Soup Bowl Pro Junior

Soup Bowl Set For Return to Junior Tour Schedule

Andrew Nichols

A view of the beautiful coastline of Bathsheba, Barbados from the pristine reefbreak of Soup Bowl. The impeccable Bajan coastline will once again play host to the North America Junior Tour - WSL / NATHANIEL HARRINGTON

The Soup Bowl Pro Junior is returning to the beautiful shores of Bathsheba, Barbados November 10 - 13 to offer one last chance for North America Junior Tour competitors to qualify for the World Junior Championships. This marks the fourth consecutive year the Junior Tour has returned to the amazing reefbreak of Soup Bowl with Bajan coastline perfection as the backdrop to this event.

Holding a secure lead at the No. 1 spot on the North America Junior Tour rankings, Alyssa Spencer will head to Barbados for the first time to see all the island's splendor. Just her first year competing on the Junior Tour, Spencer is on good pace to qualify for the World Junior Championships but must finish off strong to secure her spot to New South Wales, Australia in January.

Finalist Maddie Peterson (USA) earned 3rd Place overall with powerful backhand attacks. Looking to earn a place into World Junior Championships alongside Spencer, Maddie Peterson's backhand attack will be a threat at the righthand reefbreak. - WSL / NATHANIEL HARRINGTON

"I am feeling really confident going into this event ranked number one in the ratings," Spencer said. "I know all of the other girls have been ripping so I am definitely going to have to be on top of my game to get another good finish in Barbados. I am super excited because the wave at Soupbowls looks so rippable and it'll be my first time there. I have just been surfing as much as possible and trying to improve on my surfing more and more each time I go out."

Bajan Junior Tour and Qualifying Series (QS) surfer Jacob Burke couldn't be happier with the event returning to the schedule once more. Still with plenty of experience to be had surfing through the Junior events, Burke has Soup Bowl as his training ground and will be gaining vital knowledge at a very unique wave.

"I really enjoy this event, it's not quite my homebreak being from Long Beach, but I surf it so much I consider it my homebreak," Burke said. "If it gets sizeable, around the six-foot range, it's really good for barrels but I prefer it when its head high and glassy and you can really open up on it. It's pretty important to have these events on the schedule for the Juniors to get experience. Going to places like Huntington and all the beachbreaks on our tour there's a bit of luck that plays in, just being in the right place at the right time. Whereas Soup Bowl is fairly consistent and it's usually the best surfer who wins the event."

Falling short in a stacked heat including No.3 ranked Parker Coffin (USA), Cam Richards (USA), and fellow Bajan Zander Venezia (BRB), Jacob Burke (BRB) showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in coming seasons. Burke's knowledge of Soup Bowl is vital to his success as his country hosts the region's best. - WSL / NATHANIEL HARRINGTON

Che Allan will be looking for a big result to close out the year currently sitting at No. 9 on the North America Junior Tour rankings heading into a wave he's all too familiar with. Only posting a Round 2 result last year, the Bajan heads into Soup Bowl with much bigger ambitions this time around.

"I pretty much surf it every day of the week being such a consistent wave and it's so exciting to know we'll have a contest there again," Allan said. "My backside is definitely one of my stronger suits so this will be a big event -- I've done well in the amateur stuff and other events but never in the Juniors with all the guys under 21 there. This year I think I have a better chance of winning with all those guys aged out of the Juniors and possibly even qualifying for Worlds. It's a great event to have as the last one of the year."

Jake Marshall at Soup Bowl, Barbados Vying for a spot just to World Junior Championships as current No. 3, Jake Marshall will be hoping for more of the 2013 conditions on offer. - WSL

Event organizers are elated with the opportunity to provide another event on the Junior Tour schedule and give these surfers more experience in a jersey on a quality wave. Christopher Clarke has been a part of the event since its inception as part of the WSL Junior Tour three years ago and would like to keep this event coming back for years to come at the beautiful venue Soup Bowl has to offer -- as well as the local Bajans looking to get experience in a WSL competition format.

"These events help the none travelling surfers see what level they have to obtain to compete with the rest of the world, and also shows some of them that they are already there," Clarke said. " We have history in the surf world and we support our kids 100 percent. We try to not make a big deal of contest but deep down inside we are all competitive, and need to know amongst our island that we are just as good at riding a wave as most. We just enjoy surfing not only for the competition but for the lifelong bonds and friendships it creates for our surfers."

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