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Published on September 13th, 2012 | by dominicanrepublicsurf


Dominican Surfers Represent at Belmar Pro, New Jersey, Sept. 13-16, 2012

Five top-ranked surfers from the Dominican Republic will compete in the Belmar Pro, in Belmar New Jersey, September 13-16, 2012. The surfers include Rene Gough, Leon Gough, Zion Balbuena, Papito Santana and Brian Coutu.

The Belmar Pro is an annual event that is well recognized, with a great history of waves and high level of performance. Competitors this year hail from California, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Virginia, New York, Peru, Australia, Hawaii, Florida, and of course the Dominican Republic. Along with many well-known progressive surfers from the USA and beyond, the legendary Buttons Kaluhiokalani will be at the Foster’s Belmar Pro this year, competing at the Muscle Milk Masters. Embracing the shortboard revolution, Buttons became known in the early 1970’s as one of the most progressive surfers in the world.

The Belmar Pro draws professional surfers, veteran competitors and motivated amateurs alike. Representing the Dominican Republic will be Rene Gough who will compete in the ASP Longboard Pro, an event he took fourth place in the finals in 2011 amidst difficult surf conditions and fierce competition. Zion Balbuena also returns for his second year, competing in the Fosters Belmar Pro, where he took one on the highest wave counts for the event in 2011. Leon Gough (shaper, Gough Surfboards) will compete for the first time in the Fosters Belmar Pro.  Eduar “Papito” Santana, and Brian Coutu will both be making their debut in Belmar at the ASP Fins Jr Pro. Dedicated surfers who are well established in the sport, these athletes have all competed and traveled internationally and are top ranked in the national surf circuit in the Dominican Republic.

Surfing in the Dominican Republic is growing every year. Currently there are over one hundred and fifty athletes competing in the national circuit of surf competitions and local community warm-ups. Nestor Puente, President of the Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF) remarked, “We are proud that these talented surfers will be representing our country. Congratulations to them and best wishes for the event. May they return with continued enthusiasm and discipline for their training and development.”

Daniel and Wendy Stockdale are generously hosting the surfers during their stay in New Jersey. Daniel Stockdale is a frequent visitor to Cabarete in the Dominican Republic. A professional photographer and Long Board rider, he is the official event photographer for the Belmar Pro. This trip would not have been possible without the support of Millennium Resort Cabarete, Pauhana Surf School, Gough y Hijos S.A., The Boat House Boca Chica, Duharte Surfboards, Gough Surfboards, Chino Surf School, Cabarete Medical Center, Vela, Lupa, Encargo Group, 8Eighty, Gorditos Fresh Mex, Super Super Surf Liquor, Igunana Mama, Club Nathalie Simon, Hispaniola Maritime Repair Service, Mike Barber, Association Surfing Puerto Plata.

photo credit: D R Stockdale

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