Winning waves

Barbados’ Chelsea Roett continues to make waves in the world of surfing.

Fresh from her third-place finish at the Ron Jon Vans ASP Junior Pro-Women’s contest in Cocoa Beach, Florida, Roett earned herself two podium spots by winning the Explorer Women’s and the Open Women’s Divisions at the recently concluded NSSA East Coast Regional Championships held at New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Chelsea Roett (centre) showing off her winning trophy.
Chelsea Roett (centre) showing off her winning trophy.

Roett had a perfect winning streak on her way to the finals, winning all of her qualifying heats. She then sealed the deal in the finals bringing home the championship trophies in both divisions, adding two more highly acclaimed surfing titles to her list of ever increasing achievements on the international arena. This result qualifies Roett for the NSSA National Championships in Huntington Beach, California in June.

Speaking after her excellent surfing show, Roett said she totally enjoyed the contest and found the waves to be lots of fun with some punchy sections where she could perform big maneuvers that allowed her to get the scores she needed.

New Smyrna Beach is well known for having sharks around all the time and they created a few anxious moments for her. On one occasion a spinner shark surfaced a few feet away in one of her semi-final heats and grabbed a smaller fish for its meal. Then the day before the finals two guys in the contest got minor bites by two sharks. Fortunately, Roett had no such encounters in either of her finals and could focus fully on winning her heats.

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