Jamaican Surfers Headed To Portugal

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: August 12, 2008

JAMAICA — Jamaica’s National Open Surf Team is currently in preparation for the upcoming 2008 World Surfing Games to be held in Portugal in October. Jamaica will be seeking to improve on their 25th place showing at the last renewal of the Games held in Huntington Beach California back in 2006.

“It is very unlikely that we will be able to field a complete 13 member team to the Games this year considering the very high airfares to Europe at this time…” said JSA President Billy Wilmot. “So far we have financial assistance from The Sports Development Foundation and our clothing sponsors INSIGHT of Australia.”

“We already have wetsuits for the team courtesy of our sponsors BODYGLOVE and surfboards by QUASHI, but with airfares alone running $100,000.00 each plus visas, surfboard shipping, entry fees, ground transportation, accommodations and meals, we are facing a very formidable challenge.

Our tentative team will consist of team manager plus

Open Men: Inilek Wilmot, Luke Williams, Icah Wilmot, Ackeam Phillips

Open Women: Elim Beckford and Danielle OHayon,

Men’s Long Board: Drum Drummond

Men’s Body Board: Scott Murray and Daniel Chinyee

“These are our most capable surfers and we expect them to perform credibly at the Games. We have no female body boarder to complete the team but if we are able to send the abovementioned athletes we should have a very good chance of improving on our 25th place World Ranking considerably” said Wilmot.