Tony’s Toys will meet any challenge

Cayman’s greatest jet ski event has
come around again and fittingly for its tenth anniversary it will be the
biggest ever.

There will be plenty of heroes at
the East End Surf Challenge on Monday, fittingly on National Heroes’ Day.

To mark the occasion there is no
gate entry and along with fabulous jet ski racing, there is the usual fashion
show and the ever popular Flowers Bottled Water Fish Tea competition.

Shane ‘Nobee’ Edwards is the chief
organiser and managing director of the 2Frenzied team. He is really excited that
this event promises to be the greatest attended and best supported by sponsors.

As well as Flowers Bottled Water,
sponsors include Red Bull, Caymanian Compass, What’s Hot, First Impression,
Maedac, Hot FM, Cayman Screen Print, Morritt’s, Massive and Naya Wear.

All the more exciting for Edwards
is that LIME has come in at the last minute.

“I’m pleased to announce that LIME
is now a sponsor of the event,” Edwards said. “They will be on site providing
top up all day long and they’ll be providing BlackBerry phones for the winner
of the Pro Class, Super Stock Class. The Nayaman and Rookie award will also be
provided with phones compliments of LIME.

“This is one big step forward for
the East End Surf Challenge. We have been negotiating with LIME for about four
years and finally there is a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m
looking forward to their support in the future.

“T-shirts will be available for purchase
at the LIME store in Savannah Countryside.”

Great music featuring Selecta
Renegade, Eternal Vibes and House Arrest will entertain the crowd that is
likely to top 3,000.

These sound systems kick off the
weekend tonight at the LI Nightclub. To give back to the event and considering
entry is free, Edwards wants everyone to buy a $10 t-shirt.

“This event is very special in that
it brings alive the tiny fishing village of East End,” added Edwards. “It also
seems to bring out girls in their bikinis looking good and ready to party and
we have no fights or arguments which is a plus.

“We need more events like the Surf
Challenge to bring unity and peace.

“I see this event being even bigger
in years to come. Most importantly I have been working on staging races in
Jamaica, Bahamas and Bermuda. We are well on the way for a huge race in
Bahamas.”

Darren Ebanks will be racing for
Tony’s Toys, the team that were overall winners last year.

“We always expect to finish on the
podium,” Ebanks said. “Nothing less than that will do. Last year I was injured
but we still were the best team.

“We have quite a few new riders
this year and a good feed of bikes and mechanics. We’re very confident.

“Of course, we can have problems
but from September our rides have not had any issues and we expect to be
victorious again.”

Just as keenly contested as the
races will be the fish tea challenge. Georganne Rankine is part of the George
Town based GG’s Kitchen team.

Last year GG’s came third and Rankine
strongly believes it is their turn to make rivals boil by sizzling to first
place.

“Last year my pot was too small and
I ran out of fish tea,” she said. “We’ll have a bigger pot this time and be
using grouper instead of mahi mahi. Grouper is the traditional East End fish
anyway.

“In the pot we’re going to have
lots of pumpkin, cassava, coconut milk, onions, green bananas and other
ingredients. It will be great.”

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Jeremy Thompson rode for Tony’s Toys last year.
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