Dane Mackie Wins Double Divisions at Barbados Junior Surf Club Contest

…Lost Enterprises rider Dane Mackie won both the Under 14 and Under 16 divisions at the recent Barbados Junior Surf Club Burkie Surf Series Event #3. Check out the full story below from EASTERNSURF.COM

WHO: Barbados’ most talented under-18 surfers.

WHAT: Barbados Junior Surf Club Burkie Surf Series Event #3.

WHEN: Saturday, June 25th, 2011.

WHERE: Silver Sands Resort, Christ Church, Barbados.

WHY: The Barbados Junior Surfing Club’s Burkie Junior Surf Series Event #3 was held at Silver Sands Resort in Christ Church for the first time ever. The high-performance beachbreak brought out the junior surfers on the island, who all answered the call. The morning of the event saw a massive tree wash right into the nearshore air section, and Barbados’ finest groms would have none of this, so they banded together in a solid team effort, lassoed the offending debris, and cleared it from their playground so the real surfing action could begin.

In the premier Under 18 Open division, a rampaging Jordan Heaselgrave stamped his claim on the 1st-place spot, punctuating the beachbreak conditions with combinations of vertical reentries and powerful tailslides. As the Club now rounds the midyear schedule curve leading into the final stretch, Jordan puts himself into the running for the overall grand prize chasing new season leader Dane Mackie, who chucked some massive backside air reverses to the delight of the crowd on the beach. Mackie, newly sponsored by …Lost Enterprises, now leads the rankings over an equally impressive Joshua Burke, who launched a salvo of frontside air reverses throughout the day. Burke would finish 3rd, sliding back into 2nd-place overall, followed by Daniel Edghill, whose aerial repertoire and massive rooster tails of spray displaced much of the Atlantic Ocean and any patches of seaweed that dared get in his way.

Moving onto the youngest groms, the 10 & Under division was neck and neck with Jacob Burke and Zander Venezia tied for 1st overall heading into Event #3. The division witnessed the closest finish between the top two competitors, with mere 0.06 of a point separating the judges’ score line. But Burke took the top spot with his frontside hacks and one of the better barrels of the day. Venezia now steps a few points back in the ratings with his 2nd-place finish, but he’s definitely not out of reach. Young Caleb Rapson made his debut final in a BJSC event, placing 3rd overall and advancing into the top four in the overall ranking. There is great rising talent in our youngest division and they show no hesitation, whether it be paddling out into waist-high South Point or chucking themselves over the steep faces of Soup Bowl.

Che Allan regained his momentum in the 12 & Under division race with a victory in Event #3. The Quiksilver-sponsored Allan displayed great top-to-bottom surfing and pulled off some speedy floaters on the sectiony beachbreak to advance his overall lead in the division. Andrew Rose showcased his wide repertoire of maneuvers, seeking the barrel and launching into the air for a 2nd-place finish. 3rd-place finisher Jacob Burke still remains in the 12 & Under running with Allan and Rose, followed by Zander Venezia who placed 4th for the day.

The 14 & Under division was won by Dane Mackie, who now increases his lead in the division over 2nd-place Joshua Burke. These two groms are setting new levels for the rising juniors developing behind them and jostling for 1st and 2nd in the division we expect the battle for the overall title to remain unsettled until the final horn in December. Andrew Rose took 3rd-place in the division and moved into the top four of the overall rankings. Josh Galt also made a statement with his vertical backside reentries and frontside hacks, finishing 4th.

The Under 16 division race is very close at the mid-year hump, as a semifinal elimination for Daniel Edghill saw the ratings leader knocked back to 3rd-place overall. Dane Mackie took top prize with Joshua Burke in 2nd, however the two are now tied for the overall lead with Edghill in firing distance. And in Under 18 Girls, the constant challenge between Chelsea Roett and Chelsea Tuach for the top spot overall continued. The two girls controlled the heat with Tuach throwing her frontside slashes and Roett countering with her vertical backside approach. However it was Tuach who seized the day with a win, although she still trails overall rating leader Roett heading into the final events. Also vying for the future girls crown were Isabella Venezia, who charged the beachbreak conditions for a 3rd-place finish, and Gylla Mackenzie, who finished a mere 0.03 points behind Venezia in 4th. These young ladies are all well on their way to being future leaders of the division.

The Club now has a lull through summer before its next event, the BJSC Family Fun Day on October 22nd, 2011. However, there will be no rest for our young shining stars as the Club will in part fund a contingent of juniors heading to the United States to attend the Rip Curl GromSearch in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and Outer Banks, NC, along with the Coastal Edge East Coast Surf Championships in Virginia Beach, VA, and the NKF Surf Festival in Cocoa Beach, FL. The Club is proud to assist in the development of these young stars and wishes them success in their journey.

10 & UNDER
1. Jacob Burke
2. Zander Venezia
3. Caleb Rapson
4. Yuri Scutt
5. Liam Grant, Darrian Pitcher

12 & UNDER

1. Che Allan
2. Andrew Rose
3. Jacob Burke
4. Zander Venezia
5. Evan Moll, Seth Evelyn

14 & UNDER
1. Dane Mackie
2. Joshua Burke
3. Andrew Rose
4. Joshua Galt
5. Che Allan, Jacob Burke

UNDER 16

1. Dane Mackie
2. Joshua Burke
3. Che Allan
4. Zander Venezia
5. Daniel Edghill, Joshua Galt

UNDER 18 GIRLS
1. Chelsea Tuach
2. Chelsea Roett
3. Isabella Venezia
4. Gylla Mackenzie

UNDER 18 OPEN

1. Jordan Heaselgrave
2. Dane Mackie
3. Joshua Burke
4. Daniel Edghill
5. Chelsea Roett, Chelsea Tuach