“International Surfing Day”, created by Surfrider Foundation, was observed globally on Wednesday, June 20 and celebrated with great enthusiasm and success in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF) organized activities on the North and South Coast of the island, with a beach clean-up and surf training competition in Playa Bahoruco, Barahona, and a beach clean-up and surfing at Playa Mañanero in Cabarete.
In Bahoruco, local surfers, together with community members, gathered in the early morning for a beach cleanup, followed by a surfing warm-up competition and technical training. The participation of athletes in the Junior Surf category (under 18) of Bahoruco delighted the audience with their progressive maneuvers, leaving as undisputed champion Javier Felix, followed by the sub champions: Edwin Felix, Gabriel Pena and Michael Betances, who received awards in surf equipment and accessories.
This event was made possible thanks to the efforts of the Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF), the Association of Surfing South (ASDS) and the Surfrider Foundation. The technical event team consisted of Jesmarín Puente, Julio Betances, Saul Medina, Wimelson Mendez Bello, Nestor Puente, Melina Betances along with additional community members.
The north coast beach cleanup event was held at Playa Mañanero in Cabarete, in the province of Puerto Plata, coordinated by Juan Carlos Torres (Aloha Surf Café), together with surfers from that community. It is important to note that June is very significant for surfing in the Dominican Republic, with several important dates celebrated such as:
“World Environment Day,” which is celebrated on June 5, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1972.
“World Oceans Day” held on June 8 since 2009, by resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
“International Surfing Day” held on June 20, this date celebrates the sport of surfing related to the protection of the environment and ocean resources.
“International Olympics Day” celebrated on June 23, celebrating the Olympic movement since 1894.