A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
It’s A Victory For Inilek Wilmot
The north coast surfers had a big advantage at the popular Portland surfing beach and a number of junior surfers stood out in the smaller less powerful waves.
Surfers were under the watchful eyes of the judges as 15-minute heats were run for the surfers to demonstrate their surfing talents, and when the field had been narrowed the top six were Inilek Wilmot, Ackeem Taylor, Icah Wilmot, Ackeam Phillips, Michael Panton and Garren Pryce.
The surfers paddled out in the glassy conditions for the 20-minute final. The exchanges had the judges working to split the differences of the surfers’ rides as they executed “bottom turns”, “off-the-tops”, “cutbacks” and “aerials”.
Inilek sat closer in and found some “nuggets” which allowed him to show off his manoeuvres on nice sections right close to the judges and take first. Young Taylor had a number of impressive rides and one brilliant wave that had the small crowd on the beach cheering as he surfed all the way to shore securing second.
Icah who has been dominating the series also surfed strongly seeming to be able to magically get the most out of the tiny waves he caught and held onto third. Phillips kept the pressure on everyone with his looping off the tops and foam rides for fourth.
Panton also mixed it up and held a level head throughout the event but couldn’t find the wave he needed to do better than fifth. Pryce who surfed impressively throughout the elimination rounds struggled to find waves offering good scoring potential and finished sixth.
The series has seen five events. Results for the third event were lost and the final standings are calculated on surfers best three results from the four completed contests
Below are the final standings after 4 events
|2009 JAMAICA SURFING ASSOCIATION NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|1||Inilek Wilmot||South East||1000||730||0||555||1000||3285||2730|
|2||Icah Wilmot||South East||730||860||0||1000||730||3320||2590|
|3||Shane Simmonds||North East||860||1000||0||555||0||2415||2415|
|5||Ackeam Taylor||North East||450||610||0||475||860||2395||1945|
|6||Ackeam Phillips||South East||610||555||0||670||670||2390||1835|
|7||Garren Pryce||South East||555||500||0||583||583||2225||1725|
|8||Eneson Lightbourn||South East||583||610||0||500||0||1693||1693|
|9||Jason Pusey||North East||555||555||0||450||0||1560||1560|
|10||Ronley Lewis||South East||475||438||0||400||555||1868||1468|
|11||Shama Beckford||South East||450||500||0||500||0||1450||1450|
|12||Oshane Usher||North East||400||500||0||0||500||1400||1400|
|13||Ronald Hastings||South East||400||385||0||400||500||1685||1300|
|14||Armani Green||South East||400||438||0||450||0||1288||1288|
|16||Michael Panton||North East||500||0||0||0||610||1110||1110|
|17||Conrad Smith||North East||500||450||0||0||0||950||950|
|18||Ivah Wilmot||South East||0||438||0||0||475||913||913|
|19||Warren Lewis||North East||0||385||0||0||475||860||860|
|20||Dwight Roberts||North East||450||385||0||0||0||835||835|
|21||Jamoy Hall||North East||380||438||0||0||0||818||818|
|22||Sanjae Lewis||North East||0||385||0||0||395||780||780|
|23||Tristan English||North East||0||0||0||0||555||555||555|
|24||Gawayne Gallimore||North East||0||500||0||0||0||500||500|
|25||Dwayne Tracey||North East||475||0||0||0||0||475||475|
|26||Lennox Wright||North East||450||0||0||0||0||450||450|
|27||Gabre Beckford||South East||0||0||0||0||450||450||450|
|=||Noel Wright||North East||0||0||0||0||450||450||450|
|=||Adrian Lewis||North East||0||0||0||0||450||450||450|
|30||Ricardo Crossman||South East||0||0||0||0||450||450|