Mackie leads lo­cal charge

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 4 - Mike King

by mikek­ing @na­tion­

Dy­namic Dane Mackie gave the most ex­hil­a­rat­ing per­for­mance on a day that home­town surfers made their mark at the PEG In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val at the Soup Bowl, Bathsheba.

Mackie and Che Al­lan and Josh Burke all ad­vanced to the round of 16 in the World Surf League Thomo QS, with the Bar­ba­dian trio also march­ing through to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the TSL In­de­pen­dence Pro.

In the In­de­pen­dence Pro, Mackie drew gasps from a crowd that in­cluded Bar­ba­dos Surf­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (BSA) pres­i­dent Paul “The Surfer” Bourne and for­mer ace surfer An­der­son “Hog­gie” May­ers, with some jaw­drop­ping manoeuvres in the morn­ing that earned him a 9.77, far and away the best wave score of the day.


The big names de­liv­ered on a day in which the surf was a lit­tle smaller than on the two pre­vi­ous two days, with waves rang­ing from three to four feet.

Chauncey Robin­son, a 20-year-old Amer­i­can who hails from Mel­bourne Beach, Florida, surfed in the same heat as Mackie in the In­de­pen­dence Pro, and topped that group with a com­bined score of 15.86, hav­ing scored 9.10 on one of his waves.

Mackie, who hails from the South Coast, was the sec­ond qual­i­fier from his heat with a com­bined score of 14.34. The fast-ris­ing Burke and Al­lan were 1-2 in Heat 6, while Tyler Gunter, the North Amer­i­can Ju­nior Tour cham­pion, was the top qual­i­fier from Heat 5.

The script was ba­si­cally sim­i­lar for the Thomo QS, a World Surf­ing League event held in me­mory of lo­cal found­ing fa­ther Bill Thomp­son. Robin­son and Burke were im­pres­sive win­ners of their heats, along with French­man Leo-paul Eti­enne and Amer­i­cans Ste­vie Pittman and Gabriel Morvil.

Robin­son had scores of 8.50 and 5.83, while Burke had scores of 7.83 and 7.10. Al­lan, who was grouped in Heat 3 with Robin­son, had scores of 7.83 and 6.37.

Pittman got the loud­est cheers in the evening with some de­light­ful turns and a tail-slid­ing ma­noeu­vre to fin­ish a big wave that earned him a wave score of 9.27 and a com­bined to­tal of 16.27. Mackie was sec­ond in that heat with scores of 6.33 and 6.07.

Chelsea Roett kept the Bar­ba­dos flag fly­ing by storm­ing through to the semi-fi­nals of the In­de­pen­dence Pro women’s com­pe­ti­tion. In the quar­ter-fi­nals, she cap­tured Heat 4 with a com­bined score of 10.93.

The favourites Saman­tha Si­b­ley and Tiare Thomp­son of the United States won Heats 2 and 3, re­spec­tively, with com­bined to­tals of 13.63 and 13.24.

WSL tour man­ager Brian Rob­bins told Week­end Sport that surf­ing fans are in for a big­ger splash this week­end, as Pittman, Robin­son, Gunter and the Bar­ba­dian stars, raise the bar.

The six-day fes­ti­val, or­gan­ised by Surf Pro­mo­tions Bar­ba­dos Limited in con­junc­tion with the Bar­ba­dos Surf­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, is at­tract­ing over 120 com­peti­tors from 12 coun­tries and fea­tures four surf con­tests.

(Pic­tures com­pli­ments Wsl/an­drew Ni­chols.)

Dane Mackie had some jaw-drop­ping manoeuvres in the morn­ing that earned him a 9.77, far and away the best wave score of the day.

Josh Burke glided through to the round of 16 in the Thomo QS with some de­light­ful manoeuvres.

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