The ‘Cabarete Surfing Warm Up 2012’ was held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Playa Encuentro, in the town of Cabarete, Puerto Plata Province, Dominican Republic. The Surfing tournament was a competitive training event, coordinated by Chino Surf School Kengei Fung and Ronald Quevedo, with technical support and judging by Eduar ‘Papito’ Santana, Jesmarin Puente, Director of the Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF), Leon Gough, York Araya and Julio Matias.
The participation of fifty athlete surfers from different regions of the country competed for victory in the day-long event. The Surfing Warm-Up began with clean waves of 5 feet and sunshine, followed by passing tropical rain showers and wind, making for challenging surfing conditions in the final heats for the competitors. Special thanks to event supporters Aloha Surf Café, Gorditos Fresh Mex and Club Mendy. Following are the results from the event:
Mini Junior: First Place Joe Maurice, Second Place Tess Maurice, Third Place Laura Ponti.
Junior: First Place Nicolas de la Cruz, Second Place Cristian Padilla, Third Place Kai Roberts.
Female Surf: First Place Natalia Olmedo, Second Place Helena Sousch, Third Place Katie Bowcutt.
Bodyboard: First Place Jose Manuel Henriquez, Second Place Martin Perez, Third Place Neo Martinez, Fourth Place Pascual Silverio.
Masters: First Place Víctor Peralta, Second Place Orlando Bonilla, Third Place Mitch Gravy, Fourth Place Eric Franco.
Open Surf: First Place Zion Balbuena, Second Place Pedro Fernandez, Third Place Victor Peralta, Angel Compres.