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Seasoned surfer Sherrard Spiers recently pub-
lished A History of Surfing in Trinidad and Tobago
has archived if not the only, one of very few printed
collections of the foundation and rise of the sport
The 36-page document serves both as a go-to
guide for T&T s surfing enthusiasts, while presenting
an unambiguous chronicle beginning with the sport s
introduction in Trinidad during the 1950s to the
country s more recent branding of Tobago as a world-
wide destination of surfing.
At 46, Spiers is now in his tenth year as an inter-
national competitor at the senior level, and has used
his experiences to help promote the sport in T&T,
a country relatively new to the sport.
"This is the first of perhaps a series of publications.
I may have left some details out that will be used
in a subsequent copy," said Spiers on the item, which
he has opted to distribute free of charge.
Spiers has served as vice-president of the Surfing
Association of T&T for seven years until 2013. How-
ever, he explained that it was only three years ago,
during a visit to California that the idea of under-
standing T&T s history in the sport struck him.
"I went to California in 2011 and visited a surfing
museum and then thought to myself, I know the
history of surfing in the USA but I don t know it in
my own country, " said Spiers. He then decided to
compile information gathered from veteran surfers
with the intention of helping young people in par-
ticular understand the history of the sport in T&T.
Spiers said he makes the attempt to visit a new
country each year and on top of California, he has
visited Fiji, New Zealand, El Salvador along with
serveral other top surfing destinations. But, asked
for his favourite surf spot, he would opt for Mt Irvine,
"Mt Irvine to me is the best destination in T&T.
Tobago on its day is up with the best surfing des-
tinations in the world. It s now being recognized
among the best in the Caribbean. Matelot and Sans
Souci are among the best in Trinidad."
The book provides a timeline highlighting some
of the key players in the rise of the sport including
Spiers documents T&T's surf history
John Pollard and Randall Rostant in the
1940s; Joanna Luces, T&T s first known
female surfer s birth in 1950, along with
Howard Eckel, a well known pioneer of the
sport. Some names more recognizable due
to their exploits in the past couple decades
include national champions Che Lovelace
and Chris Dennis, both of whom are high-
lighted in the book.
Spiers wrote, "Many believed that modern
surfing on these shores began in the 1970s
with pioneers such as Richard Shim or Peter
Boland but we have recently discovered that
the opening chapter in the book of modern
surfing in T&T s surfing history may have
actually begun almost two decades earli-
er."He mentions the humble beginnings of
wood craft, with a photograph (circa 1950)
of members of the Eckel, Shaw and O Con-
nor families in Salibia, Toco. This, before
the introduction of the fiberglass boards
some two decades later.
Spiers said he enjoys working with chil-
dren and says he hopes the book can achieve
an increase of interest and understanding
of the sport in T&T.
As evidenced in his work, new feats are
continuously achieved in the sport locally,
and among the latest and greatest devel-
opments is the introduction of the Junior
Surf Series, in Las Cuevas beach for children
under 16 years, in 2013. According to Spiers,
it was the first all-junior event hosted in
T&T. It was sponsored by his company-
Beach Break Surf Shop, which is located in
The book is available at Break Break, West
Mall, a surf shop owned by Spiers.
Cover of 'A History of Surfing in Trinidad and
Tobago' written by seasoned surfer Sherrard Spiers.
Pictured is Tobagonian Adrian De Silva on a wave in
Mt Irvine, Tobago.
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