Shane Simmonds: star of the Makka Pro

With just under a month to go, preparations for the JSA/CSN/WAPSS Makka Pro are all on track says JSA President Billy Wilmot.

“Things are looking bright with top pros from around the region and from as far away as the US west coast, Trinidad and Barbados already confirming their participation in Jamaica’s biggest Pro surfing event.

The recent violence and negative publicity associated with “Operation Tivoli” however, has put a major damper on the Makka Pro and points from the event will not be accredited to the US$10,000.00 WAPSS tour this year.

WAPSS director Mr. Mike Bloom traveled to Jamaica last week to observe the situation first hand and had this to say on the official WAPSS website. “Just giving a report from Jamaica to those interested in the unrest and warnings not to travel. I flew in to Kingston Airport yesterday, grabbed a cab and headed to Bull Bay to stay with a friend. I have seen no violence of any kind, in fact just the opposite. It looks to me like all the negative press is just another example of the media blowing things out of proportion. The area of unrest is a very small area and is not anywhere near the beach. The Makka Pro is in full swing and early preparations are under way. I even spent a good part of one day in Kingston meeting with sponsors and TV stations and there is no violence in sight. WAPSS and EPICE will be proud sponsors of the event and are here to help develop and support competitive surfing in Jamaica. However I can’t make it a point’s event for WAPSS due to the short notice for competitors but things are heating up for a really good event. The contest area is well outside of Kingston, and the vibe is Irie.”

The event which has been endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board, will see 2 days of competition 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. Cash prize payout will go for the top 16 finishers.


SOURCE: Jamaica Surfing Association