about_07Alan Burke is a descendant of a watersports and sporting family, born and raised at Burke’s Beach, Barbados 1 mile south of Bridgetown, a beach named after his family for over 70 years. His family is made up of a variety of sport champions – yachting, fishing, water polo, swimming, cricket, football, tennis, horse racing and SURFING.

Alan started surfing in 1979 at the age of 9 at Burke’s Beach and competed for the 1st time in 1984 at Soup Bowl Bathsheba, placing 4th overall in the Junior division. March 1985 Caribbean Sun Country Cup Puerto Rico was the 1st event on the National Team representing Barbados, a position that has been held to present, qualifying for every National Team since March 1985 an accomplishment that no other Barbadian surfer has achieved. He won Junior Division and 3rd in open 1985 Orchard International at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba (10 Countries participated) in 8-10ft surf at 15 years old earning sports person of the week in Barbados. He represented Barbados at 8 World Surfing Games (Olympics of surfing), which is more than any other surfer in the World and the only surfer to place in the top ten in three different divisions – 7th Junior 1986 Newquay Cornwall England, 9th Open 1992 Lacanau France, Bronze Medal longboard 1998 Cascais Portugal. Competing professionally for 6 years full time and 3 years part time, on the Association of Surfing Professionals East Tour with great success, winning the prestigious East Coast Surfing Championships Virginia Beach and NKF/Ron Jon Cocoa Beach back to back in 1991 finishing 2nd overall on the ASP East Tour and taking part in a number of World Tour events between 1988-1990 with success. In 1994 won the Natural Art $10,000 US Top Dog at the Bowl Pro. National Junior Champion 1985-1987 and National Champion 7 times. Senior National Champion 8 times and Long Board National Champion 10 times. Surfer of the year in open, longboard, & Senior mens 1994, 1995, 1996, and open, long board in 2003. Won 3 Pro Long Board Events. In 1990 was voted most outstanding young person in Barbados, served as President of the Barbados Surfing Association from 1997-2002 the longest serving president to date. Surfed and competed in Australia, Brazil, California, England, France, Guadaloupe, Japan, Margarita, Niijima, Puerto Rico, Portugal, entire East Coast of Florida, North Carolina, Cape Hatteras, New Jersey, Hawaii, Trinidad, Tobago, South Africa (Durban) and Venezuela.

Alan Burke is one of the most successful surfers in the Caribbean and the most successful in Barbados. He is now fulfilling his dream and true love of teaching the sport that made his life.