Team Jamaica wrap up, reflect on ISA Juniors

Team Jamaica with Fernando Aguerre in the center © ISA

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International Surfing Association
Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua
8 - 16 June 2013

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Team Jamaica finish 26th at the ISA World Junior Champs

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 July, 2013 : - - Jamaica’s five member junior surfing team recently returned from the International Surfing Association’s 2013 World Junior Surfing Championships in Tola, Nicaragua, where they participated finishing 26 from the 30 competing nations.

The Jamaica Surfing Association sighted lack of funding as the reason for not being able to field a more complete team. The full team would see 4 under 18 boys, 4 under 16 boys, 2 under 18 girls and 2 under 16 girls representing. Unfortunately Jamaica was only able to send 3 under 18 boys and 2 under 16 boys which greatly reduced the team’s total potential point count.

“It is very expensive for a small Association such as the JSA to find the funding for these international events especially without the support of corporate Jamaica. There are entry fees, airfare, accommodation, perdiems, team equipment shipping, visas and document processing...” explained JSA President Billy Wilmot, “Just to send the junior team to Nicaragua cost the JSA about 1 million dollars and that was only a partial team. When each year you have to field teams to three World Championship events, “Master”, “Open” and “Junior” divisions, the expenses quickly skyrocket.”

Individually however the team performed credibly with each contestant improving their opening rank. In the under 16 division, Ronald Hastings in his debut performance at the games in the under 16 division climbed 8 spots to 81. Ivah Wilmot improved his world rank from 88 to 57, a move of 31 places.

In the under 18 division, Armani Green improved his rank 2 places from 87 to 85. Elishama Beckford moved up 13 places from 86 to 73 and Garren Pryce who was ranked at 85 going in finished in 49 improving 36 places in the world junior rankings.

“We are very proud of the kid’s efforts and achievements and will continue to support their surfing development and potential careers…” said Mr. Wilmot.

“We will be introducing a local junior pro series which will see a prize purse of J$200,000.00 spread out over about 6 events. It will be very press worthy and will motivate our young surfers. It will be designed to bring more attention to the sport locally and as the names of local surf stars become more recognizable and attract a fan base, maybe we will attract the support of our local business sector.”

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running Open Division World Championships since 1964, Junior World Championships since 1980, and Masters World Championships since 2007. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the Tandem Surfing World Title, and held the first stand-alone World Bodyboard Championship in 2011, and the first World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 70 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA's three Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER) and Debbie Beacham (USA).

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Source: JSA

Author: Billy Wilmot

Tags: International Surfing Association, World Junior Champs, Jamaica

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