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St Winifred’s rule the surf

RIA GOODMAN, riagoodman@nationnews.com

Added 27 April 2016


Zander Venezia gave a fine display of surfing and was the top performer among the Under-16 Boys. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe)

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, the Barbados Surfing Association combined its Scholastics Surfing Championships with one of their Surfer Of The Year events (SOTY) to make it an extremely exciting weekend at Brandens, Drill Hall Beach.

There were entries from 12 schools, in addition to the committed participants of the SOTY Series, who compete throughout the year for the overall championship points. 

By combining these two events it gave the younger children, who were shy and timid to enter a SOTY event, a chance to experience one while competing for their school.

The Under-10 and Under-12 Divisions proved to be quite entertaining throughout the weekend, which had several exciting finals.

St Winifred’s have been the dominant school in surfing for the last decade and that dynasty has now extended to 12 years. The St Michael School was second with the Home School placing third.

Lester Vaughan, Queen’s College, St Gabriel’s, Wills Primary, Harrison College, Lockerby and St Angela’s/Convent completed the top ten.

One of the stars for St Winifred’s was Olivia Warden. The promising 15-year-old was queen of the waves in both the Under-16 and Under-18 divisions.

Winning the premier divisions and holding the two highest wave scores of the event were 21-year-old Chelsea Roett in the Open Women’s Division with an 8.50 and Dane Mackie in the Open Men’s Division with 8.63.

Among the top performers were 14-year-old Zander Venezia, a student of The St Michael School, who was tops in the Under-16 class and second in the Under-18 division. (PR/MK)

Here are the top placings:


1st Kai St. George

2nd  Nikita Petrov

3rd Rafe Gooding


1st Tia Garrett

2nd Erin Stanley

3rd Nikita Petrov

Under-16 Girls

1st Olivia Warden

2nd Roma Bellori

3rd Dayna Gibbs

Under-18 Girls

1st Olivia Warden

2nd Giselle Allen

3rd Dayna Gibbs

Under-16 Boys

1st Zander Venezia

2nd Axe Garrett

3rd Jacob Burke

4th Jack Degruchy

Under-18 Boys – SCHOLASTICS

1st Che Allan

2nd Zander Venezia

3rd Andrew Gill

4th Jacob Burke

Body Board

1st Luke Coomes

2nd Logan Humphrey

3rd Luke Kelshall

4th Jake Kelshall

Long Board

1st Danny Edghill

2nd Peter Hadley

Under-18 Boys – SOTY

1st Che Allan

2nd Zander Venezia

3rd Evan Moll

4th Caleb Rapson

Open Women

1st Chelsea Roett

2nd Olivia Warden

3rd Gabriella Gittens

4 Kelsey Pitcher

Open Men

1st Dane Mackie

2nd Daniel Edghil

3rd Bruce Mackie

4th Che Allan

Stand Up Paddle

1st Kevin Talma

2nd Daniel Edghill

3rd Jason Cole

4th Adrian Howard


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