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Roett riding high

Chelsea wins Independence pro surf festival

Barbadian surfer Chelsea Roett was hoisted high into the air yesterday and deservingly so after delivering a stellar performance to win the women’s open competition at the 2014 Barbados Independence Pro Surf Festival.   

Roett surfed her way to victory at the famous Soup Bowl in Bathsheba, defeating Barbados’ top rated women’s surfer, Chelsea Tuach who came first last year in the women’s open but had to settle for second this time around.

Tuach, however, did not walk away empty handed as she won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) junior women’s competition which also took place earlier at the Soup Bowl this weekend. Roett finished second.

“I feel really good. I am really happy that after that second I came back and won the open women’s,” said an ecstatic Roett.

“The waves were kind of lulling off a little bit so when the waves did come I had to make sure and catch them or else I wasn’t going to get a score.”

Looking ahead, Roett has her eyes set on the Pro juniors and the World Qualifying Series surfing competition slated for overseas next year.

Yesterday’s competition is one of the biggest surfing events on the Barbados Surfing Association (BSA) calendar and it attracted several overseas participants including some from the United States.

Chelsea Roett being lifted by her dad and company after winning the women’s open  pro at the Soup Bowl in Bathsheba, St Joseph. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Chelsea Roett being lifted by her dad and company after winning the women’s open
pro at the Soup Bowl in Bathsheba, St Joseph. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

American Cody Thompson won the coveted Men’s Open title ahead of local boy Joshua Burke who entered that event for the first time and placed second. Thompson used his experience to come out on top over the 17-year-old Burke who has won the under-16, under-18 and under-21 title numerous times.

His second placed finish was the highest by a 17-year-old in the competition.

Following his win Thompson said: “I feel elated. I came here two years ago and I won and this is my second time here and to win again it was awesome.”

He added: “The waves weren’t amazing but it was still some of the best surf I have surfed in a contest and it is always nice to get back here and surf at the Soup Bowl, it is one of my favourite waves.”

The 25-year-old said one of his plans was to participate in the competition again next year.

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