Winner Keanu Asing is all smiles after winning the final.
Winner of the women Claire Bevilacqua and second place Alessa Quizon on the podium with
Joshua Burke makes it to semis
Barbados’ Joshua Burke made it to the semi-finals of the World Surf League (WSL) Barbados Surf Pro Qualifying Series 3000 at Drill Hall Beach yesterday before losing out to the eventual winner Keanu Asing (Hawaii).
In a tough battle Burke found himself behind Asing who had posted some impressive scores of 8.67 and 9.87 midway through the semi-final heat.
Asing then backed it up with a 9.43 to replace his 8.67 and gave Burke the tough task of needing a better combo score of 19.30 to win and advance to the final. Burke finished with 8.50 and a 7.20 for a total of 15.70.
Asing went on to win the event in fine fashion. With the waves rolling in faster than earlier in the day when it was slow-going for the women, Asing went head to head with Shane Campbell from Australia in the final.
Some impressive vertical cut backs off the lip of the wave by both surfers, were a highlight of the final as they worked every inch of the waves. However it was Asing with a crushing ten-point wave at the end, that assured himself the title. Similar to his Semi-Final Heat, Asing had already posted two nine-point waves before the ten-point wave came to give him a total of 19.50 for victory. Campbell finished with 18.17.
The women’s title was won by Claire Bevilacqua from Australia who beat out Alessa Quizon from Hawaii in the final.
Quizon was leading right down to the end in the final and both caught two good waves just before the horn.
With the scores dropping afterwards, Bevilacqua had done it, getting an 8.40 on her final wave to snatch the lead with a total of 16.07. Quizon finished with 15.93 after not getting enough out of her final wave.
Earlier in the quarter finals both Bajans Chelsea Tuach and Chelsea Roett got knocked out during a slow section of the day. (CG)