• Today
    December 13

  • 03:21 AM

California champions


Added 14 November 2017


Che Allan in action. (FILE)

Barbadian Che Allan booked his place at the World Junior Surfing Championships after qualifying for the final of the World Surf League (WSL) Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia at the Soup Bowl on Sunday.

It was special finals day as Americans Cole Houshmand and Kirra Pinkerton were crowned champions.

The San Clemente, California sweep earned both Houshmand and Pinkerton their first ever Pro Junior wins in amazing fashion.

Pinkerton’s win moved her up the rankings to No. 2 and clinched a spot into the World Junior Surfing Championships over fellow American Samantha Sibley.

Conditions proved tricky for competitors as Soup Bowl’s shifting peaks continued to surprise, but the best was saved for last.

The men’s Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory Of Zander Venezia final witnessed the waves turn on in the opening stages and offered one last flurry of waves at the end that ultimately earned Houshmand a massive win.

“That was such a crazy final and to win my first pro junior event at Soup Bowl is amazing,” Houshmand said. “The people, this wave, this place as a community is incredible and I can’t imagine a better way to end this year. This win is so special just being in memory of Zander [Venezia] – it’s a big honour to earn this one.”

With Gunter and Allan both making the final, each of them have punched their tickets to the World Junior Championships as Allan finished ranked No. 3 and Gunter No. 4 – joining North America regional junior champion Ryland Rubens and No. 2 John Mel.

Prior to the men’s final, the junior women had a remarkable concluding event of their own that witnessed Pinkerton take down Americans No. 1 ranked Alyssa Spencer, No. 2 ranked Samantha Sibley and an in-form Rachel Presti.

Pinkerton’s incredible finals performance earned her a maiden junior tour win.

“It feels amazing to win my first junior event and to do it here is extremely special,” Pinkerton said. “I saw a left that Rachel [Presti] got in her semi-final heat and when that left came in the beginning I just had to give it a shot, which worked out great.”

In honour of the late Zander Venezia, the Venezia family founded the Zander Venezia Foundation to aid and assist disabled and underprivileged children throughout Barbados.

“Zander’s short but incredible time here on Earth has had a ripple effect on so many people, crossing borders of nationality and age,” Zander’s father, Louis, said. “All the donations will go directly to helping these children that Zander was touched so deeply by, causing that ripple effect to become a tidal wave of love for the less fortunate.” (PR/HG)


Dos and Donts

Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus


Do you think that trade unions have done enough to ensure retrenched workers are not disadvantaged?