Partial Jamaican team for World Masters Surfing

Partial Jamaican team for World Masters Surfing

Written by Editor

Topics: Sports, Surfing

Jamaica Surfing Association (JSA) president Anthony “Billy” Wilmot and David Lee have secured funding to participate in the 2011 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Masters Surfing Championships (WMSC) scheduled for El Salvador from October 16 to 24. However, it is still yet to be determined if the remaining six slots for a full complement of national representatives will be filled.

A full team consists of eight (8) surfers – one female Master (35+), two male Masters (35+), two male Grand Masters (40+), two male Kahunas (45+) and one male Grand Kahuna (50+). Wilmot will compete in the Kahunas division and Lee will surf in the Masters division.

“We still are awaiting confirmation from Terrence Muschett, Nigel Benjamin and Drum Drummond…Jamaica has been represented at every WMSC event since it was introduced by the ISA in 2007, when Jamaica fielded a complete team and made the top 10 with a respectable 9th place finish in Rincon Puerto Rico,” stated Wilmot.

Anthony "Billy" Wilmot, President of the Jamaica Surfing Association (JSA)

In the 2008 WMSC in Peru, Jamaica fielded another full team but slipped two places to 11th in the world. The competition was not staged in 2009, and in the following year Jamaica could only send three representatives and slipped a further three places to 15th.

“With only a partial team this year it is going to be a formidable challenge to better our last result, considering the calibre of surfers now being fielded by participating nations,” said Wilmot.

With a ranking of 11th in the Kahunas division, Wilmot is Jamaica’s highest ranked master surfer. This year will mark Lee’s first time representing Jamaica. The JSA is a beneficiary of funding from the Sports Development Foundation.

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