The organizer of East End’s biggest watercraft race intends to keep the event going.
Promoter Shane Edwards says he will focus on international competitors for next year’s East End Surf Challenge. The 2014 edition of the event was canceled due to a lack of rider turnout. However, other events, including the Flowers Bottled Water Fish Tea Cook-Off, went off as planned.
“Contrary to what you have read on some social media, please be advised that we intend to continue the surf challenge and cook-off next year with a renewed focus on international riders,” Edwards said. “In spite of the fact that we did not have the Jet Ski race, we would like to thank Don Patrick and Bobby Joe, the technical race marshals, for setting up the course and getting the race course organized and ready. Also, we would like to thank team Nuttin 2 Lose for doing a short race display for people to enjoy.
“Most importantly, we would like to thank all those who came out to support the event and enjoy the music and local food. We believe this to be an important cultural and sporting event for the enjoyment of both locals and visitors. Despite the setbacks, please be assured that we intend – with greater community support – to keep this exciting and enjoyable event going. Thanks to all those who have given us support over the years.”
The cook-off winners were: first place – Hillside Crew (Huskwell Rankine and Alfonso Rankine), second – Millers Caboose (John Miller), and third – Cayman Cabana (Edsell Haylock). Haylock won the people’s choice award. The judging was done by three tasters who did a blind taste test and did their rating on 1 to 10 points. The team with the most points won. The people’s choice was selected based on the number of tickets placed in each contestant’s box. With the purchase of armbands for the cook-off, each person was allowed to cast their vote.
Edwards said the cook-off is an enduring aspect of the event. “This year we had a large number of visitors come out to taste the fish tea and be a part of the festivities on the day. We were pleased to see the increased interest among visitors and locals toward the event.
“The main reason I do this event is to contribute back to the community of East End, and every year that contribution increases. Let’s keep the surf challenge going. Thanks again to all our sponsors: Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Tourism, Flowers Bottled Water, Cayman Power Sports and Marine, authorized dealers of Suzuki Marine, Tribe Tattoo Salon, ECO Rides, Red Bull, 2Frenzied and Pirates Cove Bar.”