Barbadian Che Allan was the only one to break a complete sweep of the top ten places by the United States in the opening round of the Thomo QS. ( Photos compliments of Andrew Nichols of Florida.)
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PREDICTABLY, mighty United States ruled the pristine conditions and waves on the East Coast at Bathsheba yesterday, but not a single hometown boy advanced to the quarter-finals of the Live Like Zander Pro surfing event at the Soup Bowl.
Jacob Burke, Caleb Rapson and Ocean Gittens all failed to make it through to the quarters of the event named in memory of Barbadian surfer Alexander Venezia, who died last September.
The United States landed 14 of the last 16 spots, with Japanese-American Taro Watanabe, delivering the best wave score of the day, an impressive 9.5, that comprised four impressive manoeuvres.
Burke was arguably the best of the Barbadian juniors on show, but he had to settle for third place in Heat 5 behind Crosby Colapinto of the United States and Thomas Debierre of France.
This event for entrants under the age of 18, carries a first prize cheque of US$2 500. (MK)
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