This is a great family! The Wilmots are the heart of the Jamaican surfing scene. Father Billy Wilmot (sen in the middle) has really opened up a lot kids to the joys of surfing, giving them a place to hang out, talk, play music, sleep, and learn about surfing.
e Jamaica Surfing Association
was founded in the 90's, which since it's formation in 1999, has brought the sport to the attention of the general public, winning fans and encouraging participants through it's publicity drive and national contests. Sponsors such as Insight, Quashi, Ipath, Xtrak, Magma, Body Glove, Reef, OAM, Mailpak as well as Jamaica's Sports Development Foundation, have all come on board with the "Surf Lions" to promote the immage and vibe of Jamaica's authentic and unique surf culture.
Jamaica has been represented at every World Surfing Games and World Junior Surfing Championships since 2002 as well as a number of Pan American Surfing Games. The JSA runs 2 local competition series, the three event National Junior Championships and the five event National Open Series.
Jamaica has its lady surfers too. Imani Wilmot, Jacquiann Lawton-Yearwood, Natalie Zenny, Elim and Esther Beckford are all regular fixtures at local contests as well as at free-surf sessions. Now a sport that was not even thought to exist in Jamaica has clawed it's way to the surface and every day new and exciting developments unfold.
The JSA has even begun efforts to introduce surfing to Jamaica's schools with Yallahs High in Saint Thomas, which began by acquireing three surfboards in 2008, became the first school on the island to take on offering surfing as an extra curricular activity.
The full potential of Jamaica's surf is still to be realized. Jamaica has had a long and rich surfing history which is still being drafted today by the young bloods of the Jamaican surfing fraternity who will lead the charge into the next era of Jamaican wave riding!