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Monday’s BASN X-Sports Notebook
NEW YORK – Here is a look at the latest major happenings surrounding the X-sports world.
JAMAICAN SURFERS FACING FINANCIAL SQUEEZE
Jamaica’s Junior Surfing Team, scheduled to take part in the 2008 ISA/Quiksilver World Junior Surfing Championships (WJSC) in Hossegor France from May 21 to June 1 2008, has run into financial difficulties.
“This financial year has been a tough one” said JSA President Billy Wilmot. “Since last April we have sent national teams to the WJSC in Portugal, The Pan American Surfing Association Games (PASAG) in Chile and the World Masters Surfing Championships in Peru. The resulting financial strain on the association has been tremendous.”
The JSA now needs approximately three million dollars in order to send a complete team of 12 athletes and three management personnel to the event.
“With the short time remaining until the games we have decided to only send our top two juniors, Shane Simmonds and Ackeam Phillips with team Coach Luke Williams and Team Manager Norman Williams, and even with this reduced team we still are short on funding!” said Mr. Wilmot.
The JSA receives a small annual grant from the Sports Development Foundation. Most of their funding however, comes from main sponsors “Insight”, “Quashi”, “Body Glove”, “Copa”, “Margarittaville” along with a few intermittent donations from other private sources.
Mr. Wilmot continued “We are very disappointed that we will not be sending a full team but the deadlines are so quickly approaching and with our sponsorship requests not having yielded any returns, it seems we must face the facts. In order to send the four-member delegation we still need to find another J$300,000.00 of the required J$900,000.00″.
Anyone who is in a position to assist the JSA in making Jamaica’s participation at these prestigious championships may contact the JSA at email@example.com.
LACOMARE CLAIMS RIP CURL PRO JUNIOR CROWN
Marc Lacomare (FRA), 18, claimed the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe 3-Star Rip Curl Pro Junior powered by Renault at Peniche, Portugal, to take the lead of the 2008 season.
Lacomare, who lives in Hossegor, made his way during two days of solid three to six foot (one to two meter) waves, defeating Medi Veminardi (REU) in the first man-on-man final ever held at a Pro Junior event in Europe.
Lacomare, a promissing ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfer used to the French hollow beachbreaks, ended up winning with a solid 15.00 point heat tally (out of possible 20) against Veminardi.
Posting an excellent 8.83 point ride in the first ten minutes of the 30-minute final, Lacomare led all the way to his first crown of the season.
“I am stoked I won this event,” Lacomare said. “I want to thank my coach Stephen Bell for helping me in all my training and travel organisation this year because it is already making a difference.”
Lacomare, who ended up 6th on the overall 2007 Asp Europe Junior ratings, opens this year’s campaign with a win at one of the biggest events of the year.
“I missed out my qualification for the ASP World Junior Championships at Narabeen by one spot last year,” Lacomare said. “With this win, I am on for the regional title and am already looking forward to the next event in Tenerife.”
The European Pro Junior tour will head to the Canarian archipelago on the ilsnad of Tenerife in June, and Lacomare is already a favorite in the ASP Europe 4-Star Pro Junior.