Burke finishes 9th at 1500 Florida Pro, looks to Hawaii
Created : 22 January 2019
Josh Burke during his Round 1 heat Florida Pro. PHOTO: WSL
Barbados' 21-year-old Josh Burke has started his 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) off with a ninth at the 1500 Florida Pro over this past week held at Sebastian Inlet in two to four-foot waves.
The number two seed for the event Burke came out strong posting the highest heat total in Round one with a 7.77 points and 6.70 points for a total of 14.47 points.
He went on to back it up with another good performance to take another heat win in Round two. Then in Round three he was starved of waves after sitting with priority for over eight minutes, within the last remaining four minutes Burke required a 5.57 points to advance catching a peak getting the only barrel of the event with an air combo that lit the commentators up, however the judges deemed it a 4.63 point-ride for a third place elimination to place 9th overall.
“A ninth place is a very good result at these events,” Burke said. “But this was not the result I was looking for in beach break conditions. It’s a tough decision when you have priority whether to wait for the right one or to stay busy, I guess sitting didn’t work this time. I did feel really good and my boards are working fantastic. My focus is now on Hawaii for the Pipe Pro starting January 29,” Burke added.
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