Makka Pro

“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.

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Roxy Pro Junior France

Carissa Moore (Oahu, HAW), 15, won the Roxy Pro Junior, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-2 Pro Junior, after defeating Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Justine Dupont (FRA) and Joahnne Defay (FRA) at La Cote des Basques in Biarritz.

Moore, who was surfing in her first contest ever in France, dominated the event with great levels of surfing defeating reigning ASP European Women’s Champion Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) on her way to the title.

Moore, who was one of two international surfers in the event, posted several high scores throughout the event including an impressive 18.80 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) in her opening heat, and another excellent 17.50 point heat score in the Quarterfinals.

"I am so happy to win this event", Moore said. "It is my first time in France and it was a great event. I had some good scores and eventually won the final."

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Jeffreys Bay

With the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay utlizing a couple of fabulous surf days at the beginning of the waiting period, it was a weekend off for the world’s best men, a time to drink in the balmy weather, indulge in a bit of traditional African sightseeing, and ready oneself for the business end of the contest.

Some great showings over the first couple of rounds, some highly anticipated clashes living up to expectation, the top seeds all advancing, yet a few shock second round results adding to the intrigue of this years J-Bay edition.

Although wearing the red singlet, Adriano de Souza was anything but the favourite heading into his first round clash with Jordy Smith, however the Brazilian title aspirant continued his great form in a tight tussle.

Andy and Bruce Irons don’t often meet this early, and along with Oz rookie Daniel Ross, they delivered an entertaining spat. Bruce was certain he’d lost and chucked his jersey at Andy while he headed for a hot shower, Andy having to suffer the indignity of not only returning little bro’s singlet, but having to tell the waiting media that the heat winner had left the building.

To his credit the three times ASP World Champion conducted this side act with great humour, the sign of a man at ease with himself and his surroundings.

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