Oct 31, 2014
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From the Deep: Surfing with Jamaica’s Wilmot Clan

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Surfing and reggae have been bedfellows since the first Cali bro caught vibes from Bob Marley (actually it goes back even deeper), but in Jamaica that connection hasn’t always been so clear. One person, however, has been working for decades to establish the island as a serious outpost for the sport: musician and actor Billy “Mystic” Wilmot. With his sons Icah, Inilek, Ivah and Ishack and daughter Imani (the Caribbean’s first female pro surfer) by his side, Wilmot (who’s best known for his work with the band Mystic Revealers, and as “CC” from Jamaican TV show Royal Palm Estate) has established his Jamnesia compound in Bull Bay as one of the Caribbean’s top surf destinations, educating local youths in the sport and providing accommodations for visiting surfers looking to experience JA’s best swells. (It’s also been home to many a jam session, including some of the earliest gigs by reggae revival stars Chronixx and Protoje; and hosts a skate bowl that was the site of one of our first webisodes, featuring the Nurdz Republic skate crew).

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Ten Caribbean Footballers At This Year’s World Cup

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Weekend Watch: Jamaica Runs the Penn Relays

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Few days are capable of filling Jamaicans, and especially Jamaicans living in the U.S., with more pride than the Saturday of the Penn Relays. The annual track and field event, held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field in Philadelphia since 1895 (yes, it’s been happening at the same place since 1895; this year’s edition is the 120th) has been taken over by Team Jamaica in recent years, offering the U.S. its first glimpse of Jamaica’s top runners including Usain Bolt.

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Tuesday in Tobago: Goat and Crab Racing in Buccoo

Words by Tishanna Williams—

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Greetings from Tobago!

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Surf AXA: Anguilla is Caribbean Surfing’s Best Kept Secret


Words and Photos by Ravi Lloyd—

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Boys of Summer: Documentary Spotlights Youth Baseball in Cuaraçao

Words by Natalie Weiner—boys-of-summer-documentary

It’s no secret that the Caribbean is home to some of baseball’s best talent. Players from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico have long dominated in the major leagues, and more recently Curaçao and other Dutch Antilles islands like Aruba have started to gain international recognition for their outstanding players.

But, in such a small community (the population of Curaçao hovers around 150,000), how and where do players find the means to develop major-league skills? Well, just like in the U.S., Little League. The documentary Boys of Summer (2010) follows the Curaçao team as they prepare to attend the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Curaçao, at the time of filming, had won the Caribbean regional championship nine times in a row, cementing their status as the team to beat even within the intensely competitive division.

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