Thursday 13 August, 2020

Burke untouchable in WRV Outer Banks qualifier

Josh Burke on his way to scoring that perfect 10 (Photo compliments: WSL/John Fergusson.)

Josh Burke on his way to scoring that perfect 10 (Photo compliments: WSL/John Fergusson.)

Josh Burke has scored Barbados‘ first perfect 10 in the history of Barbados Professional Surfing.

It happened during the World Surf League WRV Qualifying Series 1000 event at Jennette's Pier OBX North Carolina. 

p>In Round two of heat # 1, Burke took off on a three to five-foot set wave, going straight into a massive high flying air reverse.  He landed perfectly in the steep section of the wave face and cleanly spun out with a 180, with no hesitation.  He then took two pumps for speed and hit a vertical off the top on the closeout to earn a perfect score from the panel of five judges.

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Burke continued his dominance to score 8.33 points from a right-hander, performing a flurry of snaps and hacks down the line, to drop a near-perfect heat score of 18.33 points from a possible 20.

This left the entire field in a combination situation.  

Burke, who is Barbados’ top-ranked surfer, now advances into round three with 32 surfers remaining from 80 entries. 

Speaking after the session the 22-year-old noted that he came into the event with a sharp focus and this showed right out of the gates as he gained lost ground from Virginia Beach.

"I was just trying to build through that heat and I got settled into it pretty early with a few scores which were nice but then I just held priority and got that bomb of a wave.  That was a great heat for me just getting an 8.33 right after so hopefully I can just keep doing that.

“I believe in myself and know I can do that every heat so I'll be happy with that win but every heat is different so I won't stay psyched on those scores and just hoping to get more sections like today,” Burke said."



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