The Environmental Ministry, the Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF), the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD), the Ministry of Sports (MIDERIC) and the City of Santo Domingo join together for a series of events to celebrate “World Ocean Day” and “International Surfing Day” in June 2011 on the island of the Dominican Republic.
On June 7, 2011, the sun welcomed a daylong activity at Manresa Beach, Haina, near Santo Domingo. FEDOSURF athletes from different parts of the island gathered to perform an exhibition of the sport of surfing for all the guests. The event featured beach volleyball, award-winning sand castle sculptors, festive music and food, and was attended by local students, community residents and leaders.
In this celebration, the Ministery of Environment, led by Dr. Jaime David Fernandez Mirabal chaired the activity, urging attendees to observe their duty as Dominicans and citizens of the world to protect the vast wealth of oceans on our planet. Mrs. Ydalia Acevedo, Deputy Minister of Marine and Coastal Resources of the Ministry, addressed the large crowd about the great threat of discarded plastic products, which severely affect the health of the oceans. Also present at the activity was Mr. Nestor Puente, FEDOSURF president and member of the Committee on Sport and Environment of the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD) who helped organize the event.
“OCEAN GREEN CUP”, the iV National Surfing Championship, organized by FEDOSURF, with the collaboration and sponsorship of the Ministry of the Environment, the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD), the Ministry of Sports (MIDERIC), and the City of Santo Domingo, will be held on Sunday June 12 at Manresa Beach, El Chinchorro, in Haina. ‘International Surfing Day” will be further celebrated throughout the island with surfing warm-ups, beach clean-ups and other activities, more details will be announced. These events are part of an ongoing mission to promote environmental and sustainability awareness for greening our future and the oceans.