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BARBADOS surfing 2007
LOCAL SURFERS got the opportunity last weekend to pit their skills against regional surfers in the just concluded Caribbean Surf Network's 2007 Suzuki Soup Bowl Pro at the Soup Bowl, Bathsheba.
In the end, the locals dominated the show with the Soup Bowl's own Mark Holder taking the championship trophy in the Men's Open Division.
Looking back on the event, Nick Donawa, one of the organisers of the Caribbean Surf Network, commented on the small conditions that plagued the first day of the contest.
"We are accustomed to knowing Soup Bowl as a big wave venue, but with competition surfing the best surfers have to perform in whatever conditions," he said.
"What they [the conditions] do is level the playing field where the young kids have the advantage in that they don't have that much weight."
Donawa said he was pleased with the turnout in the bodyboard and ladies' divisions.
"With the local knowledge, they [local surfers] do have an advantage over the international surfers, but we're still not seeing the local entrants."
The organiser also said the event was poised to grow even more next year with four events in three islands slated for 2008.
"We're going back to Trinidad in late February, then Drill Hall beach in Easter, Jamaica in mid-July and then back in Soup Bowl," he said.
"We will see this progress and hopefully in 2009 we will add two more islands," he added. < Read more >
Date September 19, 2007 Compliments of the Nation
The two-day event brought out veterans and promising youngsters and saw action in nine events.
In the end, Stefan Corbin took the pride of place in two events including the prestigious Men's Open division.
November 2006 Compliments of the Nation News
RIDING HIGH! There are some events on the Barbados sporting calendar, that, rain fall or sun shine, continue to put this island on the map. One of those is the annual Independence Pro Surfing Championships at the Soup Bowl in Bathsheba, St Joseph. The event was renamed the Reef Surfing Classic this year, and fans turned out in the hundreds last weekend to witness about 100 surfers from 17 countries make a splash. Barbadian competitors put up a good show, but the overseas competitors were the ones who came away with most of the spoils. Here, Barbadian surfer Jason Holder comes hard off the lip of a wave at the Soup Bowl last weekend.
Date November 07, 2005 by BERNARD BABB Compliments of the Nation News
Holder showed glimpses of his magic as he finished second in his heat behind American Adam Wickwire. In the under-18 boys' division, Lewis St John and Stefan Corbin also kept the local flag flying by booking places in the semi-finals
Barbados as a surfing destination is in line for major exposure through a new sponsorship agreement with a global sponsor.
Reef of Brazil has signed a three-year deal to sponsor the island's major pro-surfing contest, staged annually in November at the Soup Bowl.
The event has been branded the Reef Bowl Barbados Classic, with the backing of one of the world's most recognised brands in the manufacture of sandals and surfing wear. < Read more >
Some of Barbados' best known surfers remained in the hunt for a share of the $20 000 prize money, in the 2005 Reef Bowl Barbados Classic in November 2005. Mark Holder and Peter Hill both qualified for the quarter-finals after outstanding third-round performances at the Soup Bowl.
For a second consecutive yer a surfer from Britain took top honours at the Reef Bowl International Surfing Classic.
Russell Winter executed radical, controlled manoeuvres with power, speed and flow to the delight of the large crowd gathered at the 'Soup Bowl', Bathsheba, to witness this exciting annual event last weekend.
Date November 12, 2005 Compliments of the Nation News
Alan Burke took top honours in the Open, Masters and Longboard Divisions at the Barbados Surfing Association's first contest in the Surfer Of The Year Series held last weekend at South Point.
The divisions contested were the Open, Junior Under-18 Boys, Under-12 Boys and Girls, Ladies, Masters (35 years and over) Bodyboard and Longboard.
Ametza Nicholls became the youngest surfer in the history of the Barbados Surfing Association to gain the title of national champion at age 12 at the national championships on March 12.
Nicholls will be part of the Junior Team participating in the Quik Silver Junior World Championships in Brazil in May 2006.
Barbados' top-ranked Open surfer Peter Hill was third in the 2005 Reef Bowl Barbados Classic he did his country proud to reach the final of what was undoubtedly the highest quality surfing event ever held in Barbados.
ONE of Barbados' most promising junior surfers has done the country proud at a major contest in Florida.
Bruce Mackie, 13, emerged winner of the boys' 13 and Under Division at the Rip Curl GromSearch contest at New Smyrna Beach last weekend.
Over 100 surfers from the United States took part in the contest, which was the eighth preliminary event of its kind from which the top surfers will advance to national finals in California in November. < Read more >
The Barbados Surfing Association was originally founded in 1966 and sent its first team to the inaugural World Surfing Championships in Puerto Rico in 1968. Pictured below the PanAmerican Surfing Championships in 2003, held in Ecuador.
The Barbadian and Jamaican teams get together for a photo op!
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