hashtag for makka pro this year must be #throughtheroof because that’s what the performance level was. The Jamnesia crew was very active behind the scenes making this event happen, and on the days of competition it was all worth it. Why? Because we were extremely pleased with the smooth running of the event and most of all the show put on by our Jamaican surfers.
Reflecting on the event, these are some of the standout performers that come to mind.
After a shaky start in the first round of the open Shama found his form in his first junior division heat and blazed a trail of spray all the way to the open final and junior semifinal. His surfing was all flair, flow and power. While he didn’t reclaim either of his 2014 titles, he surely reclaimed the hearts of the spectators
Icah surfed like a pro; measured, calculated, precise and powerful. He turned it on from his first heat and did not skip a beat until he raised the trophy as Makka Pro champion. This was his third time claiming the title.
Shane was the dark horse; everyone knew he hasn’t been surfing much over the past couple years. However, the last memory anyone has of Shane surfing is him being absolutely lethal. In his opening heat he sentenced 2014 champion Shama to the losers round. Shane was smooth as ever and radical as ever.
Ronald was the most improved surfer technically. His approach was more mature with flashes of brilliance alongside flashes of gromness. His rail game was noteworthy, and he’s deserving of a shout out here.
Ivah brought old school style to the table with all sorts of new school nuances. His effective style earned him a second place finish in the hotly contested junior division.
The women’s champion had the whole beach standing with one of the waves of finals day. Her was one of the most emotionally stirring.
The women’s division runner up was by no means walked over. She put on a solid performance and was less than a point behind when the final came to a close.
The junior division champion was pure aggression in every heat. While his constant state of attack meant that he lacked consistency, when the elements came together the result was Awe. Garren threw down some of the highest scores of the event and displaced a lot of the sea in the process.