Young Jamaican surfer Garren Pryce from Bull Bay, St. Andrew, has emerged as the 2011 National Junior Surfing Champion. South Coast surfers dominated the season this year, with Garren, Ivah Wilmot and Armani Green nabbing the top three spots. Boston’s standout junior Akeem Taylor and South Coast ripper Elishama Beckford, who both missed an event this season, were relegated to 4th and 5th place respectively.
The junior championship season consists of three events organised by the Jamaica Surfing Association (JSA) on the northeast and southeast coasts at popular surfing beaches. Garren finished the season with a win and two second place finishes, giving him 2720 of the 3000 total possible points. This is Garren’s second hold on the national title, which saw him successfully defending his 2010 crown.
The level of competition was exciting at each event, with the young surfers demonstrating a wide variety of perfected skills, impressing the internationally accredited judging panel. The juniors exhibited all of the sport’s most progressive manoeuvres with style and control.
“The standard of Jamaica’s surfing is improving steadily as a result of the work we have been doing through our Youth Development Program. The kids are surfing at a very high standard and with continued support it will only be a matter of time until one of our Jamaican athletes hit the big time!” said JSA President Billy Wilmot.
He noted that through annual support from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), Insight 51 clothing, Red Bull, Quashi Surfboards, Xtrak deck pads, Magma wax and other loyal supporters, the JSA has been able to work on the junior surfers’ physical, educational and emotional development.
“We have ongoing homework programmes and have carried out fitness training as well as instruction in communication skills and interview techniques. We have brought in top international professional surfers from Hawaii for mentoring sessions, a top surf coach from Brazil for surf technique training and a surf fitness instructor from Puerto Rico to work on physical preparation, which is all paying off as we can clearly see. We expect the JSA’s upcoming 2012 season to be very competitive, considering the rapid rate of improvement being demonstrated by the talented youngsters.”