The Makka Pro
Solid surf, good vibes and a mellow mood met the Makka Pro, held at St. Thomas, Jamaica, on July 20-21. The contest was a good demonstration of how deep the talent pool runs on the island, from the under 14s on up to the men.
Jammin' at Jamnesia
"Jamnesia," a surf camp run by ambassador of Jamaican aloha Billy Wilmot and his family, is the heart of surf culture on the island.
In one of those "lemme show you how it's done, grom" moments, Garren Pryce puts it on rail in the bowl, backpack and all.
On point with the long lens, Ini Wilmot documents the action.
The Peanut Gallery
The peanut gallery, every surf break's got one. Finding shade under the judges' tower, the boys entertain themselves with a little back-and-forth banter.
Easily one of the island's most talented and respected surfers, Icah Wilmot's a role model for the up-and-coming kids both in and out of the water.
Surfing just runs in the family ... and apparently so does being a goofy-footer. Ini Wilmot doing his thing.
No matter where you go in the world show a kid a surfboard and they're intrigued. It's an amazing phenomenon.
The John John of Jamaica, Pryce rips with style both in the water and on the concrete.
Ivah Wilmot lends a quote or two to the local Jamaican press.
Bob Marley would be proud of the footwork ... but could he grind the bowl in the backyard at Jamnesia?
St. Thomas, Jamaica
At home on the island, where time moves with the tides.
Billy's son Icah was in charge of the details surrounding the contest. Don't let his mellow mood fool you, Icah's as sharp as a tack and 100 percent tuned in to the pulse of the island's surf life.
Jamaican Board Rack
There's no such thing as a bad board in this neck of the woods. Every sled's appreciated and well used.
Every good surf contest needs its media circus, like everything there, it's just a little more low key Jamaican style. Men's runner-up Ackeam Phillips on the mic.
Faces in the Crowd
There aren't that many surf contests in Jamaica, so obviously a few people were going to come see what's up. But really any reason to get out in the sunshine is a good reason, surfing was just part of the good vibes.
Makka Pro Winners
In the end it was Icah Wilmot winning the men's division, Garren Pryce taking the juniors, and Elim Beckford winning the women. All told, it was a successful couple of days of surfing in Jamaica.