Joshua Burke in Martinique. (PHOTO: Damien Poullenot)
Joshua 'Josh' Burke is currently ranked #1 World Surf League North American Region with 2160 points and 24th on the World Surf League International Rankings with 4010 points. The Top 10 on the International rankings qualify for the 2019 World Championship Tour.
The 21-year-old Barbadian is climbing the International and Regional rankings of the elite World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) Tour with every event.
After an outstanding Junior Pro Career, Burke is presently in the first quarter of his third full year on the 2018 Mens QS tour and his statistics are impressive.
The WSL has completed 25 events since the 2018 season started at the SEAT PRO NETANYA in Israel on January 11, however, due to financial constraints, Burke has competed in only seven of those 25 events with the first one being the Florida Pro 1500 where he placed third.
The WSL rankings are based on the surfers' Top 5 results with Burke sitting on a 1st (Ron Jon/ Quiksilver Pro 1000), a third (Florida Pro 1500), two 9th-finishes (Martinique 3000 & Barbados Surf Pro 3000) and a 49th at the Volcom Pipe Pro 3000 in Hawaii.
Burke who is supported by REEF Footwear, BILLABONG, RICH PRICE Surfboards, DAKINE, NIXON , VONZIPPER & FUTURES Fins says:
"Although I am very pleased with the year so far, as an athlete you can never be content with your performance; I need better results".
With a superb average heat score of 12.74 points from seven events and 23 heats that consist of 14 heat wins, three second places and six losses (3rd or 4th in heat).
Burke commanded a Top wave score of 8.87 points from max 10 and top Heat score of 15.50 points (Max 20pts), in addition, Burke rode 11 excellent scoring rides (Waves over eight Points)
"It felt amazing to take my first QS win few weeks ago. That's the feeling I wish to repeat. I now want to win everything," Burke stated.
The next event is the Ichinomiya Chiba Open 6000 May 21-27 in Japan,the location for surfing's 2020 Olympics.
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