by Anmar Goodridge-Boyce
Josh Burke has been slapped with a ban from all local surfing competitions for the remainder of this year.
President of the Barbados Surfing Association (BSA) Paul Bourne confirmed the news to BARBADOS TODAY moments ago, after a meeting between BSA officials, the athlete and a representative, along with the Barbados Olympic Association.
Bourne said the disciplinary action against Barbados’ best surfer is with immediate effect following a reported allegation which suggest that Burke and coach Allan Burke left their national duties in Panama at the 2023 Pan American Surfing Games in a premature fashion while still in the competition.
“The end result is we have decided to ban Josh with immediate effect from all surfing competitions locally for the rest of the year,” Bourne stated in a brief comment.
Burke was also pulled from the Barbados surfing squad set to leave the island in the next two weeks for the World Surfing Games in El Salvador.