Smacking the Lip (Sync)
Ever committed to the places where they travel, the Reef Ambassadors took time to give back to local surfers on a recent trip to the Caribbean. On the last weekend in March, the Barbados Surfing Association hosted a Lip Sync competition and beach party at Harbour Lights, the most popular and longest standing nightclub in Barbados.
The objective was to send the Barbados National Surfing team to the ISA Vissla World Surfing Games in Ecuador. The Reef Ambassadors, who happened to be on the island for the swell of the season, were invited to attend by local surf guide Alan Burke, a friend of most the riders. Taylor Knox donated one of his magic boards out fitted with the current ASP World Surfing Champion and Reef team rider Mick Fanning. This turned out to be the highlight of the Evening.
The auction plan, under the advise of 13-year-old local grom, Jacob Burke, was to have the board displayed on the stage and get the auctioneer to introduce the Reef team riders, and have them each autograph the board in front the buzzing crowd of 300 parents and kids of the local surf community.
The introductions and signings commenced with the global talents Taylor Knox, Rob Machado, Mikala Jones, Luke Davis, Adam Bennett, Nick Rozsa and Barbados Reef Ambassador Josh Burke.
Auctioneer Ted Blades’ plan was to start the bidding at $500 Barbados Dollars ($ 250US.) However, before he could make the offer, a bidder shouted $1000. Within seconds, the bidding went to $2000 before escalating to $3800. Taylor forgot to mention that the fins were custom made for Mick Fanning, which raised the stakes to $4000, $4200, and $4700. Finally, local hoteliers Linda and Mark Blades took the bid and the Taylor Knox surfboard signed by the seven Reef Ambassadors for $5000 BD. That’s going to go a long way for the future of surfing in this welcoming island nation.