Wilmot, Phillips Take Junior Championships

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: August 9, 2008

Ivah Wilmot

Ivah Wilmot

JAMAICA – The third and final event of the Jamaica Surfing Association’s series was held at popular east Portland surfing beach “Long Bay” back on August 2nd.

The conditions were good with 2′-3′ waves and intermittent showers. The event got off to a late start with 21 junior surfers registering for the event, fourteen under 16 surfers and seven under 18 surfers.

The under 16 division was run first. With 4 rounds of competition narrowing the field to the top four performers, Ivah Wilmot, Ackeam Taylor, Oshane Usher and Shama Beckford. With 1000 points on the line for first place the youngsters paddled out under the watchful eyes of the judging panel.

The horn sounded and the final was on. Thirty waves were ridden by the contestants in the 20 minute heat. Ivah opened up with a blistering wave where he executed 5 scoring manoeuvres earning the highest wave score of the heat. Ackeam and Oshane mounted concerted attacks on Ivah’s lead with impressive rides of their own which got the north coast spectators into frenzy.

Ivah responded with another high scoring ride which opened up a bit of daylight between himself and the rest of the field. They all had more rides but failed to get the high point score necessary to overtake Ivah and by the final count down the writing was on the wall. Ivah finished in first, Ackeam second Oshane third and Shama fourth.

Their point haul from the final was added to their point total from the two previous events in the series and Ivah Wilmot was declared the overall 2008 National Under 16 Junior Champion.

Place 08NJSC#3 U16 points
1 Ivah Wilmot 1000
2 Ackeam Taylor 860
3 Oshane Usher 730
4 Shama Beckford 670
=5 Garren Pryce 610
=5 Amani Green 610
=7 Warren Lewis 555
=7 Ricardo Crossman 555
=7 Conrad Smith 555
=10 Leon McKenzie 488
=10 Ronald Hastings 488
=12 Ackeam Anglin 462
=12 Kevardo Mattis 462
14 Janoy Hall 438

Final ’08 Series U16 Standings

Place Under 16 NJSC1 NJSC2 NJSC3 Total
1 Ivah Wilmot 1000 670 1000 2670
2 Amani Green 730 860 610 2200
=2 Garren Pryce 860 730 610 2200
4 Ronald Hastings 670 500 488 1658
5 Leon McKenzie 610 555 488 1653
6 Ackeam Anglin 610 500 462 1572
7 Ackeam Taylor - – - 1000 860 1860
8 Shama Beckford - – - 610 670 1280
9 Oshane Usher - – - 610 730 1340
10 Jahnoy Hall - – - 555 438 993
11 Ricardo Crossman 555 555
=11 Conrad Smith - – - - – - 555 555
13 Kevardo Mattis - – - - – - 462 462
14 Janoy Hall - – - - – - 438 438

Next up were the under 18 boys. Two semi final heats were run to reduce the seven man field to the top four performers to display their prowess for the scrutiny of the judges in attendance. Ackeam Phillips, Shane Simmonds, Michael Panton and Gawayne Gallimore then paddled out for the 20 minute final. The hirn sounded for the start of the heat and the surfers got busy.

They rode 28 waves between them with Ackeam, Shane and Michael having the best time of it. Gawayne was struggling in the very challenging surf which required a very technical approach to garner high scores. The lead changed hands several times before the final horn sounded.

Ackeam Taylor

Ackeam Taylor

When it did, the judge’s scores were tallied and Ackeam earned the 1000 points on offer for the top spot, Shane nabbed 860 for second, Michael 730 for third and Gawayne 670 for fourth. When the point totals from all three events were added to determine the 2008 National Under 18 Junior Champion was declared to be Ackeam Phillips.

Place 08NJSC#3 U18 points
1 Ackeam Phillips 1000
2 Shane Simmonds 860
3 Michael Panton 730
4 Gawayne Gallimore 670
=5 Ronley Lewis 610
=5 Lennox Wright 610
7 Anthony Taylor 555

Place Under 18 NJSC1 NJSC2 NJSC3 Total
1 Ackeam Phillips 860 1000 1000 2860
2 Ronley Lewis 730 610 610 1950
3 Shane Simmonds 1000 - – - 860 1860
4 Michael Panton - – - 670 730 1400
5 Gawayne Gallimore - – - 610 670 1280
6 Lennox Wright - – - 555 610 1165
7 Lloyd Jacks - – - 860 - – - 860
8 Jason Pusey - – - 730 - – - 730
9 Travis Atkinson - – - 555 - – - 555