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Contents Paddle Surfing

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Surf Board Care

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Rally Barbados

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Basic Surfing Fitness

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Surfing in Barbados Ametza Nicholls

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Paul Wilson

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* Bruce Makie - Poster

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Jade Niccolls

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Jamal Browne

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Hot to Land an Air

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Josie Graves rule waves

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Mud Dogs

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Kendal Sporting (Paintball)

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BMX

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Aggressive Blading

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Chelsea Tuach

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EDITORIAL Editor in Chief ADRIAN HOWARD xtremedegreez@live.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Tanya Hinds, Alan Burke, Heatherlynn Evanson, Dereck Camacho of DC Surfboards, Chris Welch Jared Williams (Mindpro) CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Lindsay Farmer, John Farmer, Kenny Tuach, Laurens Maas-Blaauw B.Sc. Ost, DI.Hom. G.Os.C. and FBIH, Robin Bradford, Himal Reece, Chris Welch, Jared Williams (Mindpro) ARTIST Jason Cole, Jared Williams SPECIAL THANKS Jason Keryc, Barney Gibbs, Paul Heaselgrave, Christopher Clarke,


Introduction

by Jason Cole

xtreme sports is representation of

adventure that comes with a free spirit and mind. Love for these nature bound sports make the mind and body come alive with the thrill and adrenaline of the moment. Barbados has been playing a major role in some of these extreme

sports thus giving us a place on the map for worldwide exposure with surfing, kite surfing and wind surfing being able to have a sense of riding on water is one of the most exciting and thrilling acts of becoming one with nature to the degree of flying like eagle.   Apart from the water bound sports you can also thrive on the creativity and art of skateboarding, inline skating, BMX stunting and mountain biking which produces sporting for the inside terrain. This terrain

also includes motocross racing, car racing and 4X4 racing which levies the art of riding and diving with skill and manoeuvring the vehicle in difficult positions. Be willing and ready for anything as the sky is your limit. Open your mind and let go, be one with the sport and you’ll find limitless possibilities. Adrian Howard Editor-in-Chief 

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After trying stand up paddle surfing in Barbados last summer, I got stoked to get into it and try and make a few boards to experiment with. It is a very natural form of surfing, it is like walking on water... And not to mention fantastic exercise even if there are no waves. My plan is to make a couple prototypes and get some feedback and see where I want to go with this. The first thing I needed to do is get some foam blanks.. Because if it’s size this was not easy. It had to be custom done and HUGE Just getting them to my shop was an ordeal!! Templates Because of the size it is not just a matter of using long board templates and adapting them. I needed to get some valuable feedback from riders that have been stand up paddling for some time, take what they liked and didn’t like into consideration and map out a great profile using successful measurements. The extremes I came across is that a board that paddles fast and stable, does not surf well, and a board that surfs well does not necessarily paddle all the well. I found looking at the measurements in most of the production SUPs on the market is that they cater for the non surfing paddlers. Understandable, seeing that a larger percentage of the riders buying these boards will probably spend more time paddling up and down the coast rather than actually surfing. My goal is to produce a good surfing board. Surfing feel first, paddling ability second. If I have to paddle a little harder to catch a wave, then so be it.... but I want to ride the wave with ease. To get a board this size and volume to handle surf, in my opinion the tail has to be pulled narrow. With all that volume, you have to be able to sink the tail a little to get the board to turn. A wider tail, while making the board



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more stable to paddle, is very difficult to turn, especially on the face of the wave. In the photo to the right, I am checking out the curves of two different lengths. A 10’6” and a 11’6”. Cutting the blank. Once I was happy with my templates, I began mapping out the shape on the enormous blank. I had to do this outside my shaping room. As you can see when I am sawing the blank, the blank is very thick so there will need to be a lot of shaping to get the profile I want. The board I want in inside that huge blank somewhere. With the excess foam cut of from the blank, I got it into my shaping room and now the fun begins. The blank was made over sized as this was my first SUP board so I wanted to make sure I had enough material to get what I wanted. This meant a LOT more work for me to get it down to the final size of the actual board. I also needed enough room in the blank to get the rocker I wanted. I had also prepared some rocker templates to use as a guide line. Feedback form SUP riders is that some boards, because of the size has a tendency to nose dive when it catches a wave. With this in mind, I gave it a moderate nose rocker and with my narrower tail and more volume forward, this should keep the

nose out of the drink. The design challenge is to try and make a board that has this much volume not feel like a big boat. Once on a wave, and the board picks up speed, I want the rider to be able to control the direction of the board and not just be along for the ride. I need control. For this I need to pay attention to the rail shape, the tail rocker and volume flow. Volume flow is very important. To get the volume of a 5- 5 1/2” thick block of foam to flow aesthetically is quite a challenge. It is very easy to have it come out looking like a barge if you are not careful. With a board this wide, generating lift is not a problem. In fact, I need the opposite. I need to find a way to actually allow the board to displace water from underneath. Too much lift will make the board uncontrollable when surfing and just ride high on top of the water. It will cause it to be difficult to change directions. To achieve this I played with some bottom shapes. Along most of the board’s bottom shape, I used a rounded bottom transitioning to a moderate ‘V’ out the tail.

Now it is off to get glassed. Handles. I have been working on some handles that will be installed on the deck of the board in a spot that should not interfere with feet positioning. I have been asked if this will weaken the board in any way. The answer is that without a handle, you are more likely to drop your board on it’s rail in the parking lot and damage it anyway. So having a better way to carry your board is a must! I have also made the handles out of 100% carbon fiber to keep it light AND strong... ... TO BE CONTINUED Photos taken by photographer Chris Welch

I also wanted to keep the deck as flat as passable (meaning not too much dome) . A flatter deck makes it easier to stand with your feet side by side when paddling and give you stability. To much deck dome makes it difficult and your feet sometimes will slide off one side or the other. This was another challenge. Because the thickness of the blank is carried outwards towards the rails, it means the rails will need to have a bigger diameter. However, the larger diameter rounded rails will also allow good release of water making it easier to sink a rail to turn, or hug the wall of a wave. Anyway, after a couple hours shaping and filling up 2 garbage bags full of foam shavings in my vacuum system, (it normally takes about 3 regular size surfboards to fill one bag) I was happy with the result. This one is 10’6” X 28”. pulled round pin tail. Xtreme Degreez Sports Mag




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Surfboard Care If you’re not a pro surfer or sponsored, you want to keep your beloved surfboard around for as long as possible. In reality, only sponsored pros can afford to update their quiver most of the time, and since a battered board will ride significantly worse (slower, less responsive) than one that has been cared for, and the unsightliness of a beat up board can considerably lower your on-the-beach coolness, it is beneficial to your performance in and out of the water that you follow some basic steps to keep your board looking tip-top and working efficiently. 1. Bag Your Board Out of the water, keep your board in a board bag at all times. I can’t stress this one enough because 75% of the dings and chips that will cause your board’s demise will occur in transport to and from the beach. My boards don’t sit around gathering dust; nonetheless, I have

kept boards white and pristine for as long as two years just by religiously keeping them covered. 2. Be Protective. The sun and heat is your board’s enemy, so store it safely in a cool, shady spot. Placing your board in a shed or car on a hot day will cause major delaminating issues from heat. In addition, the sun’s rays will cause major yellowing and weakening of the integrity of your board’s fibreglass coating, so don’t store your boards in the back yard or leave them on a roof rack uncovered too long. 3. Don’t procrastinate. Even minor dings can cause serious problems if left untreated for a long period of time, so be sure to repair any crack or puncture as soon as possible (at least after the swell is gone). Otherwise, water leaking into the inner foam core of your board will cause yellowing, delaminating, and worst of all, extra weight which is

the worst contributor to lower board performance. You should strip old wax off the deck in order to check for any unseen dings or cracks that may be lurking below. These steps will greatly elongate the life of your precious surfboard, stick, blade, weapon, tool, or any other Freudian term you want to assign it. In addition, remember to secure your board when transporting it in the bed of a truck, place it out of the way of foot traffic and car traffic (I have seen many boards fall prey to vehicles backing out of a parking space), and choose who may borrow your board wisely. Even with perfect care, a board will eventually lose its “energy” and require you to update to something fresh. Have fun and keep surfing.

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• Sean Gill will no doubt be looking to play the role of giant killer and fastest two-wheel drive in his 300bhp Suzuki Swift.

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Photographer: Himal Reece Roger “The Sheriff� Skeete in his Ford Escort WRC will be looking to extend his record to 11 Rally Barbados victories.

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Basic Surfing Fitness All water sports have their potential for injury as this fluid dimension has different forces and laws within it. Having been a surfer now for 14 years and running a holistic health practice I have seen many surfers with injuries in the clinic. The key factor with surfing is flexibility and strength. Surfers must have good overall fitness yet also have muscles that are nice and elastic. I have treated several professional surfers and world champions and the key factor is the flexibility and strength. Kelly Slater and other top professionals epitomize this completely and this is why they are such excellent surfers due to these key attributes of his surfing regimen. Maintaining flexibility through yoga and stretches and maintaining strength through periodic workouts as well as strong surf and swimming sessions helps develop a rugged musculo-skeletal system. The most common injury in surfing is the lower back strain. Here the muscles are usually overworked and have consequentially become tight. This repeated over tightening of the human back musculature causes all manner of joint irritation because the forces of the muscles in a repeatedly

tight range of motion causes a kind of scraping of the joint surfaces together. This joint scraping action ultimately leads to the gradual onset of inflammation and osteoarthritis. This scenario can be totally avoided, (based on 14 years of clinical experience) if the surfer follows some key rules 1. Regularly stretch the muscles of the body by doing general stretches or yoga. 2. Have a regular massage every week or two weeks; this will also keep the muscles loose and flexibility. 3. Focus on getting some good abdominal tone through doing regular sit-ups and abdominal work outs 4. Have really warm showers or a bath to help soothe the overworked muscles 5. If a joint is involved always finish with a cold icepack on the joint itself for about 20 mins; this will help to “cool� the joint inflammation 6. Take a regular fish oil as this helps with arthritis 7. Take Glucosamine Sulphate to aid cartilage function 8. Avoid eating allergic foods as this can flare up joints By following these simple rules one can add years of pleasurable surfing to ones life. This pleasure builds self-esteem and self-confidence, which ultimately translate into a human that is happy. Only a surfer knows the feeling. By Laurens Maas-Blaauw B.Sc. Ost, DI.Hom. G.Os.C. and FBIH Registered Osteopath and Homeopath (UK and Barbados) Director of the Maas Clinic www.themaasclinic.com

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Surfing in Barbados,and learning to surf in Barbados is world class.

Located 13.1 North and 59.9 west, Barbados is the most easterly Island of the Caribbean island chain, therefore the coast line is open to every bit of weather activity that generates a swell.A Swell is a term commonly used by surfers regarding waves are on the way and is generated by either a low pressure, high pressure, tropical depressions, tropical storms, hurricanes and during winter months Oct-April snow systems that move off the North eastern seaboard of the United States into the North Atlantic push large and powerful swells to our west, north and east coast. Basically in a “nut shell” you can surf in Barbados almost every day of the year. There is surf for all levels, beginners, social, competitive and World Champions! One of the most ideal areas in the world to learn to surf is on our South to South East coast, Burkies Surf school located at Long beach is situated in this area, the four locations of Longbeach, Surfers Point, South Point and Freights bay are all within a two mile radius and are all world class surf spots for learning, with Freights Bay being probably one of the best in the world to learn to surf. However, quite often this area and the south coast can receive large swells and become an advance surfers dream! The west coast has the best quality surf on the island but is also the most inconsistent, breaking only approx. 30 days a year, not the ideal coast to learn on due to the jagged, razor sharp coral shelves that the waves break on, its the shape of these reefs that make the waves of great quality, deep water on either side of the shelf, creates an A frame type wave, exactly what a surfer dreams of. The East coast, where the world famous “Soup Bowl” is located is the most consistent on the island, producing rideable days almost everyday, however due to the NE trade winds that blow all year, which blows side to onshore on this coast making conditions bumpy most days. The fifty-seventy five days a year that the wind swings out of the south- south west and with a 3-15ft North -North East swell running creates the most amazing waves

found anywhere in the world, and making it the ideal playground for the world’s best surfers, including eight time world Champ Kelly Slater whom stated in his autobiogfy “Pipe Dreams” as his fourth most favourite wave in the world, and on Feb 4th 2005 catching Soup Bowl at its all time best, Slater said “It was the best day of surfing in my life” By Alan Burke

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Photographer: Chris Welch EXPERIENCE - TRAINING I have been surfing for Four years. I attended a training camp with Alan Burke in 2004; he encouraged me to enter a competition that year while learning and I came third. I joined the Barbados Surfing Association in 2005 and began to surf competitively. That same year I attended an Easter Surf Camp sponsored by the Surfing Association, which brought to Barbados the National Coach for Brazil, Mr. Marcos Conde. ACHIEVEMENTS 2004 - Ladies School Championship – 3rd 2005 - NATIONAL UNDER 12 CHAMPION in the ladies division – 1st 2005 - 1st REEF BOWL – Ladies OPEN 2nd 2005 - SURFER OF THE YEAR – Under 12 Ladies – 1st 2006 CHAMPION – in the open ladies division – 1st - 12th March, ‘06 Youngest surfer in Barbados ever to

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achieve National Champion status CHAMPION – Under 18 ladies

QUIK SILVER WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – PORTUGAL

SURFER OF THE YEAR UNDER 18 AND OPEN LADIES

REEF BOWL – Ladies open 3rd overal Disappointing finish, but I still came out with the highest points for Barbados and I am very happy to have participated

QUIK SILVER WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – BRAZIL First International appearance – TEAM BARBADOS – under 18 ladies. This was a very good experience, my first international appearance and I learnt a lot. RIP CURL Grom Search – New Smyrna FL. USA second in the 16 and under ladies. Coming second to Amy Nichol in New Smyrna was a huge boost of confidence. RIP CURL Grom Search Finals – California USA 6th Overall in the 16 and under ladies. Making the finals in California was unbelievable to me at 13, but I did it and it felt great. 2007 - the Eastern Scholastic Surfing Championships Presented By FEW-New Zealand – 6th Overall in the Girls

2007 SURFER OF THE YEAR UNDER 18 AND OPEN LADIES 2008 LONG BEACH - 1st LADIES OPEN SUNDAY 3rd Feb. 2008 1st -UNDER 18 LADIES February 2008 – First Caribbean Surf Network’s event in Trinidad & Tobago 1st in the only ladies category OPEN DIVISION 8th & 9th March -NKM National Scholastic Championships - 1st Under 21 “1st Under 18 “1st Under 16 Highest points accumulated by a single athlete


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Paul Wilson

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interview by Chris Welch

Skateboarding in Barbados is one of the more underground sporting activities, practiced by small groups of dedicated skaters. Street skating is the most popular form of the sport, and with the passing of Tony Holder, considered the father of modern technical street skating in Barbados, a new generation of skaters has emerged led by Paul Wilson. Paul is a talented bodyboarder who won the 2007 CSN bodyboard title, a good surfer who surfs better than most surfers, an under-19 Barbados footballer, and the only local skater to ever make it into an international skate video (Carnivale). I sat down one hot summer afternoon, overlooking the west coast with Paul, and talked about his past, present and future.

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CW – He still around? PW – I think he is living in England now, funny thing I heard he is rollerblading now… (laughter all around) CW – Name your influences in skating, both local and international. PW – Locally its Tony Holder for sure. Outside it would have to be Natas Kaupas, just for his huge ollies and whole street style. CW – You actually got to hang with Natas, talk about that. PW – He had come here a few years ago on the Quicksilver boat for a surf trip. I was in the water at Bowl and a friend said, “That guy over there looks like Natas”, and I looked around and it was him, I almost didn’t believe my eyes. CW – Did you get to skate with him? PW – Nah, he didn’t have and skate stuff, and not much time here, so it didn’t work out. I think he was surprised someone recognized him; it was really cool to just meet him and hang. CW – So what have you been up to recently? PW – Besides staring at a computer and trying to learn more about them, just trying to get stuff done. Rebuild skating in Barbados, establish a scene and open the first all skateboard store that you can walk in and the salesperson knows what they are selling, greets you with a smile then offers to session later in the evening. CW – All in one skate shop then? PW – Yeah and also trying to organize an association and setup a park, and get people to realize that skating is not kids with toys. CW – You got married recently, tell me about that. PW – Yeah, I got hit on my head (laughs)… I met Jamie on my first trip to the States, which was a good trip from beginning to end. I met her just as I was ready to leave, then I didn’t want to leave anymore (more laughs). We got married a few months ago, its all good man. CW – How long have you been skating? PW – I think more than 20 years now. CW – What year you started? PW – Sometime in the 80’s, I was in my teens. CW – Remember the first board you had? PW – Yeah boy, it was a Mondo, a Zorlac Mondo with a huge nose. It had Thunder trucks and OJ2 wheels, I got it from Junie, remember him? CW – Yeah rastaman… he gave you the board? PW – Yeah. CW – Who was the first person you saw skating? PW – The same rastaman Junie.

CW – Tell me about the Irie One shop and why you started it? PW – I figured after my travels to the States and seeing how big skateboarding was, and all of my friends over there having sponsors, I said it was about time to let people in Barbados know there is a skate scene, and some of the guys here deserve stuff too. It’s been a little slow, cause the industry is over there (States), but Irie One is basically for the local scene, skaters here can’t always get proper equipment and facilities. So the store is a place where they can come and get setup and feel like a part of something big. CW – What are you hopes for the future of Irie One? PW – To get bigger and bigger, move on to better things, and to be there for whoever wants to be a part of skating in Barbados.

We plant the seed and hope others carry on the same vibe. CW – What are your thoughts on the state of skating in Bim? PW – I think it is at a good level, Irie One is bringing in boards and gear, skaters can come into the shop watch DVD’s and get an idea of what is going on in skateboarding. Luckily we met up with Rodney from RN Enterprises, who built a set of ramps, and its great cause the kids can now try tricks on the same obstacles they are seeing in the vids. They are adapting to the transition, and stepping up gradually, but it will take some time. On the whole we have some good skaters in Barbados right now, like Martin, Alex, Kevin (all 3) and Tosh. CW – What’s up with Unknown Souljah? PW – Hmmm…. Unknown Souljah just going through a whole transition right now, what I will try to do is get a local franchise, but that is all I can say right now. The name speaks for itself, the Unknown Souljahs will always be there, and they know who they are, and what we represent. CW – Current board setup and favorite trick. PW – That’s if my board last more than 3 weeks (laughs). Carl Watson model deck, Indy 159 trucks, and Kishina wheels. Kishina is a Californian company with roots in the Caribbean, so we are trying to push that. Favorite trick, probably a 5-O, because that is the only trick I can do at my age (laughter), nah flip tricks, tre flips, I’m more of a big trick person, big ollies or shove-its over stuff. CW – Favorite terrain to skate? PW – I guess anything that I encounter, because we don’t have a park yet, so I can’t say Tony Holder skate park. Pretty much curbs and ledges, like FCB that’s the sh#t right now. CW – Future plans, personally and generally. PW – Try to keep Irie One and Unknown Souljah going, travel with my wife and see certain things come forth before I really settle down, just enjoy myself as much as possible. CW – Any shout outs? PW – Just me (lots of laughter), nah dude… first and foremost Tony Holder, if not for Tony I would not be sitting here, I’d probably be in a gang or even dead and buried. All the crew that came up under Tony; Level Vibes, Solo, MFG which is Matthew who’s big and buff. Elon, Lil Paul, all the Quayside locals, basically anyone from Barbados who rides a skateboard and influenced my life. Outside of Bim you have Rory, all the Wilmington crew, Virginia beach boys, lastly whoever I skate, surf or chill with and inspire me to do the things I’m doing now. Sorry if I forgot anyone. CW – That’s it, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. PW – No problem, thanks and see ya.

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Bruce Makie - Soup Bowl, Photographer Chris Welch

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Jade Niccolls Biography

Jade Niccolls Learnt to surf at age of 8. She attended 2 two week sessions of beginners instruction with Alan Burke of Burke’s Surf School. Having learnt the bacis on beginners boards (liquid Shredder) Jade acquired her first real board as a Christmas present from her dad, having saved part of the money to cover the cost from her allowance from school etc. This board continues to be Jade’s favourite the Andy Irons signature board shaped by Eric Arakawa. Since then Jade, who loves the sea and sports, has been active in local surf competition held by the Barbados Surfing Association. She participated in a sponsored paddle from Accra Beach to the Boatyard on July 3rd, 2005, the surfer of the event at Sand Bank, Cattlewash St. Joseph- the girl’s under 12 Division September 2nd, 2006. The NKM School Surfing Championship at Drill Hall Beach on March 31st, 2007 and most of the Barbados Surfing Association sponsored events on the surf calendar. Jade has recently been competing in the Caribbean Surf Network surf competitions held locally in Barbados, Trinidad and most recently in Jamaica, the 2007 Makka Pro Surfing classic. At 13 years of Jade has come up against surfers twice her on many occasions but her determination and love for this sport have kept her focused on honing her skills and becoming the best that she can be at surfing. This year on September 22nd and 23rd 2007 she was vying for the open ladies surfer of the year title at the Soup Bowl, host by the Caribbean Surf Network, having participated in all events locally and internationally for the Suzuki/CSN Caribbean Challenge Tour 2007. Xtreme Degreez Sports Mag 24


Jamal Browne

Jamal Browne - Photographer Chris Welch

32 year old Jamal Browne has been skating for about 20 years off and on since he was 12, now a professional musician, Browne just skates for fun, pushing hard and big ollies.

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How To Land An Air

If you choose to fly, you’ll find yourself in the air. Humans can generally only defy the laws of gravity for brief moments. In surfing, getting into the air is the easy part–the landing is where things always seem to go wrong. Here’re some hints to help you land an air–and not break your legs in the process. Here he shows you by launching a large front side air. As Bruce comes down for a landing, he centres his weight over the middle of his board and keeps his knees bent. He also starts letting his tail lift up so he doesn’t pearl upon landing. Hint: Widening up your stance a bit before landing will help your success rate. B. Notice how he looks at his landing–this is crucial. You have to see where on the wave you’re about to land, so you can adjust accordingly. His knees are bent and preparing for touchdown. Hint: Airs are the cause of countless injuries. Don’t be a victim– bend your knees, and always stretch before you surf. C. As his board hits the water, he’s sure to keep most of his weight on his front foot. Otherwise, his tail would dig and he’d fall. Knees are always bent. Hint: Airs look the best when you land on top of the wave. They look ugly when you land in the flats. Aim for the lip on the landing.

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PUERTO RICAN SURFER Josie Graves is the top man of the day when he won the 2007 Reef classic. Greaves consistently got out to a good start in his heats, getting two good ride under his belt early to take and maintain an winning lead in his heat. ALL THE HOPES that rested on the shoulders of local surfer Mark Holder faded yesterday when he bowed out at the end of Day 2 of the Reef Classic at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba, St Joseph. Surfing in what was expected to be the toughest and most exciting heat of the day because it contained three former champions, all four surfers suffered when Mother Nature refused to cooperate and left them lying flat in the water for most of the 20-minute heat. With mere minutes left on the clock Holder, who won the event in 1991, caught his third wave needing at least six points to take second position. However, it wasn’t enough and he had to watch New Jersey surfer Dean Randazzo, who won the event in 1999, take that position and relegate him to fourth place. British surfer Sam Lamroy, who won the Reef Classic in 2004, and who fared better at the hands of Mother Nature, advanced to first place, while Josie Graves, from the Canary Islands, was second. International event Holder’s exit means that the Men’s Open Final will be an international event as the other local surfers Chris Clarke, Barry Banfield and Stefan Corbin who ended up surfing against each other in Heat I of Round III, as well as Lewis St John and Bruce Mackie all failed to advance. Corbin, the national open as well as junior champion, initially beat a strong field of two United States surfers and a Trinidadian surfer, to advance out of Round II. However, Barry Banfield ended up third and fourth, respectively, in a heat won by Chilean surfer Manuel Selman and United States surfer Ross Stephens. Shocking exits also came from the No. 1 seed Sebastian Alarco on the Latin American & amp; Caribbean (ALAS) tour, who bowed out in the first heat of the day, and top ranked Trinidadian surfer Alan Davis. by HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON Xtreme Degreez Sports Mag

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DOGS’ TACKLE TOYO TIRES SAFARI SATURDAY Big plans for growth as new season gets under way The Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Mud Dogs Safari Championship gets  under way on Saturday (March 8) with the Toyo Tires March Safari.  Nearly 30 crews have entered the opening round of the newly-titled  Championship, an encouraging start for the organisers, who have big plans to build on the recent growth in this section of the sport. The start is slated for 2.00pm from Collins Ltd, Warrens, following  scrutineering; the route, set by former June Rally winner Stewart  Gill, will concentrate on the island’s central and eastern parishes  and finish at around 10.30pm, after which there will be a ‘lime’ for  > competitors, marshals and spectators at the BCTSA Clubhouse at  Searles, Christ Church. A feature of all Safaris this season will be a Driver’s Challenge set  out at a venue where spectators can easily be accommodated; on  > Saturday, it will be at the Vaucluse Raceway in St Thomas and include  a stop-over between around 5.30 and 7.00pm. ‘Mud Dogs’ is a new identity created for the BRC’s 4x4 section,  which has been growing steadily in recent years, particularly since  the introduction in 2004 of what is now called the Safari  Championship. Former Champion Driver Leslie Alleyne, who was elected  Assistant Competition Secretary at the Club’s AGM last month, is  chairing a new subcommittee, whose goal is to grow this aspect of  the sport. Alleyne notes: “The name ‘Mud Dogs’

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was conceived to  create a fun and modern identity for our sport, and one which  embodies the spirit of our members . . . and the conditions in which  we compete. “We have come up with a plan to take the Safari Championship to a  higher level, and are actively seeking sponsorship to fund our plans;  we have already secured Toyo Tires and Shelbury Construction as title  sponsors of our first two events, and aim to secure four more. All  will get recognition at every event and on our promotional material  and clothing, although each will select a specific event of which to  be title sponsor.” The BRC Mud Dogs Safari Championship will comprise six events, four  off-road navigational rallies run under the Safari title and two  challenge events known as MudFests; trophies will be awarded at each  event. As before, the four Safaris will include separate  Championships for Navigator and Driver, with additional special  awards including highest-placed novice and female; for the MudFests,  there will be one championship rewarding the highest-placed competitors. The Prizegiving for the Toyo Tires March Safari will be held at the  BCTSA Clubhouse next Tuesday (March 11) at 7.00pm, once results have  been made official. BRC Mud Dogs Safari Championship, round 1 March 8 - Toyo Tires March Safari Pro Class 1 Paul Marshall/Ricky Holder (Mitsubishi L200)

2 Sean Dowding/Kirk Watkins (Axis Construction Toyota Hilux) 4 Leslie Alleyne/Anna-Lee Alleyne (Bridgestone Tires/AutoZone Inc  Mitsubishi Pajero iO) 6 Nicholas Lorde/Warrick Eastmond (Biddy’s Visitor Information/ Niccolls & Edghill Construction Ltd Suzuki Grand Vitara) 8 John Sealy/Lisa Roett (Land Rover Defender) 9 Gregory Dickenson/Tim Wells (Home & Lawn Maintenance Services Ltd  Toyota Hilux) 10 Colin Goodman/Chris O’Neal (Suzuki Samurai) 14 Dean Springer/Andrew Croney (Eastern Veterinary Clinic Suzuki Vitara) 16 Christopher Beckley/Warren Gollop (Essco Mitsubishi Pajero) 17 Barry Gale/Neil Barnard (Mitsubishi L200) 18 Chris Armstrong/Wayne Clarke (Shelbury Construction Suzuki Samurai) 19 Michael Ward/Willie Hinds (Niccolls & Edghill Construction Ltd  Jeep Wrangler) 21 Ryan Corbin/Dustin Edwards (Corbins Catering Services/Sweet  Temptations Toyota Hilux) 22 Audley Croney/Geoffrey Goddard (Suzuki Samurai) 24 Darrin White/Robert Warren (Flyin’ Fish Nissan Frontier) 25 Mark Western/Robin Hinds (Yardman/Kar Parts Store Land Rover  Defender) 28 Sean Mottley/Kreigg Yearwood (Suzuki Vitara) Novice Class Continued on page 38


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... Mud Dogs Continued

3 Dominic Brooker/Stephen Dear (SDRR Hydraulic & Industrial Spares  Inc/Next Generation Electrical Inc Toyota Hilux) 5 Feroze Rafikh/Farouk Smith (Phoenix Construction & Maintenance Jeep  CJ7) 7 Hadley Green/Justin Cuke (Hunt’s Auto/Stingray Car Rental Toyota  Hilux) 11 Edson Arthur/Renne Mings (Rezults Auto Shop Toyota Hilux) 12 Ryan Sisnett/Ryan Batson (Land Rover Defender) 13 Damian Brooker/Derek Edwards (Joe Brooker’s Building Ltd/SDRR  Hydraulic & Industrial Spares Inc Toyota Hilux) 15 Russell Williams/Geoffrey Pilgrim (Suzuki Samurai) 20 Anthony Seal-Mayers/Renatta Roett (Simpson Motors Suzuki Samurai) 23 Kirk King/Trisha King (K & N Equipment Suzuki Samurai) 26 Ian Worrell/Wayne Manning (Black Bess/Sunbeach Land Rover Series III) 27 Adrian Sinckler/Winston Drakes (Suzuki Samurai) 29 Rodney Mason/Wendell Skeete (Rodney’s Trucking/Gill’s Auto Body  Shop/Jan’s Mini Mart Mitsubishi Pajero) 2008 BRC Mud Dogs Safari Championship March 8 - Toyo Tires March Safari May 1 - May Day MudFest June 28/29 - Shelbury Construction June Safari July 20 - Summer MudFest September 21 - September Safari November 9 - November Safari For further information, robin@ bradfax.com

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Kendal Sporting

is proud to bring this new and exciting sport to Barbados. Paintball is an adrenaline pumping contact sport that combines strategy, exercise and loads of fun. In the game of paintball, players ‘mark’ their opponents to eliminate them from the game. Once all the players from one team have been marked/ eliminated, the game is over and the un-marked team prevails. In this sport, paint filled balls (similar to bath beads) are expelled from a special air gun called a marker. Although the paint is water soluble, it’s best to wear old clothes because of grass stains and

the like. Running shoes or football shoes are probably the best footwear to bring. Essential facemasks are provided and for added protection, optional chest/ back protectors and gloves are available. Groups are welcomed to play on a 120ft x 180ft competition speedball field and, scenario ball can be anything from S.W.A.T. vs. Terrorists to military attack on an enemy base to the aforementioned alien invasion. Generally speaking, a good rule of thumb would be to describe a scenario game as movie themes game with more elaborate or exotic objectives (such as rescuing ‘downed helicopter pilots’ or the like) and rules than traditional ones (capturing a flag, eliminating as

many players as possible, et cetera) i.e. Mongoose Island, Wild Tamarind, Pelican Island and coming soon Shack Attack. Obstacles and bunkers on these fields make things interesting offering sufficient cover for many strategic options during game play. Insurance statistics show that paintball is one of the safest sports, with fewer injuries per exposure than sports like tennis, golf and bowling.

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Nicholas Baily -

Photo by: Mindpro Studio

Nicky

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Nicky, only 16, is the best the island has to offer as far as BMX Street is concerned. Totally dedicated to making his sport recognized in Barbados, Nicky trains everyday and everywhere in hopes of someone realising his extreme talent....


ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

Boby

Jason Rampersad, 23, Skater, Musician and performer, longs to see a day where there would be facilities for extreme persons like him self and others from different disciplines. He has travelled and knows first hand that many of the guys here can make it big in the sport. Photo by: Mindpro Studio

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Photographer : Kenny Tuach

Chelsea Tuach

One of Barbados’ shining future female surf stars is 12 year old Chelsea Tuach, who ended 2007 ranked number 2 in the Ladies Division, No 3 in the Under-18 Girls Division and number 2 in the combined Boys/Girls Under 12 Division. Chelsea has been surfing since she was seven years old and at 10 she became the youngest surfer to ever represent Barbados at international level when she participated in the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Maresias, Brazil in May of 2006. Chelsea also surfed in the Open Ladies Division at the final event of the ALAS (Latin American and Caribbean ) tour which was held later that same year in Puerto Rico. She was once again the youngest surfer at the event and obtained a creditable 5th place and an ALAS ranking of 10th in the Open Ladies Division. Chelsea competed in the Caribbean Surf Network’s Branden’s Pro Contest in 2007 and 2008 and was once again the youngest female competitor, obtaining 3rd place in the Open Ladies Division in both events. She is the 2007 Under 12 Girls’ School Champion and in the 2007 Lazy Days National Surfing Championships, Chelsea became Barbados’ Under 12 National surf champion, amazing the audience with a strong and determined surf, carving smooth lines and earning herself a top finish against an all male

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onslaught. With this victory Chelsea became the first girl champion in a combined male/female Under 12 Division. In the Sprite Gromfest, Chelsea placed 2nd in the Under 16 Girls’ Division and won the Girls’ Under12 Division.

their academic ability. The scholarship recipients are considered inspirational human beings and worldwide ISA ambassadors of the sport of surfing. The money is intended to be used to finance overseas trips and equipment. What this petite surfer lacks in power, she makes up for with her big heart, courage and love of the sport.

Chelsea also competed in Iquique, Chile in early November 2007 in the Open Ladies Division of the VIII Panamerican Surfing Games, the youngest surfer ever selected to represent Barbados at this prestigious bi-annual regional event and the youngest competitor at this event. Chelsea and fellow surfer Ametza Nicholls, are the first surfers from Barbados to have the honour of being awarded International Surfing Association Scholarships. In February this year, these scholarships were awarded to 20 surfers from around the world based on both their surfing and

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