Members of the Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF) recently completed a trip to Barohuco, in the south west of the island on a mission to increase environmental awareness, while advancing and supporting the sport of surfing. Delivering donated used surf boards, leashes and other equipment to the area, FEDOSURF and local leaders met with young people in the community about the importance of protecting their nations most prized natural resource.
The small rural town of Barohuco is located along the Caribbean Sea on the southwestern coast of the island, between the capital city of Santo Domingo and the Haitian border. This particular region is the one of the poorest and most remote in the country, and is lacking in facilities, resources and environmental consciousness. The coastline however features excellent surfing conditions, and abundant natural talent amongst the young local generation.
The Dominican Surfing Federation organizes the national circuit of surf contests around the island and brings a competition to Barohuco every summer. The majority of the surf culture is located along the North Coast and in Santo Domingo, and the level of participation from athletes in the Southwest is increasing every year.
Local delegates have been appointed to help develop and guide the community and to oversee the surf equipment and education. Surfing is a natural tool for helping to increase environmental awareness and is part of a FEDOSURF initiative for the area. The surfboards and equipment repairs were made possible by Gough Surfboards, Chino Surf School, MASH Surf School, and Eduardo Lara.