60 expected for 4th Josiah’s Bay Surf Classic set for Monday
By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Organizers are expecting at least 60 participants in the 4th Josiah’s Bay Surf Classic on Monday. Event organizer and BVI Surf School instructor Steven Howen, said that the event began in 2018 after Hurricane Irma and they missed a year because of Covid.
“We’re back up and running and we’re looking for a good day on the beach,” he told Island Sun Sports on Monday. “We’re trying to get people to come down at 9 a.m. for registration, some have pre registered already. We have seven categories in total. Super Groms for U11, Groms for 12-17, Groms, 17+, Women 18+, Men 18-39 and Legends, 40+ and Super Legends for 50+. We’ve had a few queries from St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix that have come over. There will be people on holiday, who come and join in, mostly from the States.”
The first heat is expected to start at 10 a.m., with an awards ceremony planned for 5 p.m.
Howen said the inaugural event in 2018 after Irma, attracted about 88 participants, as many people were looking for things to do. “We’ve had a really good run of waves the last couple of weeks, we had northerly winds two weeks ago which really turned the sea upside down. Just last week, there were some good ground swells coming through and a lot of kids have been practicing,” he noted. “Someone to look out for is TeShawn Jones. I think he won the last event and he’s someone to watch, but I think he’s going to have a lot of competition this year. Rush Broderick will be on his tail, Oli Henderson and a local kid from East End. I’m hoping Teondre Pitt comes down. That 12-17 Division will be a tightly contested division I’d say.”
He said he’s hoping a lot of the women come down including Tiara Jones from Josiah’s Bay, who was away last year and he’s expecting her return. “There are quite a number of U11s including Bodi Hodges, I think he’ll be one to watch as he won it last year,” Howen said. “I’ve just added a new division which is the 55+ and Tom Merrigan from Apple Bay, he’s signed up for the event and looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to the older guys coming down and showing what they’ve got and to inspire the younger fellas, the younger girls.”
While he doesn’t like to discuss the weather and just let it be, Howen said Josiah’s Bay has provided “good vibes” for the surf cup. “I’m trying not to look properly at the forecast because I’m confident it’s going to be a great day and I think Josiah’s Bay will always provide as it has for us down there,” he said. “So I’m very confident that we’re going to have a good day on the beach. It’s going to be a lot of good fun. We’re gonna have people surfing. We’re gonna have some great waves, the sun is going to be out. We’re gonna have some local vendors down there. We’re gonna have Buster from East End coming down to put out some food. We’ll have other vendors cooking up a storm with lots of beverages and snacks and it will be fun. I think it’s going to be a nice day on the beach as it always does.”