Makka Pro surfing raises profile of St. Thomas

Makka Pro surfing raises profile of St. Thomas

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Topics: Sports, Surfing

Jamaica’s own Imani Wilmot and American Jensen Callaway conquered the waves at the Jamaica Surfing Association’s (JSA) 5th annual Makka Pro surfing contest, which was held at the Makka surfing beach in Southaven, Yallahs, St. Thomas on July 30-31. Imani became the first Jamaican to secure the top spot in the Women’s Open Division, beating out her fellow Jamaican Danielle Ohayo (2nd), Americans Leslie Dickerson (3rd) and Alexis Lautkzer (4th) and Jamaican Elim Beckford. Last season’s champion, Chelsea Tauch of Barbados, was not present at the event.

Imani Wilmot, winner of the Women's Open, Makka Pro 2011 (Contributed Photo)

Jensen Callaway, winner of the Men's Open, Makka Pro 2011 (Contributed Photo)

Imani Wilmot (left) and Jensen Callaway, winners of the Makka Pro 2011 surfing contest.

Americans Jensen Callaway and Jeremy Johnson finished in the top two spots of the Men’s Open Division, after facing stiff competition from 3rd and 4th place finishers Josh Burke of Barbados and the 2010 Makka Pro Champion, Jamaica’s Icah Wilmot.

In the Junior Division, Barbados’ Jordan Heaselgrave and Josh Burke secured the top two spots and stamped their dominance over Jamaica’s Shane Simmonds (3rd) and Ackeam Phillips (4th).

Icah Wilmot, 2010 Makka Pro champion, finished 4th this year behind Americans Jensen Callaway and Jeremey Johnston and young Barbadian phenom Josh Burke.

Jordan Heaselgrave of Barbados took the Junior Division at Makka Pro 2011

Josh Burke of Barbados finished 2nd in in the Junior Division and 3rd in the Men's Open Division at Makka Pro 2011

American Jeremy Johnston finished 2nd in the Men's Open Division.

Spectators came out in their numbers to witness world class surfing performances from the region’s top athletes in waves ranging from two to four feet. Intermittent rain squalls kept things interesting as competitive action out in the water had the crowd cheering on their favorite athletes, who were vying for cash, prizes and the Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series (WAPSS) points on offer.

JSA president Billy Wilmot expressed the view that the continued success of the Makka Pro event has served to raise the profile of the parish of St. Thomas, and by extension Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.

“The Makka Pro has become the biggest public spectacle in St. Thomas…With corporate confidence in our efforts building steadily at each renewal, it is now a major calendar event for St. Thomas, Jamaica, the Caribbean region and the world surfing community,” said Wilmot.

From left: Jordan Heaselgrave of Barbados, winner of the Junior Division, Jamaica's Imani Wilmot, winner of the Women Open Division, and Jensen Callaway of America, winner of the Men''s Open Division at Makka Pro 2011

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