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Burkie Surf School  A surfer that's a husband/ father to three surfer kids. @Joshburke__, @jodieburkie, @jacobburke_ & a photographer by default.


I filmed this wave @ Soup Bowl with SUP charger Jason Cole of @paddle_barbados sending it !!

@sonz_burke & I truly had fun watching our boy @joshburke__ compete at the @wsl @volcom Pipe Pro.
He made it to RD 4 and ended 49th, the experience gained was invaluable!!
This photo is from his RD 3 heat winning wave. Josh is currently on his way to Australia for two @wsl.qs 6000 events. 📸 compliments: @wsl / @tony_heff

As we all prepare to celebrate our success & positives we gained through the year of 2017, I can't help but feel a sense of guilt for doing so as I think of the Venezia family, here shedding my third set of tears for the day looking at this photo I took of @zandervenezia & his Dad @louis_venezia perched on the brow at Uppers Trestles , California focused on the waves during the @ripcurl_usa National Finals last year Oct.
Tonight as the clock strikes midnight my toast will be for the life & memories my boy Zander gave us & wishing
Much love & strength going into 2018 to @lisa_venezia @louis_venezia & @bellaa_venezia from The Burkes.

Just another beautiful Sunday in #Barbados with this #honey @sonz_burke at this amazing spot @111eastbeach 📸: @lisa_venezia

It's was a fantastic feeling to raise a trophy again, surfing five rounds to take the Win at the Independence Soup Bowl Pro in the Legends Pro. The support towards my direction was amazing from everyone on the beach Thank You!! Almost two years since competing , this W is dedicated to Zander & Bill ,Look forward to seeing everyone down Bathsheba at the @wsl Live Like Zander Pro Jr in memory @zandervenezia & Thomo @wsl.qs 1000 in memory Bill Thomson this coming weekend Nov 9-12th #soupbowl.
#livelikezander #rideawaveforbill

@zandervenezia "Paddle Out" at the iconic Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz California will be in a few hours at 3pm PST.

An amazing outcome @zandervenezia 's honorable "Paddle Out" at "Brandends" one of his favorite waves.
Our hearts continue to ache for our best of friends @louis_venezia , @lisa_venezia & @bellaa_venezia
We thank you all for attending and in addition for the out pouring of Love & support has been overwhelming receiving loads of messages of which I plan to respond to every one personally. Also @sonz_burke & I wish to thank our California family @amy.renee.howes @kellyslater @stephenisbelly @lfioravanti & @cidoubleyou
for baby sitting the lill man @jacobburke_ in our absence , it was tremendous comfort during this time. Thank you!!

Our daughter @jodieburkie 's board artwork painted in memory of her pal & brother from another mother @zandervenezia

Dear God,
Please give me strength , I am on my way home to deliver this boys ( @zandervenezia ) eulogy.
@americanair & @iflymia please get me there safely & on time. Looking forward to seeing my family & friends.
@louis_venezia @lisa_venezia

I am Zander Venezia , "NO, I am @zandervenezia !!!!"
@louis_venezia & @lisa_venezia
You raised a world class surfer & an outstanding child that made the surfing world feel as though they too personally loss a son.
I Loved you very much buddy & will make sure your legacy lives on!!
#Z , #Zanny
📸: @tsherms

Had another great trip to Virginia beach & Outer Banks with this lill fella @jacobburke_
Making life time memories.
Thank you @kenhunt1 & @nancyehunt for the amazing hospitality.

@jacobburke_ feeling relaxed with @joshburke__ before his upcoming #Quarterfinals @wsl @vans Pro Jr heat in Virginia Beach.
@rvcasurf @brophybd

So happy for @jacobburke_ winning the @ripcurl_usa #Gromsearch @banzaibowls maneuver of the event plus placing 2nd in the 16-U to qualify for the National Finals to be held in Santa Cruz California in Oct.

How cool & thoughtful, thank you @bobpacker for the stickers.

Bill Thomson 's (1949-2017) Paddle out today directly in front his house at a surf spot that should be officially called "Thomo's".
Amazing turn out as expected. You cannot speak of Barbados & Caribbean Surfing history without this name.
#LegendsLiveForever #thomo
Thank you Linda Corbin for the photo❤️

A Barbadian Professional surfer , no such thing and was an improbable accomplishment (still is ) , however this changed significantly in the early 80's and became an option when Bill Thomson (1949-2017 ) one of the fathers of modern competitive surfing not only in Barbados but the region and of whom also shared the role of my personal "Surfing Dad" along with Peter "Corbs" Corbin and Michael " Spock" O'Dowd showed me the way in every sense , coach, physical trainer ,manager , sponsor ,motivator, body guard ( that's another story) , most importantly he/they made me "believe " so when I heard the news of Bill's passing earlier this week tears flowed freely. "Thomo" as I affectionally called him , made the Barbados National Surfing Champion a prestigious title , this modern era started in 1981 at our premier surf location Soup Bowl with Bathsheba local Joe Gamble taking the Open title with that iconic Lay back tube ride that commanded loud cheers from the beach and Paul Bourne winning the junior division , I was eleven years old and not even allow to surf anywhere except Burke's Beach.
The athleticism surfing interest and crowd participation was here to stay , therefore Thomo and a group of local surf guru's that included Corbs , Spock , Edmund "Rat Race " Oliver ,Andrew & Carl St. John got together in 1983 and re-formed the Barbados Surfing Association , the governing body for surfing on the island. Barbados was represented the following year at the 1984 World Surfing Championships in California, the first time since 1972 (previously 1968 & 1970 )
Thomo , with Corbs & Spock enrolled James Blades together they played an integral part in the next two very important decades of competitive Surfing's development ,placing the island on the international map while shaping the surf community to its very successful state of which it's in today. In 1985 They brought international surfing to Barbados , conceptualizing the Caribbean Cup with the successful 1985 Orchard International , 10 teams from around the region & world descended in the Bathsheba village bringing surf tourism to the island before we knew what sports tourism was, the event was held in maxing #soupbowl

I love when my boys are having a great time together, thank you @portferdinandbarbados for another amazing Sunday Wake Surfing!!

I love showing off our beautiful island , this past week I had the pleasure scouting locations for the upcoming @billabongwomens photo shoot with two very talented & creative directors.

Happy 77th Birthday to my Dad Johnny Burke who was honored by Carlton Cricket Club by having the southern bowling end named after him in recognition to his contribution to Cricket and in particular his fierce bowling. My brothers and I spent much of our first 10 yrs at this club playing basically every ball & club sport there is, tennis , football , hockey , darts,billiards,cork sticky,table tennis & of course Cricket. I was playing tennis the day Desmond Haynes came running and screaming in the club that he was selected to represent the West Indies. Happy Birthday Dad!!
Photo: @warrenpovey09

@jacobburke_ this morning after T.S Bret passed South, riding a self constructed plywood belly board A.K.A "Hulling"
#homemade #freightsbaymagic

Our daughter @jodieburkie celebrates her 18th Birthday today. Here we are at the 2009 Barbados Soup Bowl Pro right after I loss my heat (hair still wet), I think this is the last time she has been on my shoulders , this may change this evening @harbourlightsbarbados beach party , C U there Kiddies!!
#happybirthday baby girl , now get out of your bed and let's have an amazing day,Love Ya!!
Photo: @jennallen68

Hope everyone had a great #internationalsurfingday and at least caught a few waves. I did , but this shot was taken by @jacobburke_ from just over a year ago on a loaner Board from @kellyslater at #trestles .

One of the funnest days ever yesterday for @sonz_burke & #pt 's birthday celebration @nikkibeachworld #St.Barths .
Fantastic food , excellent entertainment & amazing company. #laughter was the order of the day!!

An amazing weekend in #stbarths with this #birthdaygirl @sonz_burke
📷: @robertpovey246

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