Josh Burke (FILE)
BARBADOS’ PROMISING surfer Josh Burke is making a splash on the international waves.
The top-ranked surfer on the World Surf League men’s qualifying series is the first Barbadian to make qualification into the prestigious event on the Volcom Pipe Pro 3000 at the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
“When my dad gave me the news, I had a few different feelings go through me. I felt excited and nervous at the same time. I have always dreamt of competing at the Pipe Pro, however, I didn’t think it would happen so quickly,” Burke said.
Burke, who trains at Flawless Performance gym while at home, is an ambassador for Billabong apparel and Reef footwear and also represents international brands Dakine accessories, Rich Price Surfboards, VZ eyewear, Nixon watches and Futures Fins.
“I have been going to Hawaii every year since I was 14 to train under the Billabong programme ‘Bloodlines’. One year I went twice, competing in the WSL Pipe Pro Junior, making the semi-finals, placing fifth overall, so I have a bit of experience out there. But that wave is so difficult and nerve-racking that I would be lying to say I am not nervous,” the 19-year-old said.
Burke’s 2017 campaign begins next week in California before he heads to Hawaii, China, Australia and Florida. (PR)