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Talma off to Turkey
World-renowned surfer BrianTalma is leaving the island today for Turkey where he will be introducing the sport of paddle-surfing, as well as his Beach Culture Art, to hundreds of tourists at the Robinson’s Club there.
Talma first brought paddle-surfing to Barbados in 2005 and, according to him, “people laughed at it and wanted to know if I had gone mad’. However, Talma has had the last laugh as paddle-surfing is now the fastest growing watersport in the world.
“I took the sport into Europe as an ambassador for paddle surfing and won in Germany and in Holland and came third in the World Cup in England. I was even a poster boy for the World Cup in Germany and I think Barbados could be a doing a lot more with the sport. When I went to the Robinson’s Club in the Maldives last year and this year, I was such a hit that Robinson’s wanted me to be an ambassador for the sport at their club in Turkey. It is quite unfortunate that I will be promoting Robinson’s Club in the Maldives and not Barbados,” noted Talma.
He added that the paddle-surfing is so popular is because it is so easy. With surfing Talma notes there are barriers, but that is not the case with paddle surfing.
He admitted he is disheartened at the way he is treated in Barbados, where many believe that his best days are far behind him.
“I am very disappointed because here in Barbados everyone thinks my career is finished, but internationally I am in great demand. I went to Austria recently and came second in the 60km relay stand-up paddle,” said Talma.
After Turkey, Talma will be heading to the 2nd European Championships, an indoor surf competition in Munich, Germany.
When he returns home from this European leg of his world tour, Talma, in association with the Barbados Tourism Association, will be hosting a paddle-surfing contest around Barbados called Last Man Standing in October. International stand-up paddling competitors are slated to come for this competition which is scheduled to begin and end in front Talma’s shop in Silver Sands, Christ Church. (PG)