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Burke gearing up for US Open

rhondathompson, rhondathompson@nationnews.com

Added 22 July 2014

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SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD JOSH BURKE will be looking to make more surfing history for Barbados this upcoming week in the US Open Surfing Championships, which will start Saturday and conclude the following Sunday, at Huntington Beach. Much will be expected from Burke, one of few Barbadian male surfers to ever qualify in the US Open ASP junior division, which is the highest level of men’s professional surfing in the Under-21 category. The young wave rider goes into the event ranked 29th with a maximum of 64 of the world’s best junior professional surfers also qualifying. Burke is currently in Tahiti with his major sponsor Billabong, training with the Billabong Bloodlines crew, and filming for the upcoming Grom (junior surfer) Surfing movie. The leading surfing publication Surfing Magazine received word of his confirmation into the ASP Junior US Open surfing event just before his departure for the French Island. “I am so excited and thrilled to qualify for this event especially after last year I was on the alternate list and narrowly missed out,” Burke said about his chance to shine at one of the world’s most renown surfing spots. “Huntington is a really fickle break. The waves peak everywhere and are difficult to read.” “My new Rich Price surfboards are working really good and I am happy with my performance at the recent NSSA National Finals, making two finals and the quarter finals in the open men’s, so I’m taking some confidence with me. I just need a little luck on my side,” Burke added. “However, my immediate focus right now is on this upcoming Tahiti trip as the forecast is showing ten foot plus waves at one of the world’s most dangerous surfing spots, Teahupoo (pronounced Cho-poo) where we will be surfing on the very first day of arrival.” (CJ/DB)  

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