Barbados: Six of the island’s top junior surfers competed in ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which started on the 24 November and runs until the 03 of December.
The surfers Kai St George, Warren Povey, Jayden Hill will be competing in the under-18 division while Rafe Gooding, Tommaso Layson and Christian Stoute will compete in the under-16 division. The young surfers will join some of the world’s best junior surfers from 45 countries who will take part in the Under-16 and Under-18 categories.
St. George , the island’s 2022 Under-18 ‘Surfer of the Year’ is competing in his third international event for the year. He competed at the Pan American Surfing Games and the CAC Games which were held in El Salvador in June.
Povey, is a former under-14 and under-16 national champion and the 2022 Under-18 national champion. He was in action at the NSSA (National Scholastic Surfing Association) tournament earlier this year in Florida where he finished seventh in the Open Men’s division.
Hill was a finalist in the under-18 division of five local BSA competitions this year and this will be his first international tournament.
Gooding is the 2022 Under-16 ‘Surfer of the Year’ and this is his second time at the games. He also competed in the NSSA tournament in New Smyrna, Florida this year and placed fifth in the juniors.
The talented Tommaso Layson won the under-16 Junior Championship at the NSSA in New Smyrna in April and the Rip Curl Grom Search in August, before going on to Virginia Beach where he also won the 12-14 division for the second year consecutive year.
Stoute, the youngest competitor on the team is looking forward to his first ISA World Juniors.
Stoute had an impressive win in the 12 and under division at the Live Like Zander event in April this year. He also took the 2022 Under-14 national title and is currently leading the Under- 14 division in the 2023 Surfer of the Year Championships.