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Jamaicans Gear Up For National Open
JAMAICA — The Jamaica Surfing Association’s 2009 contest season will kick off on January 24 at the Lighthouse Surfing Beach at Plumb Point along the Palisadoes peninsula beginning at 9 am.
All of Jamaica’s top surfers are expected to take part in this event as the results from it will set the tone for the annual point’s battle for the title of 2009 National Open Champion and selection for the 2010 National Open Team.
’08 Champ Icah Wilmot who finished strongly last year with three wins and two second place showings will now be pressed to defend his title by the top challengers. The other four events of the annual five-event series are spread throughout the year climaxing in December.
Local surfing conditions are very good at this time of year. The regular winter cold fronts which swing off North America out over the Atlantic, send powerful “swells” down into the Caribbean creating high surf conditions along Jamaica’s northeast and southeast coasts the result of which can be observed near Kingston as one drives along the peninsula towards the Norman Manley Airport, or at world famous beaches like “Boston Bay” and “Long Bay” in Portland.
Jamaica’s surfing is now followed closely by the international surfing world and local surfers have now started to attract international sponsorship attention.
Local surfers such as 2008 National Open Champ Icah Wilmot has wooed the hearts of sponsors such as INSIGHT Clothing, QUASHI Surfboards, NIXON Watches, REEF footwear and ON-A-MISSION surf accessories who all help to promote his career by using his images in advertising campaigns and facilitating his attendance at numerous international Pro/Am events throughout the region and around the world.
The public is invited to attend the event but please remember your beach towels, umbrellas, water and picnic basket as it will be an all day affair.