Riders from WesTec dominated the tenth
anniversary running of the East End Surf Challenge even though a battle-tested
veteran and a rookie enjoyed their moments in the sun.
Teammates Nicholas Hydes and Seth
Watler romped home winners in the Super Stock and Pro Class respectively. Billy
‘The Kid’ Ebanks captured the Nayaman Award and Will Fenton was named top Rookie
in the Heroes Day (25 January) jet ski extravaganza.
Nicolas Hydes pocketed $900 and was
presented with a Blackberry phone from LIME for his efforts.
Will Fenton, of Naut Wukin’, took
the runner-up prize of $450. Another WesTec rider, Christopher Bodden, claimed
In the Pro class, which featured
the leading riders based on past finishes and experience, Seth Watler was
rewarded to the tune of $1,400 and also won a Blackberry phone from LIME.
Billy Ebanks was next, taking home $700,
while the team of cousins Darron and Nathan McLean were in third.
The Nayaman Award dedicated in honour
of Shane Edwards’ grandfather, the late Lester McLean. The award represents the
rider who has the best sportsmanship conduct, consistency and spirit in racing.
This was awarded to Billy Ebanks
for his outstanding performance in the race. His prizes included $250, a phone
from LIME and a life vest compliments of Kawasaki.
Will Fenton rounded off a fine day
when he was named the leading rookie rider, and also won $250 and a LIME phone.
Twenty riders met the starter, representing the largest field in the last five
Each rider was presented with a
race packet which included Cadbury chocolate and Bigga drinks from Maedac
Supply, energy drinks from Red Bull and a tenth anniversary t-shirt.
Organizer Shane Nobee Edwards said
that overall he was pleased with the event, citing the number of spectators and
riders as highlights.
He admitted the inclement weather
made the tenth anniversary extremely daunting.
Edwards said: “However, after
consulting with the marine police, there was unanimous agreement between officials
and riders that racing should be both offshore and inshore (outside and inside the
“Later that had to be amended to
inshore racing. Thanks to all those who assisted with the excellent marshalling
and safety of the event with assistance ranging from the EMT Unit, local
fishermen and firemen trained in rescue and recovery.
“As for the future, the public can
rest assured that we are looking to alternate routes and making the necessary
changes that will enable the 2011 running to be even better.”
Edwards expressed special thanks to
all the 2frenzied members and race marshal Tony Coe for their hard work and dedication
to making th event a success.
“The East End Surf Challenge is a
great event and I’m hoping the kids from the district that assist us every year
will continue to grow with the event and make it a success year after year.
“The goal is to keep the event
alive and strong in the district of East End.”
He also voiced his appreciation to the
sponsors: Red Bull, Hot 104.1 FM, Flower’s Bottled Water, Massive Equipment Rentals,
Tropical Breeze, Cico Avis, First Impression, Winner Circle Sports, Naya Wear,
Caymanian Compass, Cico/Avis Car Rentals, What’s Hot, Maedac Supply and LIME.
BlackBerry phones were provided by
LIME for the first place winners in the Pro and Supper Stock Class.
In addition, LIME provided phones
to the Nayaman Award winner and the Rookie Award winner. Kawasaki provided a life
vest that was also provided to the Nayaman award winner.