Allan and Roett rule at Bowl
CHE ALLAN and Chelsea Roett were crowned men’s and women’s champions at the Barbados Surfing Association’s National Championships at the Soup Bowl, last weekend.
In a very exciting open men’s final, Allan emerged the winner after showcasing his back hand attack against Jacob Burke, who was second as well as Bruce Mackie and Joshua Burke, who were third and fourth respectively.
The final was filled with explosive, radical, and progressive manoeuvres as the heat winner separated himself with a total heat score of 14.90 while the next three positions were separated by only a fraction of a point.
Roett won the open women’s championship for the third consecutive year as she showcased her trademark power manoeuvres to post a total score of 12.25.
She was followed by Gabriela Gittens, who placed second with Dana Gibbs grabbing third position.
In the Under-18 Boys’ division, Jacob Burke claimed the title, using his speed and explosive manoeuvres to triumph from.
Axe Garrett took second place, fighting off Caleb Rapson, who had to settle for third with newcomer Lance Bourne fourth.
Gittens gave a dominant display of surfing to win the Under-18 Girls’ division from Giselle Allan and Gibbs, who were second and third respectively.
The Under-16 Boys’ also showcased Barbados’ very strong up and coming talent with Garrett securing the title. Caleb Rapson and Lance Bourne finished close behind in second and third with Tai Garrett nipping at their heels in fourth.
A determined Gittens claimed her second national title for the day by edging out Giselle Allan for the Under-16 Girls’ crown.
The Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Division, now a defined category in association’s events, was won again for the second year by Kevin Talma. He narrowly pipped Jason Coles, where a more 0.80 score separated the first two positions.
Trawayne Walcott, Adrian Howard and Kobi Talma were third, fourth and fifth respectively.
In the 12 and Under division of emerging gromets, Kai St George regained his national title as he showed total focus and dominance.
Warren Povey finished a close second, followed by Jaden Hill and Rafe Gooding, who surfed away with the third and fourth positions. (EZS/PR)