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FEATURE PHOTO
 
(October 2 2016)
 
 
Billy @ Makka, Hurricane Mathew 2nd October 2016 

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 IVAH WILMOT GOES 2 FOR 2 IN 2016 NOS
  2016 6 4 Wreck, Ivah 1st, Shama 2nd, Icah 3rd, Ackeam 4th
 
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IVAH WILMOT WINS FIRST EVENT OF 2016 NOS 
 
 Copa delivers epic surf for the first National Open Series event.
Check out the full report on the "RESULTS" page 
 
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STEVEN MUSCHETT REPS JAMAICA @ 2015 WJSC
 
Team Picture 
 Jamaica's father and son team of Terrence and Steven Muschett
 
Despite lack of funding, Jamaica does have a single entrant at the 2015 World Junior Surfing Championships being held in Huntington Beach, Oceanside California. It is Steven Muschett who is accompanied by his father Terrence. Terrence or "Mush as he is affectionately known by the Jamaican surf community is one of Jamaica's first surfers. With a history going back to the late 1960's, Mush has the distinction of being the first Jamaican surfer to be used in a local advertisement when he was featured surfing at Holland Bay St Thomas on a Red Stripe beer poster. The WJSC runs till October 18. Click HERE to watch live streaming.
 
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ICAH WILMOT TAKES 2015 MAKKA PRO TITLE! 
 
 
 
JAMAICANS SWEEP 2015 MAKKA PRO!

 Jamaican surfers Icah Wilmot, Garren Pryce, Janice Wilmot, Jonathan Farr and Ackeam Phillips took the top honors in the Open, Junior, Women amateur and Expression Session divisions at the ninth staging of Jamaica’s premier international surfing event, the 2015 “Makka Pro”. The event was held on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th of July at the world famous “Makka” surfing beach in Southaven, Yallahs Saint Thomas.

More on the RESULTS page

 
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MORE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE FOR JAMAICA!
 
Jamaica has been riding a wave of international surfing exposure over the past few months with major article in the September issue of SURFER complete with online video feature and an article in E.S.M. so be sure to check them out!
 
 
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2014 MAKKA PRO IS IN THE HISTORY BOOKS!
 
2014 Makka Pro Open and Junior Champion Shama Beckford. 
 
Despite tight funding, the 2014 Makka Pro was a huge success! Blessed with a strong east-south-east swell the Jamaican point break was throwing head high to 2' overhead sets for the whole weekend. Without much international surfers registering for the event, it was a real local showdown!
 
Check out the full story on the "RESULTS" page!  
 
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2014 MAKKA PRO IS ON!!! 
 
 With just under a month to go, preparations for the Jamaica Surfing Association (JSA)/Southaven Citizens Association (SCA) 2014 MAKKA PRO are “…all on track” says JSA President Billy Wilmot. “Despite tight funding, things are looking bright with enquiries coming in from top pros from as far away as the US east coast. Surfers from Barbados and Trinidad are already confirming their participation. We have secured J$6000,000.00 for the prize purse and are still seeking sponsorship support to boost that figure. As the contest purse increases, more top surfers are attracted and the event gains prestige so we want to get the purse to J$1,000,000.00.

 The event, which takes place at the Makka surfing beach in the community of Southaven, near Yallahs in Saint Thomas will see 2 days of competitive surfing in three divisions, open men, open women and juniors. With a US$75.00 entry fee in the open divisions and US$50.00 in the juniors and women’s divisions, cash prize payouts will go to the top 8 finishers in the open and junior divisions and the four finalists in the women’s division.

 “The standard of surfing by the local surfing community has improved remarkably over the past five years…” continued Mr. Wilmot, “It will be very interesting to see how many surfers from the region will want to take on the formidable competition provided by the Wilmot brothers, Shane Simmonds, Ackeam Phillips, Luke Williams and Michael Panton in the open division, Elishama Beckford, Garren Pryce and Ivah Wilmot in the juniors and Elim Beckford and Imani Wilmot in the women’s division”.

 There will be lots of other activities during the week leading up to the contest including beach bonfire, heritage tour, culinary festival and nightly beach parties. On the two days of competition, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th, there will be activities and rides for the children, music, concession stalls providing food and refreshments and a live stage show for the finale on Sunday night. The event has been endorsed and sponsored as usual by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).

 
 
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2014 INAUGURAL NATIONAL JUNIOR PRO SERIES !!!
 
2014 will see the introduction of the Jamaica National Junior Pro Series to the JSA national event calendar. The series will feature Jamaica's top 8 under 21 surfers competing for cash and prizes in a multiple event series which will begin in July and run for a full year after which a National Junior Pro Champion will be declared. The series will also have a live reality series spin off which will provide fans and followers of the series with an in depth, behind-the-scenes look at the lifestyle and culture of the participants and the wider Jamaican surf community. 
 
 
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2013 MAKKA PRO WAS RESOUNDING SUCCESS!!! 
 
 
MAKKA PRO WINNERS ICAH WILMOT, ELIM BECKFORD, AND GARREN PRYCE
AT PRIZE GIVING WITH JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TOURISM
ATTRACTIONS CRUISES AND EVENTS, Mr. JASON HALL.
 
The 2013 Makka Pro was a resounding success" Jamaica took the top spots in all 3
divisions. Click to check out the articles on the ESPN  and Eastern Surf Mag sites!
 
 
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Check out Jamaica's inaugural issue of the
 
 
 
   
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3RD PLACE FINISH IN EVENT 3 SECURES 2013 JUNIOR TITLE FOR SHAMA 
The third and final event of the 2013 National under-18 Junior Surfing Championship Series was held at the Roselle surfing Beach in Saint Thomas on Saturday August 31st in chest high surf. The turnout for the final event was low but competitors were evenly split between the north and south coasts. The series came right down to the wire with at least three surfers having a shot at the title coming into the last event. Check out the full story on the "RESULTS" page ...
 
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"Team Jamaica at the 2013 ISA World Surfing Games in Panama!" 
 
 
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EVENT #3 LEAVES CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WIDE OPEN!

 

 l-r, 1st Inilek Wilmot, 2nd- Elishama Beckford, 3rd- Ivah Wilmot, 4th- Richard Curtis.

The third event of the Jamaica Surfing Association’s 2013 National Open Series was run at the world famous Makka surfing beach in Yallahs Saint Thomas on Saturday 9th of March. The waves at the left hand reef point were chest to shoulder high with the occasional head high set sneaking through the lineup under a sunny sky with light variable winds. Check the full report on the "Results" page.
 
 
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ICAH WILMOT GOES 2 FOR 2 IN 2013 NOS!

 

l-r - Icah Wilmot, Ivah Wilmot, Garren Pryce, Elishama Beckford. 

 The second event of the Jamaica Surfing Association’s 2013 National Open Series was held at the Lighthouse surfing beach on the Palisadoes strip on Saturday February 16. 2012 defending champion Icah Wilmot made a definitive statement at the south coast surf spot when he defeated all comers to take the 1000 points for the win, pushing him out front in the race for the national Title. Check the full report on the "results" page.

 
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WILMOTS START 2013 NOS WITH A BANG!
 
 
 r-l Icah, Inilek, Ivah Wilmot and Gerren Pryce.
 
The World Reknown Jamaica Surf Family swooped down on the first event of the Jamaica Surfing Association 2013 National Open Series with a 1, 2, 3 finish. Defending 2012 Champion Icah took the win over his elder sibling Inilek who betered his youngest brother Ivah who took tthe third spot from Garren Pryce. 
The full details are on the "Results"  Page
 
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ICAH WILMOT RETAINS 2012 NOS TITLE 
 
Defending National Open Champion Icah Wilmot secured a narrow come from behind win in the 2012 Jamaica Surfing Association National Open Series with a 4th place showing at the fifth and final event concluded at the Boston Bay surfing beach in Portland, check the full report on the "Results" page.
 
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ICAH WILMOT 13th from 164 AT WAPSS  
 
 
 
 
Jamaica's  first pro surfer Icah Wilmot took on the Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series this year and finished a respectable 13th from 164 participants in the series.
 
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HURRICANE SANDY SLAMS JAMAICA!!! 
 
Massive waves at Cable Hut Beach 
 
Icah Eugene and Luke contemplate the way out!  
 
 Late October category 2 Hurricane Sandy plowed straight across Jamaica making landfall in the Bull Bay area at approximately 2:35 pm on Wednesday October 24 with 80 mph winds and torrential rains. Sandy also greeted Jamaica's surfers with epic conditions from a day before she arrived and her swell continued four days after she moved out into the Atlantic. 
 
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JESSE HEILMAN TAKES 2012 MAKKA PRO! 

Jesse flying Air Jamaica!
 
The recently concluded 2012 Makka Pro held at Makka surfing beach in Southaven Yallahs on 21-22 July was a resounding success! Thousands turned out to see the region’s best battle for the coveted Paul Blades Memorial Trophy, cash, prizes and points towards the Western Atlantic Pro Series.
The 2012 Makka Pro was the final event in the Tri-Nation competition between Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago to declare a Caribbean Champion. Surfers from the 3 islands had to try and accumulate maximum points from the 3 events to emerge as the region’s top surfer and claim the Paul Blades Trophy so Makka was the last chance for surfers to post scores towards their final 2011-12 Caribbean ranking. The 2012 Makka Pro was also the 5th stop on the 10 event Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series (WAPSS) which also includes the events in Trinidad and Barbados and 7 other events up the US East Coast which helped attract top tier surfers from that region in search of points towards the WAPSS US$10,000 first prize purse… the stage was set for a great event...! 
 
The Jamaica Tourist Board, one of the main sponsors of the event tripled its commitment to the 2012 renewal of the event maximizing publicity and exposure through promotions via its publicity department and by hosting international press attending the event. The ads had been thick on the local media and by Friday everyone was calling the office asking for directions to the venue... It was funny… if it had been 150 miles west in Montego Bay everyone in Kingston would know exactly how to get there… but 15 miles to east Yallahs along the only main road and everyone was acting as though they were venturing off into “…the great unknown…” 
 
 
 Two days of competition had come down to the finals and the whole community had "gotten into it" They decended on the site in their 1000's. The junior men final did not disappoint. With Elishama Beckford the lone Jamaican in the event his burden was a heavy one for a youngster like him but he paddled out with US hopeful Nathan Behl and Caribbean slashers Dane Mackie and defending champ Jordan Heaselgrave to decide the matter. To put it in Jamaican terms “Di beach did cork!” and the crowd was making themselves heard in no uncertain manner. The standard of surfing was excellent and the young regional boys took it to the American determined not to let the US boy go home with the big check in the division. The lead switched hands with almost every ride. But all good things must come to an end and when the horn echoed across the venue it was history. A new Makka Pro Junior champion had arrived in the personality of Dane Mackie. Second went to US boy Nathan Behl. Third nto Jamaica’s own Elishama Beckford and 4th to defending champion Jordan Heaselgrave.
 
The Women final was between Chelsea Tuach, Chelsea Roett, Chelsea Gresham, Zoe Bonik and defending women’s champ Imani Wilmot. They paddled out next for the final and the 2 girls from Barbados made their statement from early. They took the lead and second place and did not relinquishing them to the end. The other 3 girls had a tit-for-tat battle going on all heat for the remaining spots but at the final horn it was said and done. Chelsea Tuach took 1st, Chelsea Roett 2nd, Chelsea Gresham 3rd, Zoe Bonik 4th and Imani Wilmot 5th. 
 
 
Jesse getting some love 
 
 
 The men finals heat had the attention of the whole beach. Without a Jamaican in it the locals were behind Bruce Mackie and the "dread locked" defending champ Jensen Callaway and their cheers confirmed it. It was close with the lead changing hands every set all the way down to a nail biting finish. When the spray settled the upset was there on the scoreboard. A new Makka Pro champion had to be crowned as Jesse Hielman took 1st with Nils Schweizer in 2nd defending champ Jensen Callaway in 3rd and taking the Caribbean regional champions title Bruce Mackie in 4th.
 

Place

Makka Pro Men Open

From

Points

1

Jesse Hielman

USA

1000

2

Nils Schweizer

USA

900

3

Jensen Callaway

USA

810

4

Bruce Mackie

BAR

729

5

Chris Duff

USA

656

=5

Dane Mackie

BAR

656

7

Danny Edgehill

BAR

591

=7

Nathan Behl

USA

591

9

Inilek Wilmot

JAM

532

=9

Garren Price

JAM

532

=9

Icah Wilmot

JAM

532

=9

Michael Panton

JAM

532

13

Jordan Heaselgrave

BAR

479

=13

Luke Williams

JAM

479

=13

Ivah Wilmot

JAM

479

=13

Sergio Martins

VEN

479

17

Akeam Phillips

JAM

432

=17

Che Allen

BAR

432

=17

Shane Simmons

JAM

432

=17

Josh Galt

T&T

432

21

Greg Badgley

USA

389

=21

Chris Moore

USA

389

=21

Dario Jordon

T&T

389

=21

Ronley Lewis

JAM

389

 
 

Place

Makka Pro Women

From

Points

1

Chelsea Tuach

BAR

1000

2

Chelsea Roett

BAR

860

3

Chelsea Gresham

USA

730

4

Zoe Bonik

USA

670

5

Imani Wilmot

JAM

610

 
 
 

Place

Makka Pro Junior

From

Points

1

Dane Mackie

BAR

1000

2

Nathan Behl

USA

860

3

Elishama Beckford

JAM

730

4

Jordan Heaselgrave

BAR

670

5

Shane Simmonds

JAM

610

=5

Che Allen

BAR

610

7

Chelsea Roett

BAR

555

=7

Danny Edgehill

BAR

555

9

Garren Pryce

JAM

500

=9

Josh Galt

T&T

500

=9

Chelsea Tuach

BAR

500

=9

Bruce Mackie

BAR

500

13

Dario Jordan

T&T

450

=13

Chris Moore

USA

450

=13

Evan Brownhill

USA

450

=13

Ronald Hastings

JAM

450

=13

Brendan Cowan

JAM

450

=13

Armani Green

JAM

450

19

Ivah Wilmot

JAM

390

 
 
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JAMAICA'S ELDERS TO TAKE ON THE WORLD! 

"Gran Kahuna Mush wrap around at Maria's in Puerto Rico!" 
 
The Jamaica Surfing Association’s National Masters Team, Grand Kahuna Terrence Muschett and Master David Lee, competed at the recently concluded ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in Nicaragua. The two man team represented proudly and kept Jamaica's name in the contest's history books. David improved his ranking from 38 to 31 in the very competitive Masters division while Terrence fell one spot from 18 to 19 in the Grand Kahunas division.
 
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JAMAICA 26TH AT 2012 WJSC IN PANAMA 
 
Jamaica's junior team to the 2012 ISA World Junior Surfing Champs in Panama came away with a 26th place finish from the 31 attending nations.
 
Best result was attained by Elishama Beckford in the under 16 division where he had a third round reperchsrge finish giving him a 57 place finish from the 105 entrants in his division.

 

Country

U18B

U18B

U18B

U18B

U16B

U16B

U16B

U16B

U18G

U18G

U18G

U18G

Total

x

Max score

1000

860

730

670

1000

860

730

670

1000

860

730

670

7770

1

Hawaii

528

475

450

240

1000

670

450

360

1000

730

670

360

5973

2

Australia

670

450

400

360

500

500

475

400

860

583

555

300

4993

3

Brazil

1000

860

555

425

528

425

380

340

450

375

300

270

4873

4

USA

610

425

380

340

475

425

380

280

610

500

360

270

4165

5

Japan

583

400

400

280

860

340

240

128

413

390

330

270

3956

6

France

475

380

360

320

610

583

360

360

360

330

330

240

3788

7

Peru

500

400

380

380

555

320

320

280

528

413

330

330

3746

8

Portugal

730

320

280

240

320

280

200

200

450

413

360

330

3353

9

S Africa

500

340

320

160

450

380

280

240

390

375

240

180

3275

10

New Zealand

340

320

280

160

400

320

240

160

500

390

300

180

3090

11

Costa Rica

320

280

240

160

730

400

200

128

240

240

240

180

2890

12

Tahiti

200

200

128

0

380

240

200

160

450

375

300

0

2473

13

Argentina

240

128

128

128

320

320

160

160

475

300

270

270

2341

14

UK

280

280

280

128

240

200

160

160

360

240

180

180

2220

15

Venezuela

320

240

240

160

240

128

128

96

270

180

180

144

1926

16

Barbados

200

200

200

160

320

280

240

160

475

0

0

0

1915

17

Panama

280

200

160

128

360

200

128

96

240

144

144

144

1856

18

Mexico

160

160

160

128

340

160

128

0

360

240

144

0

1852

19

Germany

160

128

96

96

340

160

128

128

300

240

180

180

1732

20

Ecuador

160

160

128

128

280

200

160

128

240

180

180

144

1688

21

Uruguay

240

160

128

96

280

160

128

128

240

144

0

0

1480

22

Puerto Rico

240

128

128

96

320

280

160

128

180

0

0

0

1436

23

El Salvador

200

128

96

96

160

160

128

96

144

144

0

0

1160

24

Spain

360

360

320

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1040

25

Guatemala

200

96

96

64

128

96

96

96

240

0

0

0

952

26

Jamaica

160

160

128

0

200

160

96

0

0

0

0

0

904

27

Italy

320

0

0

0

400

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

720

28

Chile

340

128

96

96

128

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

692

29

Canada

96

96

96

96

160

96

0

0

0

0

0

0

544

30

Switzerland

160

96

0

0

128

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

384

31

Nicaragua

96

0

0

0

240

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

336

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AKEEM TAYLOR CLAIMS NOS #3 AT COPA 
 
 
After a late start the third event of the Jamaica Surfing Association National Open Series ran to conclusion at the Copa surfing Beach in Bull Bay on Saturday 10 March in chest to shoulder high surf. The event which ran from 2:00pm till sunset saw 30 surfers registering to compete for the 1000 points on offer for the win. 17 year old National Junior standout Akeem Taylor of Boston Bay finished atop the heap after an exciting event. 

See the results page for the details.

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ICAH WILMOT TAKES JSA 2012 NOS #2 AT ROSELLE
 
 
 
See the results page for the details. 
 
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SHANE SIMMONDS CLAIMS FIRST 2012 NOS EVENT
On Saturday January 14 2012, Boston Bay's Shane Simmonds won the first event of the JSA's 2012 National Open Series at Lighthouse surf beach. For more check the results page!
 
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IMANI WILMOT IS SOLE JAMAICAN MAKKA CHAMP
  
On Sunday 31 July Jamaica saw the crowning of ther new Makka Pro divisional Champions. American Jensen Callaway, Barbadian Jordan Heaselgrave and Jamaican Imani Wilmot took wins in the open, Junior and Women's division. The event was well attended with thousands of spectators turning out to cheer on their favorites and enjoy the attractions, food and drinks on offer at the Parishes biggest social occasion of the year. For full report check the RESULTS page. 
 
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 JAMAICA'S 2 MAN TEAM NAB 25TH AT WORLD GAMES
 
 
 
Icah Wilmot and Ackeam Phillips were the only two Jamaicans to compete at the recently concluded 2011 Billabong ISA World Surfing Gamesheld in Playa Venao Panama. The extremely competitive event saw teams from twenty seven different nations competing for Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper madals in the worlds most prestigious team event. Due to financial constraints Jamaica was unable to field a team and individual surfers made the sacrifice for National honor and found funding to attend the Games. Ackeam finished in 85th place and Icah in 49th place... see the JSA video
Full reports of the event including text, photo and video are available at http://www.isasurf.org/
 
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ICAH WILMOT SNAGS 2ND HAITI PHOTO TRIP
 
 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 June, 2011 : - - Top Jamaican Pro surfer Icah Wilmot is getting international surf publicity once again as he travels to Aquin Haiti on our sister Caribbean Isle of Hispaniola. Icah will feature in a surf photo article on the French speaking nation called 'Surf Explore – Haiti' being shot by surf photographer John Callahan. This is Icah’s second trip to Haiti with Callahan who first went to Haiti back in 2007.

The dreadlocked Jamaican has been solidifying his career as a “photo surfer” and apart from numerous magazine articles, has been featured in clothing sponsor “Insight51’s” 2007 through 2010 advertising campaigns. Callahan, renowned for his stunning images of far off places such as India and China, is extensively published in European surf magazines and will now boost Icah’s profile with a second dose of exotic Haitian coverage.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Icah” said his father and President of the Jamaica Surfing Association, “Icah is surfing really well right now and his powerful and very photogenic style make him a good selection for surf photographers looking for subjects with charisma and a strong image.”

Icah will leave Haiti on Thursday for Panama. there he will represent Jamaica with team mate Ackeam Phillips in the open men’s Division of the International Surfing Association’s World Surfing Games. He will then return home to defend his title at the 2011 Makka Pro on July 29-31

 
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SURFING FOR AUTISM
On Saturday 26th March 2011 The Jamaica Surfing Association partnered with the Jamaica Autism Support Association to host a day of surfing and support for the children, parents and families of children with this very challenging condition. About 60 children and their families were hosted at Cable Hut Beach on the southeast coast. The children had a wonderful day. Therapists who accompanied the children and their families remarked with wonder at the manner in which the affected children seemed to loose much of their inhibition and openly interacted with unfamilliar surf instructors and demonstrated positive behaviour which is completely uncharacheristic of the condition. 
 
 
 
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2010 JSA/SATT YOUTH EXCHANGE IS BIG HIT!!!! 
 
The group in Tobago 

 

Six young Jamaican surfers arrived back from the week long return leg of the Jamaica Surfing Association (JSA) / Surfing Association of Trinidad & Tobago (SATT) 2010 Youth Exchange Program. The first leg saw the Jamaica’s initial hosting of six junior surfers from Trinidad back in July. Brainchild of JSA President Billy Wilmot, the program is designed to build camaraderie between young surfers around the Caribbean region. The Jamaican Participants were Akeem Taylor, Garren Pryce, Dwight Roberts, Ivah Wilmot, Shama Beckford and Oshane Usher.

 

“The kids had a ball in Trinidad and on Tobago!” said JSA Executive Secretary who traveled as chaperone with the kids to the twin island state. “They have strengthened the friendships they established in Jamaica on the first leg of the exchange. They surfed, enjoyed local foods, attended lecture sessions and went on educational excursions where they learned about Trinidadian history and culture, the importance of protecting the marine environment and what it takes to become a professional surfer”

 

“It was my first time traveling and I was very nervous…,” said one of the participants when asked about his experience. Quotes from the other juniors included “I was happy to see my new friends again…”, “We got some wicked waves at Mount Irving and Big Bay, and it was sweeeet!”, “Tobago is really clean, you don’t see any garbage anywhere……”, “Over in Trinidad you can’t walk on the reef at all…”,  “While I was surfing a turtle just come up right beside me….”,  “The food was great!” “I loved the glass bottom boat trip to Bucco Reef, whole heap of big fish….” “When you travel you have to move like a team and behave yourself”, “I loved learning about what it take to be a professional surfer because that is what I want to be.” “We learned allot about each other’s culture and that builds unity between our countries and makes us all a part of the new generation of Caribbean surfers”.

 

“The program has been a tremendous success. It has achieved its main objectives and set the stage for the development and expansion of the program throughout the region” said JSA President Billy Wilmot. “We intend to reach out to more islands in next year’s effort and welcome Caribbean islands wanting to be a part of this unifying effort. These kids will grow up and one day be heading the Caribbean’s charge in the world surfing arena as leaders of the regions surfing communities and will be able to take advantage of the longstanding relationships established as a result of these initial exchange efforts”.

 

 
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TROPICAL DEPRESSION TOMAS SLAMS MAKKA
 
After a couple of weeks of tiny to flat conditions, which were driving the locals crazy, Tropical Depression Tomas crept through the southwestern caribbean and swung north past Jamaica's east tip pumping a couple days of epic Makka for all who dared to enjoy the moment
 
 
The Makka Lineup!
 
When we drove up at about 7:00am the sight that met our eyes was like something out of a Surfing Mag travel feature and we wasted no time getting out into the lineup. The waves were pumping and the conditions were perfect all day. Every few minutes 6-8 wave sets pulled in and by about 4:00pm everyone was so exhausted that we called it a day and headed home.
 
Drum flying
 
 
 
Inilek with a long way to go
 
 
Luke taking the high line
 
 
Eugene getting radical
 
 
Fire T grabbed his fair share too
 
Even uncle Billy got a few
 
Icah surfed like he was working with batteries
 
 
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JAMAICA FINISH 29TH
AT ISA WORLD GAMES
 
 
Team Jamaica was in attendance at the 2010 ISA Billabong World Surfing Games in Punta Hermosa Peru. Only able to finance a 4 member (50%) team, Luke Williams 95th, Icah Wilmot 65th, Shane Simmonds 95th and Ackeam Phillips 81st from the 113 man field, were able to take Jamaica to 29th place from the 31 attending nations.
 
  Although not an impressive showing, what the team missed on the waves they made up for in publicity as they were the darlings of the Parade and garnered top tier attention from the Peruvian and international press and were adored by their countless fans in the general public.
 
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JAMAICA FINISH 15TH AT ISA 2010 MASTERS
 The world’s top surfers turned out to defend their countries’ surfing honor at the International Surfing Association’s 2010 World Masters Surfing Championships held from the 27 August to the 5 September in Santa Catalina Panama where Team Australia was crowned World Champions as 21 nations converged on the remote fishing town on the Panamas’ northern pacific coast. 

The standard of completion was truly world class with many former top ASP pro surfers stepping up for king and country. The point at Santa Catalina did not disappoint where surf was concerned either, providing solid 6’ to 12’ waves for the entire event. Impressive surfing was on display from beginning to end in all 5 divisions, Masters, Grand Masters, Kahunas, Grand Kahunas and Women’s Masters. 

Jamaica was only able to field 3 of a possible 8 member team to the event this year. Although the team  fell from 10th to 15th place world rank they surfed well. Billy finished 11th with 950 points in the Kahunas (45+) division which, was a 6 place improvement on his last showing in Peru, Eugene 21st and 760 points in the Masters (35+) division and Terry Muschett contributing 425 for his 15th place finish in the Grand Kahunas (50+) division allowing Jamaica to amass 2135 points and finish ahead of 6 other surfing nations. 
 

Final Team Standings:

1: AUSTRALIA

2: SOUTH AFRICA

3: BRAZIL

4: PUERTO RICO

5: PERU

6: VENEZUELA

7: ARGENTINA

8: FRANCE

9: PANAMA

10: COSTA RICA

11: MEXICO

12: ITALY

13: URUGUAY

14: REP.DOMINICAN

15: JAMAICA

16: NEW ZEALAND

17: GUATEMAL

 18: TAHITI

19: EL SALVADOR

20: GERMANY

21: IRELAND

 

 
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ICAH WINS 2010 MAKKA PRO 
 
2010 and the jinx is broken! Icah Wilmot, Jamaica's #1 Pro has won the Makka Pro Open and the US$1000.00 cash prize and become the first Jamaican surfer to do it in the four year history of the Makka Pro. Fellow Jamaican Shane Simmonds finisher second with Travis Ajay of the USA and Che Lovelace of T&T taking 3rd and 4th. Akeem Taylor took the U16 Junior title which was an all Jamaican affair with Shama Beckford taking second and Garren Pryce and Ivah Wilmot taking 3rd and 4th. Chelsea Tuach of Barbados successfully defended her 2009 title with Imani Wilmot and Elim Beckford nabbing second and third ahead of Gillian Genslerof the USA in 4th. The conditions were smaller than the previous years but definitely contestable. 
 
There were also a number of other firsts at this years running of the event. There was live outside radio broadcasts on Saturday and Sunday on Hits FM and RJR 92 FM as well as live internet feed courtesy of Dekal Wireless of the entire event. 2010 is also the first time that the JTB endorsed the event providing meet and greet services for all arriving participants and officials as well as publicity and promotional support for the event.
 
 Thousands of spectators turned out for the biggest surf contest in Jamaica. The event was supported by the Sports Development Foundation, Insight, The Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series, Epice, CSN, NOA, BSA, SATT, JTB, Millennium Paving, Xtrak, Ipath, Magma, Wata.
 
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TOP JAMAICAN UNDER 21 ACKEAM PHILLIPS GOES PRO!!!
 
 Top Jamaican under 21 surfer Ackeam "Bob" Phillips has secured an international manager and agent Mr Rodrigo Vieria from Brazil who has registered Ackeam In the ASP Pro Junior and paid for his entry into pro events in Brazil, Australia and Bali over the next 2 months. We wish Bob all the best... Keep the Jamrock Flag flying HIGH!!!
 
 
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FITNESS FOR SURFERS WITH VICTOR TORT IS BIG HIT!!!
 
  
   In stop #2 of the Fitness 4 Surfers Caribbean tour, Puerto Rican trainer, Victor Tort, finds an enthusiastic group of surfers eager to improve their surfing skills by improving their physical fitness and a better understanding of what makes the ideal training regimen for high performance surfing.Sporting a healthy energy and passion for exercise, Victor Tort continued his Fitness 4 Surfers tour through thr Caribbean, collaborating on this stop with the Jamaican Surfing Association.
Check out the article at Surf Caribe
 
MICHAEL PANTON FINISHES 7th AT T&T WAPSS EVENT
 
 
  
Local Boston ripper Michael Panton was Jamaica's best finisher at the Trinidad International Surf Festival on May 1-2 when he took equal 7th place and US$250. The event which was one stop on the Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series, saw top tier competitors from Jamaica, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Argentina,Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, USA and Brazil facing off for US$10K in prizes. Check out the article here...
 
 
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CAREER BEST RESULTS

National Jamaican Open Champ 04, 06, 07, 08, 09

National Junior Champ 02, 03, 04, 05

Caribbean surf network 5th in 08, 2nd in 09

ISA world surfing games open men’s 49th in 2002, junior men 31st in 2005

Pan-American surfing games open men 31st in 08, junior men 11th in 03


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FAST FACTS

Age: 23 years old
Nickname:
Chukku
Born (place):
Kingston, Jamaica
Resides (where):
Kingston, Jamaica
Hobbies:
Surfing, Music, Skateboarding, Skim Boarding

VITALS

Height:
5’8 ½”
Regular or goofy:
Goofy
Sponsor(s):
Insight, Reef, Smith, On a Mission, Freestyle, Redbull
Shaper:
Patrick Mitchell
Quiver (your usual board):
5’11” x 18 ¼ x 2 ¼ squash tail, 6’1” x 18 ¼ x 2 1/3 round
Home break:
Copa Cabana
Favorite wave(s):
Makkas, Iron Pot, Chuchucan, The Left
Favorite maneuver(s):
Barrels and aerials
Last trips:
Trinidad and Tobago late February
Favorite surfers:
Kalani Robb, Rob Machado, CJ, Kelly
Website (url):
http://www.icahwilmot.webs.com/


Icah, I’m very happy we can talk together, because it’s an opportunity for us to know you better and to talk about the unique surf culture of your native and living country, Jamaica. You’ve finished the 2009 season as the best surfer on the island, just ahead of your brother Inilek, and you work hard to improve your surfing and promote the vibe of Jamaica, whose surfing standard and renown have got higher and higher the last years…

AUDREY - Since its first days, Jamaican surfing has evolved through stages that you personally know, as your father, Billy “Mystic” Wilmot, also famous for being the leader of the band Mystic Revealers, did a lot, as a surfer, a musician, the founding member and president of the Jamaican Surfing Association, to make the “Surf Lions” more famous... Describe us your first contact with surfing or your first surfing memory…
ICAH - I could never remember the first time I surf, thanks to a car accident when I was about 9, my memory from the early days are pretty much all lost. I do remember surfing out at the Zoo with my brothers when we were young though, back when we used to sit on the inside, down the beach and watch all our local heroes charge the sets. We learnt on some real retro boards, the first board I remember riding was a really short board, like maybe a 5’10 but it was like about 4 inches thick and like 20 inshes wide and flat like a board, weighed about a ton. And I was really short and skinny so when my brothers and I charges the waves we’d always be mimicking the surfer in the videos we used to watch, like Bali High, I Crave the Wave, Endless summer, and a few other movies from the 80’s.

But you and your brothers and sister, known as “The Rats”, were the only surfers in your age group on the south coast in the 90’s… But was it obvious for you, as a child, that waves had to be ridden?
My brothers and I grew up on the beach and our dad, with his music, ended up touring a lot of the time. But when he was home he would carry us out surfing, back then we were horrified of the sea but his determination kept us going. I guess we sorta knew we would be surfers from we were really young because daddy would get out there whenever the waves were really great or really big and tear it up. I used to admire hi and think to myself one day I’m gonna do that. But the act of going out there and surfing seemed so scary when he was carrying us out even though we learnt is some tiny waves. But I guess from his love of the sport and us continuously watching him charging the seas, we knew that we would be the ones charging it out there one day.

So, did you fall in love with the ocean and with surfing or did this passion come step by step?
I was sorta forced into the sport initially, as we only took on surfing when we had nothing else to do, or when daddy rounded us up and brought us out there, but soon after, once we started actually catching waves, I fell in love with the sport. The whole vibe and joy of being in the water and riding the waves just makes me feel s connected to nature. Its just a blessing to be out there and riding the pure raw energy that rolls into the beach in each set.


How do you feel when you ride the perfect wave?
For me, the perfect wave is one that you have the most fun on. It matters not the size or quality or crowd. For this reason, I ride a lot of perfect waves, even just cruising around with the groms, and when the waves are tine. Once I am going surfing I get myself into the frame of mind to love the waves and have a great time, no matter how good or bad the waves are. So to me the best wave is the wave I am surfing now, and that thought makes me appreciate the waves so much more. So surfing the perfect wave always just fills me with joy and its something that feeds my body I guess, it makes my mind relax, makes my body feel relaxed, and just fills me with a stoke that keeps me going and charging for more.

Can you describe for us your favorite spot?
My favorite spot is probably Iron Pot. It’s a reef pass on the out side of a point. It’s about 200 meters off from the shore and the first section of the reef s really shallow, then wraps around the reef and peals all the way in to the shore. It’s positioned in a way that even when the wind is onshore, it swings in so the wind blows at an angle and the waves are always clean. It breaks on big swells, about 8 feet faces and up, and has a sick hollow first section and then just wraps and has little sections just throwing out at you and lining up for you to just shred all the way to the beach. It’s a long wave and at the end of each ride, you’ll be glad it takes a while to get back out so your legs can get some time to recover.

Which surfers inspire you?
I get inspired by so many things, just people having a great time out there, and surfing well. I really love surfing with the little groms here, case they are all so stoked and charge so much, and with them I feel the real joy of surfing, the drive that pushes you to just love the sport. I also get a lot of inspiration from Rob Machado, Kelly Slater, Jeremy Flores, Kalani Robb, Kai Otton, Luke Steadman, Cj, Shane Simmonds, my dad, and brother Inilek

What is the best piece of advice one of them gave you?
Take a deep breath. That’s one my dad told me when we were younger, when we started charging the swells. But not just for surfing. I take that little phrase quite serious. Taking a deep breath is grabbing on to what keeps you alive and going. Pulling and holding on to what you need to keep you alive and happy. So I use that in my approach to life. What ever I have just pull in a much of it as I can and so that will be able to keep me through hard times of the wipeouts, and give me enough inspiration to keep pushing even when all hope seems lost.

How did you develop your own style, which I would define as creative and powerful ?
My style of surfing was developed mainly because when I was younger I was really short, I used to ride these huge boards and they were so thick and hard to ride. Felt like trying to ride a long board. And because of this we had to really focus on using weight and strength to maneuver the boards. When I finally go on a board more my size, a 6’1” when I was about 12 years old, I realized that the effort taken to turn my previous boards was more than enough to get this new ‘small’ board where ever I wanted to go. At that time we were finally being exposed to more modern surf films and magazines as well and I fell in love with the surfing style of Kalani Robb. And his fast flashy surfing had me trying my best to do the tail slides and aerials and getting the barrels and charging the waves. And over time the pushing myself, along with the initial power surfing from my younger years, had me surfing really good. Now I adding to the power I have developed the stylish and flashy maneuvers to compliment and add some more dynamics to my surfing.

What is the craziest thing you’ve made for surfing?
When my brother, Inilek, and I were younger we had started thinking about what new maneuvers we could come up with. So we had created this maneuver we called the Mary, names from the seed and whisks of the cotton plant that float and spin through the air when they are released from the plan. We tried it for years and I had landed it a few times. Maybe about 2 years later we were looking through a magazine and noticed Josh Kerr doing our move and named it the Kerrupt flip. That is probably the craziest thing I’ve made, as well as landed a few rodeo clowns, and some really heavy barrels.

Which surfing day will be forever in your mind?
There was this one day, in about 2001 that I and my two brothers, Inilek and Ishack, got the Zoo all to our selves. It was not too long after Ben Bourgeois, Frank Walsh, Sam hammer and Mark Holder, had visited the island and did an article for surfer magazine. We were super stoked from them being there and so were charging it. The waves were about 5-7 feet and perfect we got so many barrels, and surfed the best we had ever surfed to that point in our lives. Aerials, barrels, off the lips, floaters, you name it we were killing it and surfed for maybe 5 hours until we were too tired and had to go home and rest.

Which virtues does surfing reflect, for you?
I would have to say patience, self control, discipline and determination

It seems to me that surfing became much more than a sport in Jamaica… It has been recently introduced to some schools, and, formerly considered as an insignificant pass time by some people, it is now an opportunity for talented young surfers from rural areas to join in international contests, and to be considered as heroes in their communities… How can you explain this development?
In Jamaica, the children in rural communities are severely deprived as far as opportunities for education, social exposure and formal training is concerned. Owing to this a lot of children end up leaving even high school without being able to read properly. In Jamaica, the surf is concentrated on the eastern end of the island only, and this section is the section mostly neglected as far as development and infrastructure is concerned. Schools in these areas are lacking sufficient materials for learning, lacking qualified teachers, and so the children are not able to benefit as they should. Because the surfing is concentrated in these areas, the local children have something they can hold on to and call their own, and although they cannot compete in the educational circles with the children being sent to the best schools and universities, they are the ones who are carrying the sport of surfing to new heights in the country and being crowned national champions and doing well internationally, and in other traditional fields they would not stand a chance for even being recognized for their talent.

You can read in the Jamaican Surfing Association website “NO SURF SHOPS HERE SO BRING EXTRA OF EVERYTHING .... THE LOCALS WILL REEEAAALLLYYY APPRECIATE IT!”… Is it still hard to get equipment?
In Jamaica, there is still no real actual surf shop. There are a few stores where you could find surf shorts or other clothing products by surf companies, but as far as equipment is concerned there is nowhere you can get them locally. There are boat shops that sell resin and fiberglass, but the quality and density is that for making boats and far too thick and bulky for proper use on surfboards. So this statement still holds true. Thankfully to sponsors and friends we have been able to get some needed equipment in from time to time and help to ease the stress. But it still stands that there are no surf shops and most of the surf related products are still brought in by tourists who travel to Jamaica.

What do you prefer, free surfing or contests?
Free surfing is the best for of surfing. It’s free of contest restrictions and time restrictions and allows you to just have fun and do what ever you want. I do like contests though as that gives me a means of measurement of my abilities and I can see where I am at and not what and how I need to improve my surfing and so pushing myself to do better each time.

Does competing make you feel better and stronger?
Competing makes me analyze my surfing for efficiency and makes me surf better, and stronger, but most times keeps me doing maneuvers I am confident in and not allowing me to push my surfing to do newer maneuvers. So contests refine my surfing to make it better as far as efficiency and quality is concerned, but not where it relates to doing better moves.

How do you prepare big events?
For Big events, I prepare by doing some cross training from a few weeks before, and surfing really hard. Running practice heats where I focus on different aspects that the judges are looking for, then pulling all the aspects together as the time comes closer to the event. Getting lots of rest and keeping flexible. Then just having as much fun I can when I’m surfing, because I surf my best when I’m having fun, so I try and keep smiling even when things aren’t going my way.

Is it important for you to travel to international contests representing your country?
Traveling and surfing is very important. It is what has caused me to develop into the surfer I am today. When I was smaller and I traveled and saw the level of surfing of the children in my age group on an international level, it gave me a wakeup call. That is what keeps me buzzing, when I know that I am at that level and I and just as good as the best in Barbados, or panama, or even france. It gives me a big boost of motivation and helps to keep me focused on my goals of becoming a professional.

How do you feel in front of your audience, for instance at the Makka Pro, one of the most important Jamaican stages to show your talent?
When I am surfing competitions, and I am out in the water, I am so focused on my surfing and trying to just have a good time and surf better on each wave than I did on the wave before that I don’t even see of hear anyone. I just get into my zone and start dancing, singing songs and keeping myself in the frame of mind I need to be in order to perform at my best. So the crowd and audience never really matters to me, until I get back to the beach and the victory or loss sinks in.

Which surfers would you like to meet in a contest?
I am actually really eager to compete against some of the worlds best surfers. I think that would give me a really great boost in my surfing ability and confidence, especially the top international surfers in my age group. I have always wanted t surf against Kelly, and some of my other surfing icons, just to be our there with them I think it would push me so much and end up making me surf that much better and it would make a marked improvement in my ability as I would just grow on the stoke and vibe of being out there with them and push myself to be as good as them or better.

Many sponsors are interested in you and in the Jamaican surfing team… What did it change for you to be sponsored?
When I got my first set of sponsors, for me it was a clear sign that I was actually going to run for my dreams of surfing professionally. It was a sign to me that I was ready to take on the world and seeing as these companies were interested enough to sponsor me I must have had something going my way. So that was a bid confidence booster for me, and got me even more focused on getting through school and getting everything in order to take my surfing to the world.

Many of us remember the Insight ad "Dopamine" made by Steve Gorrow and Dustin Humphrey, showing you, your family and Jason Apparicio     end_of_the_skype_highlighting in an underwater art installation… How was this amazing shooting? Did you expect the final result and the great feedback it got?
Steve is a genius where it comes to creativity, that shoot was amazing. We showed up in Bali with no idea what we were going to shoot and then sat down with the guys and just threw in some ideas. I think that whole under water shoot was not actually planned before hand. We just hung out in the pool all day after shooting the other ads on the beach and stuff, and started walking on the bottom of the pool and Jesse ended up taking some pics of us and shooting a few sequences with his camera and they came out really great. Then from this we ended up doing the shot with us, Kai, Luke, Jesse, Raine, Made, and the rest of the gang in the scene we created with the couches and tables and dressers and so on. That ad was such a success that the next year we pretty much did the same thing but this time a larger group and it was shot in Jamaica. It was so much fun. I can’t wait to go shooting again with the gang.

Which events are you gonna take part in?
For this year, I plan to do the Western Atlantic Surf Series, as well as the Caribbean Surf Network tour, and a few events in the National series here. I might head over to Puerto Rico in the winter, but I’m definitely gonna start doing the WQS tour next year and working a lot more with some photographers on some videos and editorials for a few Mags.

So, what are your current goals?
Surfing wise, I want to make it to the highest level of competition, and to make a name for my country and the Caribbean in the world of surfing, be it through contests or just media features. I want to make it to a high enough level to provide a solid foundation and support for my family, and continue to work with the groms here in Jamaica and I aim to produce champions, as I have seen the potential of some of these children and know they can make it a lot farther than I will, and so I just want to help give them the future that I know they can get; To make my country and region a mark in the surfing world and a force to be reckoned with.

What is the heritage you would like to let to the next generation of surfers?
I want the next generation of surfers to look to ma as the one who helped pave the path for them to follow; The one who challenged the world and made it possible for children to believe and pursue their dreams in what ever field they want; to motivate and inspire the new generation to go for gold and know that they are just as good as anyone else, and they can achieve just as great or even greater things than I have ever achieved.


Who makes you feel stronger/more confident/happier?
I draw happiness from many things; I really love helping people and teaching children. Surfing is a given, it keeps me smiling and I love playing music. But most of all spending time with the people I love. There is nothing that tops that. Recently I have been spending a lot of my time with my fiancée and it has helped me keep more focuses, I’ve been surfing a lot better and my confidence is out of this world. Owing to this I have just won a PanAmerican Surfing Association sanctioned event in Cube, as well as bouncing back from a very racist and offensive article published by a journalist in Australia. I am really focused now on my career and moving forward to meet my dreams as I now have all the confidence I need to take the world by large.

Let’s end with some creative stuff… Which drawing you would choose to paint on your board now?
Well as far as board art is concerned, I have always drew rats, because of the nickname of me and my two brothers when we were just beginning to take onto the waves out at zoo. We were known as the surf rats, and we created out logo and designed a rat for each of the three of us. I also really like abstract art, so I might put on something that just stands out that describes my personality or my surfing.

Which song would you sing on your board, waiting for a wave?
Wow… I sing lots of songs out in the water depending on my mood and the type and quality of the waves, but the two I sing mostly are "White shadows" by Coldplay, which was the sound track for my section in a local video my dad edited a few years ago, or the song for Kalani Robb’s section in Good times.. I can’t remember the name of the song though, something about “I can’t tell you what you want, I can’t tell you what you need, I can’t read your mind but would I understand if I could”

Which maneuver would you have liked to invent?
The Mary, well its now known as the kerrupt flip or something like that, that’s my claim to fame as far as moves are concerned. But I really like the rodeo clown, which would have been a really nice move to invent.

What is your current state of mind?
I’m just so happy right now, and just working as hard as can for making my career a great success. I am always a really happy guy and just fun loving, and stoked on life.

A last word?
Really like to thank all my sponsors, Insight, Reef, Smith, OAM, Freestyle, Redbull, and Quashi for giving me the opportunity to charge my dream s. and to all the kids out there Just know your goals and go for it, and take a deep breath.

Thank you very much!!!
 
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ICAH WILMOT WINS 2009 PASA CUBA EVENT 
 
Top Jamaican pro surfer Icah Wilmot won the Pan American Surfing Association's first ever event in Cuba. The event saw entrants from Cuba Jamaica, Barbados and the Dominican Republic. Icah was victorious in the open surf division and collected the Gold Medal for his efforts. Ametza Nichols of Barbados was second.
 
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JAMAICANS FINISH IN THE HEADLINES
OF 2009 CARIBBEAN WATERMAN CHALLENGE
 

Jamaica's surf scene has been gaining momentum in the region with our open and junior surfers making loud statements in the recently concluded CSN series. Over in Trinidad the Caribbean Waterman Challenge declares winners in a number of marine disciplines. Jamaica has been included now for the first time and the results are impressive for a first time entrant. Check it all out at CARIBBEAN WATERMAN CHALLENGE
 
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JAMAICAN JUNIORS GREEN AND HASTINGS
RECEIVE 2009 ISA SCHOLARSHIPS
 
 
 
 
Armani Green and Ronald Hastings, two of Jamaica’s junior surfers, along with Venezuela’s Nicolas Bulla and Trinidad & Tobago’s Ian Ross Schweden are recipients of International Surfing Association Scholarships. The ISA announced the recipients of the 2010 ISA Individual Scholarship Program during the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in New Zealand. 

The ISA Scholarship Program has consistently grown since it first started in 2007 due to the generous funding from Billabong, The Quiksilver Foundation and Reef Redemption, and the continued support from ISA member nations. 

    For 2010 the ISA has issued 25 scholarships to Under 18 junior surfers from 20 different countries. The ISA received 77 applications from 29 countries for this year’s program. 

    ISA President, Fernando Aguirre said about this year's Scholarship Program, “I believe the ISA Scholarship Program is a huge step forward for the ISA to contribute to bettering the lives of junior surfers around the world.  Together, we are supporting the dreams and hopes of good students who are also good surfers.

    After careful review by the Scholarship Selection Committee, the ISA announced the following surfers as ISA Surfing Ambassadors. The recipients are inspirational human beings, great surfers, and avid students who want to succeed in surfing and school.

The 2010 ISA Scholarship Recipients are:
Ana Martina Gainza – Argentina, Armani Green – Jamaica, Belko Contreras – Chile, Benjamin de Castro – Angola, Carlos Cervantes – Mexico, Cesar Reyes – Ecuador, Colby Stanley – Spain, Donghoon Kim – South Korea, Hussain Rasheed – Maldives, Ian Ross Schweden – Trinidad and Tobago, Jarred Veldhuis – South Africa, Jean Carlos Gonzales – Panama, Jean Carlos Mendez - Costa Rica, Juninho Urcia – Peru, Mahorahora McLeod – New Zealand, Mamadou Mbengue – Senegal, Marissa Shaw – United States, Miluska Tello – Peru, Naomi Kabayashi – Japan, Nicolas Bulla – Venezuela, Papi Makanyane – South Africa, Roger Vuuanza – Angola, Ronald Hastings – Jamaica, Tassy Swallow – Great Britain, Tobias Ortells – Argentina
 
    We are very proud of Armani’s and Ronald’s achievements over the past 5 years” said JSA President Billy Wilmot. “They have matured into responsible and conscientious young men and are role models for young Jamaicans everywhere. 14 year-old Armani has represented Jamaica in international competition in Ecuador last year and 12 year old Ronald is one of the most improved juniors. They are focused and have conducted themselves admirably on all occasions. I am sure this scholarship will go far towards their personal, academic, and athletic development.”As ISA Individual Scholarship recipients, Armani and Ronald will serve as ambassadors of the ISA and the sport of surfing, and will be involved in the ISA’s world wide promotional campaign associated with the program. The ISA supports athletes who are interested in bettering their surfing and education, but most importantly being an example and inspiration to other human beings.
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JAMAICA MAKE STATEMENT IN 2009 SUZUKI CARIBBEAN PRO SERIES 
 

Jamaicans juniors dominated the 2009 Suzuki Caribbean Pro Surf Tour which came to a close on December 1st 2009. Jamaican Junior pro surfers Shane Simmonds, Ackeam Phillips and Eneson Lightbourn finished the series in the top three spots..

The final event of the three event series was held at the world famous Soup Bowl surfing beach at Bathsheba in Barbados and was co-hosted by the Caribbean Surf Network in association with the Barbados Surfing Association. It ran over three days and saw competition in Pro Men, Pro Women, Pro Juniors and Pro Body Board divisions with a total Prize Purse of US$???

The event was blessed with good surf and top class surfing at the right hand reef/point that saw thirty one Pro Men and fifteen Pro Junior surfers registering to compete from the USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

Jamaica had a strong contingent which consisted of open men Luke Williams, Icah and Inilek Wilmot and junior men Shane Simmonds, Ackeam Phillips, Eneson Lightbourn, Jason Pusey and Michael Panton who all surfed in the open men division as well.

Shane Simmonds who finished second at Soup bowl event was declared the 2009 Suzuki Caribbean Junior Pro Champion. His team mates Ackeam Phillips who also made the junior final in Barbados took series second with fellow team mate Eneson Lightbourn taking third.

The open division was won by Lewis St John of Barbados who was declared the 2009 Suzuki Caribbean Open Pro Champion after winning all three events in the series. Jamaicans Icah Wilmot, Luke Williams Ackeam Phillips and Inilek Wilmot all finished in the top ten in the Caribbean and in so doing declared that Jamaica is a force to be reckoned with in Caribbean Surfing.

 

HERE ARE THE OFFICIAL SUZUKI CARIBBEAN PRO TOUR FINAL STANDINGS  

 

JUNIOR MEN

 COUNTRY 

 MAKKA 

 SAN-SOUCI 

 SOUP BOWL 

 TOTAL 

1ST

Shane Simmonds

JAM

1000

583

860

2443

2ND

Ackeam Philips

JAM

610

1000

670

2280

3RD

Enson Lightbourn

JAM

670

730

500

1900

4TH

Chelsea Tuach

BAR

610

670

555

1835

5TH

Michael Panton

JAM

488

610

500

1598

6TH

Jordan Heaselgrave

BAR

860

0

730

1590

7TH

Stafan Corbin

BAR

730

0

610

1340

8TH

Lewis St John

BAR

0

0

1000

1000

9TH

Dario Jordan

TT

0

860

0

860

10TH

Zack Humphreys

BAR

0

0

610

610

=11TH

Sharma Beckford

JAM

555

0

0

555

=

Lloyd Jacks

JAM

555

0

0

555

=

Oneil Coa

TT

0

555

0

555

=

Jonathan Reece

BAR

0

0

555

555

=

Ivah Wilmot

JAM

555

0

0

555

16TH

Stefan Leechin

TT

0

528

0

528

17TH

Ian Ross

TT

0

500

0

500

=

Jose Tavarez

PRC

0

0

500

500

=

Curtio Brathwaite

BAR

0

0

500

500

=

Mathew Mike

TT

0

500

0

500

21ST

Garren Pryce

JAM

488

0

0

488

=

Ronley Lewis

JAM

488

0

0

488

23RD

Christain Chin

TT

0

475

0

475

=

Craig Defreitas

TT

0

475

0

475

25TH

Dane Mackie

BAR

0

0

450

450

=

Ametza Nichols

BAR

0

0

450

450

=

Joshua Bourke

BAR

0

0

450

450

 

 

 

 

OPEN MEN

Country

MAKKA

SAN SOUCI

SOUP BOWL

TOTAL

1st

Lewis St John

BAR

1000

1000

1000

3000

2nd

Icah Wilmot

JAM

555

730

500

1785

3rd

Shane Simmonds

JAM

860

475

425

1760

4th

Luke Williams

JAM

610

670

400

1680

5th

Ackeam Philips

JAM

583

500

500

1583

6th

Inilek Wilmot

JAM

670

555

340

1565

7th

Christopher Dennis

TT

0

860

610

1470

8th

Christopher Clarke

BAR

500

583

360

1443

9th

Michael Panton

JAM

528

475

360

1363

10 th

Eneson Lightbourn

JAM

500

450

380

1330

11 th

Jason Pusey

JAM

450

500

340

1290

12 th

Jordan Heaselgrave

BAR

730

0

450

1180

13 th

Stafan Corbin

BAR

475

0

610

1085

14th

Alan Davis

TT

0

610

360

970

15th

Simon Coles

BAR

475

0

425

900

16th

Jose Graves

PRC

0

0

860

860

17th

Jensen Callaway

USA

0

0

730

730

18th

Robert Roman

USA

0

0

670

670

=19th

Jose Tavarez

PRC

0

0

555

555

=19th

Peter Hill

BAR

0

0

555

555

21st

Jason Apparicio 

TT

0

528

0

528

=22nd

Barry Banfield

BAR

0

0

475

475

=22nd

Zack Humphrys

USA

0

0

475

475

=24th

Alan Burke

BAR

0

0

450

450

=24th

Mathew Kydd

BAR

450

0

0

450

=24th

Ken Barker

TT

0

450

0

450

=27th

Ishack Wilmot 

JAM

425

0

0

425

=27th

Joel Lawrence

JAM

425

0

0

425

=27th

Che Lovelace

TT

0

425

0

425

=27th

Sean Moruf

TT

0

425

0

425

=31st

Brian Gooding

BAR

0

0


400

=31st

Christian Boos

BAR

0

0

400

400

=33rd

Dean Randazo

USA

0

0

380

380

=33rd

Chris Sullivan

USA

0

0

380

380

=33rd

Jake Corbin

BAR

0

0


380

36th

Jason Oliver

BAR

0

0

360

360

=37th

Anderson Meyers

BAR

0

0

340

340

=37th

David Hoad

BAR

0

0

340

340

 

OPEN WOMEN

Country

MAKKA

SAN SOUCI

SOUP BOWL

TOTAL

1st

Chelsea Tuach

BAR

1000

1000

1000

3000

2nd

Ametza Nichols

BAR

860

0

730

1590

=3rd

Tova Miller

TT

0

860

0

860

=3rd

Chelsea Roett

BAR

0

0

860

860

=5th

Imani Wilmot 

JAM

730

0

0

730

=5th

Chrisanna Harewood

TT

0

730

0

730

7th

Jessica Williams

JAM

670

0

0

670

=8th

Elim Beckford

JAM

610

0

0

610

=8th

Jade Nicholls

BAR

0

0

610

610

 

 
 
 
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A SURFER AT THE OLYMPIC CONGRESS IN DENMARK
 
 
 
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ISA President Fernando Aguerre
with IOC President Jaques Rogge
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ISA President Fernando Aguerre with East Timor President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mr. Jose Ramos-Horta

 

Read notes from International Surfing Association President, Fernando Aguerre
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JAMAICA GETS FEATURE IN BRAZIL'S TRIP MAGAZINE
 
 
 
Jamaica got a nice article in TRIP magazine down in Brazil. The article gave a down-to-earth exposition of the surf / skate scene in Jamaica. If you can read the language... check it out
 
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TEAM JAMAICA FINISH 28th @
 
2009 Billabong ISA WSG
 
Team Jamaica put up a valiant effort at the 2009 World Surfing Games to hang on to 28th place from 35 attending nations, a fall of one place in the world rankings. Jamaicas best result came from womens entrant Imani Wilmot who won her first round heat securing a 33rd place world rank. As usual Team Jamaica was the Belle of the ball...
 
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ICAH IN SURF CARIBE TRAVEL PHOTO FEATURE
 
 
Jamaica's top open surfer Icah Wilmot was invited to be a part of Surfers Path Magazine photo shoot to the island of Haiti a couple years ago and it has just come out on the Surf caribe website. Some sweet waves with audio comentary by Icah. Check it out
 
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JAMAICA FEATURE ON SURFCARIBE.COM
 
 
Jamaica got a feature in surfcaribe.com featuring a Lighthouse session early in the summer season. It features some realy nice shots of the local crew having fun on some small waves... check it out!

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 JAMAICA COPS SURFLINE PHOTO FEATURE
 
 Jamaica is always in the limelight somewhere. Here is a nice piece that is up on surfline featuring the Jamaican surf scene with comentary by Jamaican waterman Billy Wilmot and other local characters. Beautiful photography by Jamie Brisick.
 
 
 
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TEAM JAMAICA FINISH 23rd AT THE 2009
 
 WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS ECUADOR 

The curtains came down on the 2009 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Salinas Ecuador on Sunday April 5th.. Team Australia walked away with top honours with Hawaii, Brazil, USA, France, South Africa, New Zealand, Tahiti, Peru and Costa Rica rounding off the top 10.

  “The Youngsters did us proud, especially the under 16 duo of Ackeam Taylor and Garren Pryce “ said JSA President Billy Wilmot “ they gave their team mate and Captain, top finishing under 18 Shane Simmonds, good support by advancing and putting half their division behind them.” 

Jamaica fielded 6 of a possible 12 entrants which severely limited Jamaica’s final world ranking potential. None the less the partial team was able to finish 23rd ahead of Italy, Morocco, Canada, Guatemala and Nicaragua. 

 

 

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TOP CLASS CARRIBBEAN SURFING AT JSA/CSN 2009

SUZUKI MAKKA PRO

 The 2009 renewal of the JSA/CSN Suzuki Makka Pro was held in 4’-5’ waves at the Makka Surfing Beach in Southaven, Yallah, St Thomas on July 4th-5th. Barbadians Lewis St John and Chelsea Tuach along with local boy Shane Simmonds shared the championship honors.

The event which featured top Caribbean pro surfers attracted 16 pro men, 5 pro women and 12 junior pro surfers from Barbados and Jamaica along with thousands of local patrons to the south coast’s premiere surf contest venue. The event, now in its third year, is one of three in the CSN’s Caribbean Challenge Cup series. The Makka Pro is being hailed as the “Biggest surfing contest in the English speaking Caribbean” and attracted a diverse demographic of spectators from babes in arms to great grandmothers from all sectors of the society.

The open men division of the event was conducted in the double elimination format with 20 minute heats and narrowed the field down to the top 4 entrants for the 25 minute final. There was much excitement as Jamaica’s Shane Simmonds and Inilek Wilmot matched up against Lewis St John and Jordan Heaselgrave from Barbados. The surf was consistent and the surfers shared 27 waves between them.

The surfers executed radical, vertical, top-to-bottom maneuvers to impress the judges and delight the crowd on hand. The exchanges were fast and furious.. Lewis  made good use of the 7 he caught and had the highest scoring ride with an 8..75. He backed it up with a 6.15 for 14.9 and the win. Shane Simmonds grabbed 10 waves and delivered a 7.0 and a 7.25 for 14.25 to hold on to second. Jordan rode 6 waves and caught a nice one earning a 7.0 from the judges but could only find a 5.05 to back it up and had to be satisfied with 12.05 and third. Inilek Wilmot who surfed strongly all two days had trouble finding the better waves in the final and was only able to score a 6.1 backed up by a 5.5 for 11.6 which was only good enough for fourth.

The junior pro final between Jamaicans Shane Simmonds and Eneson Lightbourn and, Bajan’s Jordan Heaselgrave and Stefan Corbin was another thriller. The boys shared 30 waves in the 25 minute final. It was close with the lead swapping hands numerous times. Eventually Shane showed his dominance posting a 7.25 and a 6.5 for 13.75 and the top spot. Jordan surfed strongly and held on to second with a 6.35 and a 6.0 for 12.35. Stefan caught 11 waves but couldn’t get the right ones and could only find a 6.0 and a 5.65 for 11.65 and third.. Eneson surfed well and posted his best finish at the Makka Pro with a 4.75 and a 4.35 for 9.1 and fourth place.

The Ladies final was an entertaining affair.. Chelsea Tuach and Ametza Nicholls from Barbados faced off with Jamaicans Imani Wilmot, Jessica Williams and Elim Beckford. The Bajans showed their dominance of the Ladies division with strong surfing. Young Chelsea bided her time and with good wave selection blazed to the front with a 6.16 and a 6..0 for an unassailable 12.16 total to claim the top spot. Ametza also surfed strongly but failed to get the quality second wave she needed to get within striking distance of Chelsea and with a 6.33 under her belt could only find a 4.66 to back it up for 10.99 and second. The main challenge coming from Jamaica was provided by Imani who posted a 4.16 and a 4.06 for 8.22 for third. Jessica in her first pro event did well to score a 4.23 but couldn’t get a second wave better than a 1.86 for a 6.9 total and fourth. Elim had difficulty finding two solid waves and with a 2.53 and a 2.83 was only able to post a 5.16 total for fifth spot.

JSA President Billy “CC” Wilmot provided lively commentary throughout the day with help from CSN Director Bajan Nick Donawa. There were loud cheers and whistles from the crowd on the beach each time a surfer executed an impressive maneuver and by the end of the day the patrons had become expert surf judges themselves.

Jamaica’s top performers this year were Shane Simmonds who successfully defended his junior title while nabbing a second place in the open men division. Other top finishers in the open men included last years runner up in the men’s open Inilek Wilmot, Luke Williams, Ackeam Phillips, Icah Wilmot and Michael Panton who all finished in the money. In the women’s division Imani Wilmot and Jessica Williams made it to the money round with Eneson Lightbourn finishing in the prizes in the pro juniors.

“This event is another step towards the JSA realizing the association’s mandate of making surfing a sport of choice for all Jamaicans” said Mr. Wilmot. “The fact that our event has by far the most spectator support of any surf event in the region is proof of the interest this spectator friendly sport generates here in Jamaica. Combined with the possibilities in alternate tourism we see surfing doing for Saint Thomas what Reggae and Tourism have done for Jamaica.”

The JSA would like to thank our partners who made this event possible. Suzuki, Caribbean Surf Network, The Sports Development Foundation, Insight, Xtrak, Magma, Ipath, Mailpac, The JSA and the citizens of Southaven.

                          

  

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 BILLY GETS CARIBBEAN WATERMAN

LEGEND OF THE MONTH FEATURE

  

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CHAMPION OF JAMAICAN SURFING!

If Anthony Wilmot, better known as Billy Mystic, had not ever learned to swim or had never fallen in love with the ocean, his musical talent and accomplishments would have been enough to dub him a legitimate Caribbean Legend. During his 30+ years of playing reggae music as the leader of the world renowned band Mystic Revealers, he has rubbed elbows with the likes of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and produced timeless classics like Album “Space and Time”.

Yet, there is a side to Billy that many of his fans may never have the opportunity to understand; Billy Mystic is a Champion of Jamaican Surfing and a True Caribbean Waterman Legend. Billy fell in love with the ocean from as young as a kid, and has transformed this love into a personal mission to develop, promote, and protect the sport of surfing in Jamaica.

The Ultra Talented Musician has used his skills to traverse into television and film in the past, however, perhaps the best use of his fame and good musical fortune has been helping to generate interest for the Jamaican Surfing Association, of which he was a founding member in 1999, and is currently the president.

In Just 10 short years, Billy has really put Jamaican surfing on the Map. The JSA has attracted a number of sponsors since their inception in 1999. Prestigious international companies such as INSIGHT clothing, QUASHI surfboards, XTRAK deck pads, MAGMA wax, BODY GLOVE wet suits, OAM surf accessories, REEF Footwear, RED BULL, FREESTYLE watches and COPA Airlines have all bought into the Jamaican surf image, sponsoring the JSA and individual surfers.

More recently, the Jamaica Surfing Association has attracted a sponsorship deal from top footwear company IPATH. The contract which will run for two years in the first instance with a value in excess of a million Jamaican dollars per year includes cash, travel and product support, photo incentives as well as a percentage on sales of a specially designed JSA Shoe to be released in 2010.

“This is wonderful news for the JSA” said JSA President Billy Wilmot. “This shows that our work of legitimizing Jamaica as a surfing nation through competing at major regional and international events as a way in which to attract international sponsors is paying off”.

Mr. Wilmot went on to say “After taking part in the World and Pan Am surfing Games, the industry’s top surf magazines sent crews to Jamaica and did articles on the Jamaican surf scene. Potential sponsors started to notice us and the next thing we knew we were getting calls from well respected surf industry brands”

The majority of the exposure was made possible by the exploitation of Billy’s great image and persona, combined with the effective utilization of years of hard earned contacts, all for the greater good of the surfers of Jamaica. Fathering a hand full of kids that love the ocean just as much as the man himself, it’s not hard to understand why he is so driven to provide an avenue to the relatively juvenile sport to advance in the island.

A recent 2-page Advertisement for INSIGHT brand in Surfing Magazine that featured the Wilmot family, along with fellow dreadlocked Caribbean surfer Jason Apparicio, is testament to the great impact and success Billy has enjoyed thus far. One of Billy’s sons had this to say about his father’s influence:

“Surfing has existed in Jamaica for almost 50 years, and for the first 40 years or so Jamaica’s surfing culture was like a bubble, the inside of which was virtually unknown to the world. It was an inside that didn’t really care for the world’s attention because we have a little paradise here that could have remained a beautiful secret, for who knows how long? My brothers and I started surfing in the late 90’s. We surfed for the first couple years watching surf movies from the early 80’s and late 70’s. We were living in a freeze frame.

Billy Mystic.

Anthony ‘Billy’ Wilmot is the man who broke that bubble. He is the champion of modern Jamaican surfing. He lead the charge that created the Jamaica surfing association in 1999, with the vision of creating a future for young surfers and to guide the development of Jamaican surfing, which I have come to realize is quite unique. Since its inception the Jamaica surfing association has had many great successes. It continues to create that future for young surfers (still driven by the determination of Billy).

Many youths from rural areas have had the opportunity to travel to international events representing their country, and are now regarded heroes in their communities. Surfing is now seen as a great opportunity, whereas before it was just a pass time that was even considered a waste of time by some. There are now many more surfers involved in the sport, especially amongst the youngest group. When we were kids, we were the only surfers in our age group on the south coast, and there was another very small group of young surfers on the north coast. Presently we have a separate series for the many groms that surf now.

Billy is also a champion in the water. When we started out, he was the best surfer on the island, and we’ve heard stories and have seen old film footage of him surfing in Puerto Rico, charging just like the surfers in those old videos we grew up watching. Up until today there are few barrels to match the ones he used to get at Zoo on those big days. And we’ll never forget Zoo’s last ride.”

Billy’s contributions to Caribbean culture, both through his Music and Love of Surfing, make him a true Caribbean Waterman Legend.  Keep an eye out for the Wilmot offspring too, dominating the Caribbean competitive surfing arena!  But don’t worry, competitive or not, with Billy’s crew, it’s good vibes all the time!

* Thanks to Inilek Wilmot to contributing content to this article.