“International surfers have already begun arriving since Monday to compete for the US$5,000.00 on offer at the 2008 Makka Pro surf contest…” said JSA President Billy Wilmot. The event which will be held at the Makka Surfing Beach at the Yallahs community of Southaven in Saint Thomas 18 – 20 July attracted over 30 surfers and more than 7000 spectators last year is expected to be even bigger this year.
The Makka Pro is the third stop on the Caribbean Surf Network’s 4 event regional series. The series sees competition in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados. Trinidad’s National Champion Jason Apparicio and runner up Chris Dennis who nabbed the top two spots at Makka last year will not be on hand to defend their titles.
Jamaican, Luke Williams who stands in 5th place overall in the series will be looking to capitalize on that fact and make a run for the series title. Icah Wilmot finished 3rd last year at Makka and will be looking to claim the event as his this time around.
They will both have their work cut out for them though as challenges will come from a strong Bajan contingent including last years 4th place finisher Adrian Small and top Barbados Pro surfer Mark Holder.
The USA will also be represented with Dane Jefferys and Scott Clelland from Florida having already arrived on the island. Alexis Gordon of Barbados who will be looking to retain the title she nabbed last year in the women’s division.
She will be up against local girls Danielle O’Hayon, who now lies in overall 2nd in the series, and Imani Wilmot who finished 3rd at Makka last year who will have their own thoughts on the final outcome.
Competition will also be held in the Men’s Junior division this year and will offer a chance for top local under 18 surfers to match skills with the top junior surfers from around the region with local stand outs Shane Simmonds and Ackeam Phillips expected to do well.
1ST Thibault Breneol GLP 1730
2ND Lewis St.John BAR 1610
3RD Mark Holder BAR 1340
4TH Bruce Mackie BAR 1285
5TH Luke Williams JAM 1165
1ST Ametza Nicholls BAR 2000
2ND Danielle Ohyan JAM 1530
3RD Jade Nicholls BAR 1340
4TH Chelsea Roett BAR 860
5TH Chelsea Tuach BAR 730
1ST Bruce Mackie BAR 1860
2ND Lewis St.John BAR 1730
3RD Jordan Heaselgrave BAR 1280
4TH Sean Milliene MAR 860
5TH Jesse Jarvis TT 730
Source: Jamaica Surf Association