The Jamaica Surfing Association has declared Bull Bay’s Garren Pryce Jamaica’s 2011 National Junior Surfing Champion! The JSA’s junior championship season consists of three events held on the northeast and southeast coasts at popular surfing beaches. This year’s season saw events held at Copa and Lighthouse on the south and at Boston on the north. Twenty three under 18 surfers competed in the series which saw competition taking place in a wide variety of conditions ranging from tiny blown out Lighthouse to Big stormy Boston, putting the youngsters through a good competitive evaluation to select the Nation’s top junior surfer!
The top 10 spots were shared evenly between the north and south coast surfers The South Coast surfers dominated the season this year however, with Garren Pryce, Ivah Wilmot and Armani Green gobbling up the top 3 spots. Boston’s stand out junior Akeem Taylor missed the Lighthouse event along with south coast ripper Elishama Beckford who missed the Boston event putting the Junior Champions title out of their reach and relegating them to 4th and 5th place respectively.
Competition was exciting at each event with the young surfers demonstrating a wide variety of perfected surfing skills impressing the internationally accredited judging panel. The juniors exhibited all the sport’s most progressive maneuvers with style and control.
Garren finished the season with a win and two second place finishes in the three event series giving him 2720 of the 3000 total possible points. This is Garrens second hold on the national title as he is the 2010 defending champion.
“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. “Through the support we receive annually from the Sports Development Foundation, Insight 51 clothing, Red Bull, Quashi surfboards, Xtrak deck pads, Magma wax and our other loyal supporters, we have been able to work on the junior surfers physical as well as educational and emotional development. We have ongoing homework programs 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 instructors from Puerto Rico to work on physical preparation which is all paying off as we can see clearly see. We expect the JSA’s upcoming 2012 competition season to be very competitive considering the rapid rate of improvement being demonstrated by the talented youngsters…”