The SATT National Surfing Championships 2009 took place over the weekend and with the dedicated support of RedBull Energy Drink it turned out to be a very successful event! King Neptune really provided increadible surf once again this year, with suprisingly "going-off" conditions all morning on the second day. When the chartes were calling for a reduction in size, the surf actually got slightly bigger, cleaner and more lined up.
Che Lovelace banking a turn to Masters Victory.
Champions were crowned in the U14, U18, Mens, Masters, and Grand Masters categories, with tight competition among the athletes in each category. In the U18 it was Oneal Coa reclaiming his title from 2007, that he lost last year to Dario Jordan. In the U14 it was Local Boy Jamie Phillips that took top honors.
In the Grand Masters (45+) it was Andrew "Quincy" Cabral that put 4 of his old time rivals under pressure and came out victorious, whereas in the Masters Division (35-45yrs) Che Lovelace managed to defend his title from last year. Finally, in the Open Mens division, it was SATT President Keith Lewis that fought through the Repo-Charge rounds of the event and created an unexpected upset in the final heat of the day, taking the National Championship from Chris Dennis who was a close second.
Chris Dennis boosts a 2-hand grab rail air in the Final of Open Mens.
There was a great turnout at the beach and the weather really cooperated all weekend. Beach goers and surfing supports enjoyed great music and visual stimulation provided by the RedBull Pinzi Vehicle, as many of them cooked up and limed while enjoying the highest quality local surfing action.
The current National Team and Local Head Judge John Torrey will be travelling to Costa Rica next month (aug 1-9th), along with teams from Jamaica and Barbados, to represesnt the Caribbean at the ISA World Surfing Games 2009. Look out for our guys matching up with the hottest surfers from around the world, which will be streamed live at www.isasurf.org !
Keith Lewis, winner of Open Mens, with a front side off the lip.
U-14 BOYS1. JAMIE PHILLIPS2. IAN SCHEWDEN3. ISAIAH ALEONG-BAKSH4. MATTHEW MILNEU-18 BOYS1. ONEAL COA2. IAN SCHEWDEN3. JAMIE PHILLIPS4. CRAIG DE FREITASMASTERS 35-451. CHE LOVELACE2. MIKEY PHILLIPS3.4. SHERRARD SPIERSGRAND MASTERS 45+1. ANDREW CABRAL2.
3. JOHN TORRY4. LARRY COELHOOPEN MEN1. KEITH LEWIS2. CHRIS DENNIS3. CHE LOVELACE4. JESSE JARVIS