Sunday 9 August, 2020

Josh Burke advances to Round Three at the US Open of Surfing

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Barbadian Josh Burke continues to make waves in the world of surfing, this time at the largest action sports event in the United States - The VANS US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California. 
Only 112 of the worlds best surfers have qualified for this event, and this morning, in the first round, Burke, opened up with a left-hander, connecting three turns ending on the sand in front thousands of spectators.
The 22-year-old, in 2018 was in third place on the World Surfing League's [the governing body for surfing] North American Rankings - which includes Mexico, Costa Rica and the entire Caribbean, and in Barbados, he is currently the island's top-ranked surfing pro.
His performance this morning allowed him to drop a 6.67 point ride.  He then backed it up with a powerful tail slide slash on an in-coming closeout section, receiving loud cheers from the crowd and, a 7.17 point ride from the Judges to take his first heat win in his first heat at his first US Open.
In round two, heat 10, the 22-year-old came up against World Championship Tour surfers, Californian Pat Guduaskas and Brazilian Jesse Mendes, the Triple Crown of Surfing Champion and Tahitian powerhouse, Mihimama Braye. 
Burke took the first wave of the heat, scoring 5.17 points.  
There was a 10 min lull before the next wave in the 30 min heat and it saw Pat Guduaskas win with 6.33 points and 6.90 points.  Burke backed up his score with a 5.27 point run which was enough to eliminate Mendes and Braye advancing to the third round.

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