Surf Challenge spirit floats on

The East End Surf Challenge and Fish Tea Cook-Off is approaching, and despite a lower level of sponsorship, organizers remain optimistic.

It is scheduled for Heroes Day, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, and the kick-off party, Soca Road Block, is on the preceding Friday.

All events will be moved back to central East End at the Pirates Cove Bar from Collier’s Beach. There will be no entrance fee, but as usual there should be a great party atmosphere.

Organizer Shane “Nobi” Edwards said, “We are looking forward to our usual atmosphere of love and togetherness. Our theme this year is ‘The East End Surf Challenge, Always Bringing People Together.’”

The Fish Tea Cook-Off will be held on the day of the Jet Ski race – on Heroes Day – with a first-place cash prize of $500. Registration fee is $25. Fish tea will be free for everyone to taste.

The Jet Ski race will have two classes, Pro and Super Stock, with races over 10 laps in and out of the channels in central East End, with the start and finish at Pirates Cove Bar. Cash prizes will be $1,000 for the Pro Class and $500 for the Super Stock Class.

Main DJs for the event are Miami DJ Eternal Vibes, Atom Skillz and the Skillz family, DJ Mars, DJ Super Chris, DJ Super C and Sound Revolution.

Despite the great attractions, Edwards is disappointed that sponsorship is down from previous years.

“The event has not been sponsored this year by the usual supporters, and several of our previous years sponsors,” he said. “And we are still not sure as to whether our traditional Flowers Bottled Water Fish Tea Cook-Off will receive sponsorship.

“It’s a tough position, but as usual we are pushing on and ask that everyone comes out and supports the event. It has been a big mark on our calendar since 2000 and is an established event for the past 14 years.

“Everyone looks forward to attending, mainly because of its East End location and the great selection of DJs and entertainers, as well as the top-class Jet Ski racing with Cayman’s riders.”

Current sponsors include 2Frenzied, Pirates Cove Bar, ECO Rides, Imprint Graphics & Designs and Red Bull.