The Makka Pro surf contest at the Makka Surfing Beach, Southaven, Saint Thomas, will be taking place from 18-20 July. Last year the event attracted over 30 surfers and more than 7,000 spectators and this year’s $5,000 prize pool promises to draw an even bigger crowd of wave-riders.
The Makka Pro is the third stop of four on the Caribbean Surf Network’s regional series. The series sees competition in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados.
Trinidad’s National Champion Jason Apparicio and runner-up Chris Dennis who nabbed the top two spots at Makka last year will not be on hand to defend their titles. Jamaican Luke Williams who stands in 5th place overall in the series will be looking to capitalize on that fact and make a run for the series title. Icah Wilmot finished 3rd last year at Makka and will be looking to claim the event as his this time around. They will both have their work cut out though, as challenges will come from a strong Bajan contingent including last years 4th place finisher Adrian Small and top Barbados pro surfer Mark Holder. The USA will also be represented with Dane Jefferys and Scott Clelland from Florida having already arrived on the island.
Alexis Gordon of Barbados will be looking to retain the title she nabbed last year in the women’s division. She will be up against local girls Danielle O’Hayon, who now lies in overall second in the series, and Imani Wilmot who finished third at Makka last year.
Competition will also be held in the Men’s Junior division this year and will offer a chance for top local under 18 surfers to match skills with the top junior surfers from around the region with local stand-outs Shane Simmonds and Ackeam Phillips expected to do well.