Mackie third in surfing competition
Top Barbados surfer Bruce Mackie finished an impressive third at the 2016 World Surf League QS100 Boardmasters competition which concluded on Sunday at Fistral Beach, in Cornwall, England.
In the WSL event, rated as one of the biggest and most prestigious competitions on the professional British surfing calendar, the 24-year-old Mackie emerged as the most outstanding Caribbean performer at the international event where fellow Barbadians Che Allan and Chelsea Roett also took on the waves.
The 21-year-old Roett was also impressive among international female surfers and finished fifth after winning her qualifying rounds to make the Women’s open final. Allan, the youngest member of Barbados contingent, finished 17th overall and also established his best WSL career result to date.
In challenging conditions, Mackie surfed with a high level of skill and consistency and worked his way through the rounds, winning three of his five heats and placing second in two.
The overall third position was also Mackie’s best WSL career result and he is hoping to sustain the momentum going into two other WSL events this month in the United States. Mackie, Allan and Roett are expected to compete in the upcoming WSL QS Vans Pro event at Virginia Beach, Virginia, and the WRV Outer Banks Pro event in North Carolina.
The talented Mackie is also seeking to improve his results on the WSL tour and position himself to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.