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Callaway & Wilmot crowned Makka Pro champs

 Makka Beach action © Billy Wilmot


2011 Makka Pro

Jamaica Surfing Association
Makka Surfing Beach, Southaven, Yallahs Saint Thomas
29 - 31 July 2011

Saint Thomas takes the spotlight as Makka Pro Surfing draws thousands

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 August, 2011 : - - The Jamaica Surfing Association’s (JSA) 5th annual Makka Pro surfing contest was held at the world famous Makka surfing beach in Southaven Yallahs Saint Thomas on July 30-31 and attracted thousands of spectators to witness world class surfing performances from the region’s top athletes. The event was a family affair with music, craft and food venders, rides for the children and product sampling by numerous sponsors.

Jensen Callaway, Jeremy Johnson, Alexis Lautkzer, Leslie Dickerson from USA, Joshua Bourke, Jordan Heaslegrave and, Mathew Kidd from Barbados and Chris Dennis, Jason Aparicio and Dario Jordan from Trinidad and Tobago squared off against Jamaica’s best for cash, prizes and Western Atlantic Pro Surf Series (WAPSS) points on offer.

The crowd was treated to two days of exciting surfing in waves ranging from two to four feet. Intermittent rain squalls kept things interesting as competitive action out in the water had the crowd cheering on their favorites at every spectacular move.

The US’s Jensen Callaway and Jeremy Johnson finished in the top two spots of the men’s open division with stiff opposition being offered from third and fourth place finishers Barbados’ young Josh Bourke and 2010 Makka Pro Champion Jamaica’s Icah Wilmot.

In the junior division Jordan and Josh, the two young Bajans, finished first and second and stamped their dominance over Jamaica’s Shane Simmonds and Ackeam Phillips. The women’s division on the other hand was another matter entirely with Imani Wilmot and Danielle Ohayon taking the top two spots over the two Americans Leslie and Alexis in 3rd and 4th, and Jamaican Elim Beckford in 5th.

“The Makka Pro has become the biggest public spectacle in Saint Thomas…” said JSA President Billy Wilmot. “… With corporate confidence in our efforts building steadily at each renewal, it is now a major calendar event for Saint Thomas, Jamaica, the Caribbean region and the world surfing community.”

The Jamaica Tourist Board under its “Once You Go You Know” campaign has bought into the JSA’s vision for the development of surfing at the eastern end of the island and has signed on as a sponsorship partner for the annual event. Saint Thomas which has missed out on much of Jamaica’s tourism industry publicity and development, ironically due in large part to its consistently rough seas, is now garnering international attention because of its waves and the Makka Pro.

The event was sponsored by The JSA, WAPSS, JTB, SDF, Insight, 7 Union, Spanish Court Hotel, WATA, OAM, XTRAK, MAGMA, Arnette, Dakine,Able Planet, Millennium Paving Stones Ltd.,


Podium © Billy Wilmot


Open Men
1. Jensen Callaway.
2. Jeremy Johnson.
3. Josh Bourke.
4. Icah Wilmot.
=5. Chris Dennis, Jordan Heasealgrave.
=7. Ackeam Phillips, Inilek Wilmot.
=9.  Luke Williams, Tristan English, Jason Apparicio, Shane Simmonds.
=13. Eneson Lightbourn, Dario Jordan, Michael Panton.
=16. Joel Lawrence, Doran Edwards, Mathew Kidd.

Junior Men
1. Jordan Heaselgrave
2. Josh Bourke
3. Shane Simmonds
4. Ackeam Phillips
=5. Dario Jordan, Akeem Taylor.
=7. Ivah Wilmot, Elishama Beckford.
=9. Ronald Hastings, Armani Green, Garren Pryce.

Open Women
1. Imani Wilmot
2. Danielle Ohayon
3. Leslie Dickerson
4. Alexis Lautkzer
5. Elim Beckford

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