bourne taking third ahead of Kai St George with just a 0.15 separating third and fourth.
In the Under 18 girls Gabriella Gittens held on to the win over Giselle Allan who placed second.
Axe Garrett, with some impressive surfing, rode off with the win in the Under 18 Boys final, followed by Rapson, Ocean Gittens and Lance Bourne who settled for second, third and fourth respectively
The Stand Up Paddle division final was lead by Tremaine Walcott displaying his skill to secure the win from Kevin Talma, Jason Cole and Jacob Bennema who placed second, third and fourth respectively. (PR)