Burke bags two more crowns
MAKE THAT TWO more titles for Josh Burke.
One of Barbados’ best young wave riders continues to make his presence felt on the surfing arena after winning the Men’s Open and Airshow crowns of the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s (NSSA) Caribbean Conference at South Point over the weekend.
Vying for coveted spots in April’s NSSA East Coast Regional Championships in New Smyrna Beach, Burke first edged Dane Mackie for the open title after displaying a powerful above the lip repertoire on both the lefts and the rights.
He returned to take the Airshow crown with a front-side 180° air reverse and a huge inverted air reverse, beating Mackie and Andrew Rose into second and third, respectively.
In the Open Women’s competition, Chelsea Roett beat fellow national team member Gabrielle Gittens by showing great vertical technique.
Jacob Burke was the eventual champ in the Open Juniors when he sniffed out some of the best barrels on offer to smoke every wave with his powerful backside approach. Zander Venezia edged Rose for second before going on to capture the Open Boys 12-and-under category.
Conference director Alan Burke opened the inaugural event by welcoming competitors, saying the NSSA and Barbados Junior Surfing Club viewed the meet as a catalyst for the development of junior surfing in the Caribbean. (PR/JM)