Jamaica’s top professional surfer Icah Wilmot finished the 2011 Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series (WAPSS), the east coast only pro surfing tour, in 17th place making him the second highest finishing Caribbean surfer in the series behind Bajan junior phenomenon Josh Bourke, who finished in 10th from the 254 entrants in the series.
“Icah could have done much better in the series had he attended all series events. Having only attended 5 of the 9, his potential point total was dramatically reduced so a 17th place rank is impressive!” said JSA President Billy Wilmot. “The pro surfing game is an expensive one. Athletes have to travel around the globe chasing events and series points so it is essential to have sponsorship support to make this possible and you need event results to attract sponsors making it a catch-22 situation so we can be proud of Icah’s accomplishments this year and look to 2012 with encouragement”.
The first event of the 2012 series has been contested at the “Soup Bowl” surf beach in Bathsheba Barbados from November 25-27where Jamaican under-21 standout Ackeam Phillips, had an impressive 13th place showing. Icah Wilmot also attended the event and placed 17th securing a good start to the 2012 WAPSS season for both Jamaican Pros.
The next event of the 2012 WAPSS will be the KONA PRO in New Smyrna Beach, Florida in mid March.