Chelsea Tuach


Chelsea Tuach

1995 Dec 2

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Chelsea started surfing at the age of 8, following in the footsteps of her older siblings. She started to compete on the local surf tour in 2004 and by age 10 she became the youngest surfer to ever represent Barbados on the World tour - competing at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships held in Brazil in 2006.

In 2008, at the age of 12, she was referred to in the International Surfing Association's (ISA) World Surfing News Magazine Issue #14 as "The little 'big' surfer from Barbados" after having been only one of twenty surfers world-wide to be awarded the prestigious ISA Surfing scholarship. Since then, this young, talented surfer has continued to impress both locally and internationally.

In January 2009, Chelsea became the first surfer in Barbados to win a National Sports Council Youth Award for her achievements in sport in 2008 at such a young age and an Appreciation Award as one of the three athletes nominated as Junior Female Outstanding Sportsperson for Barbados in 2008.

Chelsea went on to dominate the local surf scene in 2009, winning the overall Championship of both the Ladies' Open and the Under 18 Girls' Divisions. She was also Barbados' Under 18 Girls' National Champion that year.

Regionally, Chelsea has also been a dominant force to be reckoned with winning Pro events in Jamaica (Makka Pro in 2008, 2009 and 2010), Trinidad (Sans Souci Pro in 2009 and 2010) and Barbados (November Pro in 2009 and 2010), becoming the youngest surfer at age 13 to be crowned the Caribbean Ladies' Champion in 2009.

Internationally, Chelsea has been competing in the Ripcurl Gromsearch series in the USA since 2009, placing second at the New Smyrna event in 2009, winning the Kitty Hawk in 2010 and the New Smyrna in 2011. With these results she is the only Barbadian to have qualified for the National Final three (3) years in a row.

In 2010, she became the first Barbadian surfer to win a Women's Pro event outside of the Caribbean when she won the National Kidney Foundation Women's Pro, a feat which she again achieved in 2011.

In 2010, Chelsea once again created history by becoming the first surfer to win the prestigious National Sports Award as Junior Female Outstanding Sportsperson for 2009. She competed for this award against athletes from all the sports' disciplines. She was again nominated for this award in 2011 for her outstanding achievements in the sport of surfing in 2010.

2011 has been another good year for Chelsea. She has won overall championships in both Open Women and Under 18 Divisions. She also competed against the boys this year in an Open Under 21 Division and ended an outstanding second overall. She has also obtained the title of National Champion 2011 in the Open Ladies and Under 18 Divisions.

Chelsea has a deep faith in God and credits Him mostly for her success. But she is also grateful to all those who played a part in her development, especially her family and her sponsors ROXY, Red Bull, Dragon Opticals and Dakine.