Source: Caribseek News
BRIDGETOWN — To say that Chelsea Tuach had an incredible year in 2013 might be a bit of an understatement.
Barbados’ teenaged surfing phenomenon ended an outstanding year in which she captured numerous titles by being named Eastern Surf Magazine’s (ESM) Female Surfer of the Year at its 12th Annual ESeMMY awards in Florida.
“This has been an amazing year for me and I want to thank everyone for their support, especially my family and friends, my sponsors Roxy, Red Bull, Dragon and Dakine; the Barbados Surfing Association; my coaches Mike Lamm and Jim Hogan and Barbados for continuing to pray for me,” the 18-year-old Tuach said about her record-breaking year.
The island’s top surfer has her sights set on building on her recent success.
“I will be focusing on the ASP 6 Star Women’s Pro contests which start in Australia in early February. I will also be competing in the North American Junior Pro events in hopes of re-qualifying for the ASP World Junior Surfing Championships at the end of the year.
“Right now I am training hard and getting my equipment ready in preparation for next year. I’m really excited to see how I match up against the world’s best,” Tuach added.
It was in March 2013 that her meteoric rise began, when she became the first Barbadian surfer to win an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Three Star Junior Pro event, by winning the ROXY Pro in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Then in April, Tuach was crowned the women’s champion of the first of three events for 2013 of the prestigious American Pro Surf Series (APSS) held at Huntington Beach, California.
One month later, she captured Barbados’ first medal at the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championships, the “Olympics” of junior surfing.
In September, she was named the Junior Women’s champion for the ASP North American Pro Junior Surf series, gaining a spot in the most important junior event of the annual surf calendar, the ASP Junior World Surfing Championships.
She also became the first Barbadian to qualify for the event.
She placed third overall – the best result of any Caribbean junior surfer until then.