The 2014 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Soup Bowl Pro Junior in Bathsheba, Barbados will run from November 14th â€“ 16th. This is the second year for this Junior Men's and Junior Women's event to take place on the beautiful Caribbean island, and will again serve as the first opportunity for Junior competitors to start building points towards qualifying for the 2015 World Junior Championships.
The Barbados Surfing Association, who will be hosting the event alongside the 32nd Annual Independence Pro, has made major strides in bringing Bajan surfing to the main stage and is looking forward to hosting this year's event.
â€œBarbados is stoked to be yet again holding the ASP Junior event,â€ said BSA President Christopher Clarke. â€œIt's not only great for our youngsters to compete against some of the world's best, but it also let's our new crop of kids see what level they can strive to achieve. Last year's event helped one of our two qualifiers get to this year's ASP World Junior Championships and also inspired others to train harder to achieve the same results; Not to mention the Bajan's love of sharing our world famous sea, sun and sand with the world!â€
Last year's event champion, and 2014 ASP North America Junior Series champion Parker Coffin (USA) will be looking to defend his title this year and can't wait for all that the Barbados event has to offer.
â€œI'm so stoked to see Barbados back on the schedule this year. Soup Bowl is such an amazing wave and it really showcases high performance surfing. Hopefully we score again just like last year! I can't wait to get there.â€
Barbados's own Chelsea Tuach (BRB) was last year's event champion, and carried that momentum through the season to eventually qualify for World Juniors in Portugal this year. There's no doubt that Tuach will again be a surfer to watch this year as she proved herself hard to beat at her home break in 2013.
â€œLast year's event was really special for me. It felt great to surf such a big event in front of my home crowd and show the world how great the waves are in Barbados. All the international surfers had only great things to say about the event. This year I'm expecting an even bigger turn out and praying that we get another good swell!â€
The Junior Men's event will host a 64-man field and a $10,000.00USD prize purse. The Junior Women's event will host a 24-woman field and a $2,000.00USD prize purse. Both events will offer up 1,000 points to the winner.
The LIVE webcast will be available at barbadossurfingassociation.org.