Valiant Efforts, But A Short Trip

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: April 6, 2009

ECUADOR — After six days of heated competition all the surfers on Team Jamaica have been eliminated from the 2009 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Salinas, Ecuador.

“It is bitter sweet for me…” said JSA President Billy Wilmot “I had hoped that Shane (Simmonds) 49th and Lloyd (Jacks) 61st would have made it further but all being considered it’s still not a bad result for them.”

“Lloyd still has another year and 13 year old Armani (Green) 81st was there for the experience as part of our under 16 development program. He will do better when he competes in the under 16 next year”…

“I was really impressed with the under 16 boys.”

The younger surfers who competed in the under-16 division performed extremely well despite their tender years. 13-year-old Ackeam Taylor placed 49th in his division and with three more years in that division shows lots of promise.

A top 50 world rank at age 13 is a big achievement. 14-year-old Garren Pryce also did well in the under 16. He placed 61st with teammate 14-year-old Oshane Usher in 85th.

Overall, Jamaica fielded six of a possible 12 entrants which severely limited their final world ranking potential. Nonetheless, the partial team was able to finish 23rd ahead of Italy, Morocco, Canada, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

The final Team placing will be announced at the presentation ceremony after the finals on Sunday which can be watched live on the World Wide Web at starting at 8 a.m.