Published on January 31st, 2012 | by dominicanrepublicsurf0
Dominican Surfing Federation Hosts Event at Patos Beach with International Youth Initiative, January 7, 2012
Dominican Surfing Event at Patos Beach, near Santo Domingo with FEDOSURF and International Youth Initiative. With good waves, bright sunshine and the enthusiastic participation of local surfers, the Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF), along with leaders and volunteers of the International Youth Initiative (IYI) held an event on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Patos Beach, located near Nizao on the Southern coast of the Dominican Republic.
The surfing event marked the start of a development program for the community of Patos beach, Nizao (San Cristobal), by the Dominican Surfing Federation to organize and strengthen the local surfers as athletes, supporting and creating environmental and holistic health, and organizing beach clean-ups in partnership with local, state and private ventures.
The surfers competing in the training event were awarded for first through fourth place in the divisions of Surfing and Bodyboarding. The first-place winning athletes were Luis Alfredo Feliz (Popón), in Surfing and Amaury Lebron (Bombillo), in the discipline of Bodyboard. All winners were awarded with surf accessories and other gifts, and all participants enjoyed snacks and prizes courtesy of the International Youth Initiative.
International Youth Initiative is a Southern California based non-profit organization working with youth and their families in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. While focusing on the unique challenges and opportunities that youth possess, the Dominican Surfing Federation and International Youth Initiative are working together to empower younger generations and leading community change.
Mr. Nestor Puente, President of FEDOSURF, expressed his gratitude to Mr. Keith King, CEO of IYI and his group of volunteers, who made possible the realization of this event. In addition, the work of Mr. Yorger Ferreiras, member of the Surfing Association of Santo Domingo (ASSD) and FEDOSURF Board of Directors, and Nestor Mateo, volunteer member of the Federation, were both recognized for their support for the logistics and planning of this event.