Oh gosh, it’s Josh

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EMPLOYING a delightful aerial rotation and some silky smooth manoeuvres, Josh Burke brought surfing glory to host country Barbados with an impressive capture of the Thomo 1 000 QS at Bathshbea, St Joseph, yesterday.

To the delight of a partisan home crowd on the windy East Coast, Burke – watched by his dad, Alan, the 1994 winner – pulled out all the stops to beat the dazzling 21-year-old American defending champion Chauncey Robinson in a riveting final at the Soup Bowl.

Burke announced himself in the final with a big carve – a carve is a full rail move that is done on the open face of a wave, it is all about smooth lines, speed and power – waited for the close-out, hit it hard and then rolled it to the inside.

It provided him with a wave score of 8.10 and put the pressure on Robinson, who responded with a wave score of 8.00. (MK) 

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