For the 9th year, the Foster’s Belmar Pro is looking forward to the kind of tropical swells that turn the East Coast into a surf haven each September, some new events, wholesome family fun, and truly legendary surfers.
As always, the crown jewel of the weekend is the Foster’s Belmar Pro, which will feature 60 of the best pro surfers from both coasts and international talent. And once again this year, Fins Tropicali Grill, of nearby Bradley Beach will present the Fins Junior Pro, an Association of Surfing Professionals–sanctioned event for the best under-21 surfers in North America. And as always, the best female surfers on the East Coast will surf the Hannah Womens Pro.
New for 2012, however are the Muscle Milk Masters Pro and the 8Eighty Longboard Pro. The Masters, boasting $2,000 for first place, will draw legendary Hawaiians in “Buttons” Kaluhiokalani, Mark Liddell, and Reno Abellira.
The 8Eighty Longboard Pro, with a $35,000 purse is also stepping up to be an ASP-rated event and the only stop on the World Longboard Tour in North America. This promises to bring out some of the very best cross-steppers in the world.
Eastern Lines Surf Shop and TheSurfersView are also excited to announce an updated live webcast for 2012. In addition to the experience for the thousands who will descend on Belmar’s Eighteenth Avenue Beach, September 15 to 18, fans around the world will be able to watch courtesy of TheSurfersview.com via http://livebelmarpro.com. In addition to the live bands, autograph signing, sponsor village, social networking, and Belmarpro.com, the webcast will bring a new dynamic to the Belmar Pro. It elevates the visibility of the athletes, the sponsors, the sport, and the town of Belmar with even more camera angles and interactivity than ever.
2011 saw some solid surf in nor’easter conditions and new champions emerge. In the dramatic final moments of the Pro final, Maryland’s Vince Boulanger dove headlong through a frothy barrel to collect his first professional win over Asher Nolan. The crowd also cheered on Jessica Kwicinski, of nearby Jackson, who won the Hannah Womens Pro. Californian Parker Coffin aced the Fins Pro Junior on the same day his brother Conner surfed his first ever ASP World Tour event at Trestles. North Carolina’s Tony Silvagni walked with another Longboard Pro win.
In order to get younger New Jersey surfers some experience, 2012 will again include an Amateur Weekend with cash prizes on September 8th-9th, including Men, Junior Men, Women, Masters and Longboard.
Past winners of the Belmar Pro include Shaun Cansdell, 2003, who went on to surf the World Tour, tour vet Bryan Hewitson, 2004, Florida airman Aaron Cormican, 2005, Puerto Rico heavy Brian Toth, 2007, perennial powerhouse Kyle Garson, 2008, former ASP World Tour surfer, Ben Borgeouis, of Wrightsville Beach, 2009, and Michael Dunphy, 2010. Other surfers have included Jeremy Johnson, Shea Lopez, the Guduaskas brothers, Timmy Reyes, and Lucas Rogers.
The Belmar Pro is an incredible opportunity for local surf stars to take on top talent in their own backyard. New Jersey surfers to watch will be Sam Hammer, Dean Randazzo, Andrew Gesler, Randy Townsend, Rob Kelly, PJ Raia, Zach Humprhreys, Pat Schmidt and Belmar local/Eastern Lines team rider, Brendan Buckley.
The town of Belmar: Belmar, in Monmouth County, is one of the most popular beach destinations in New Jersey. The borough enjoys a very unique heritage, in that Cecil Lear; a long-time Belmar resident, lobbied for the first ever sanctioned surfing beaches in New Jersey in the early 60's and founded the Eastern Surfing Association. Every year, the borough rolls out the red carpet for the legendary St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Belmar Seafood Festival, the NJ Sandcastle contest, and the Belmar Pro.
The SurfersView: TheSurfersView.com is a well-known and reputable New Jersey/New York surf report/forecast website dedicated to the surf lifestyle, specializing in providing Hi-res Surf Cams, as well as great local media and news. It will power the webcast for the Fosters Belmar Pro.
Eastern Lines: Eastern Lines is a classic New Jersey surf shop located across Ocean Avenue from Belmar’s surfing beach. Operating since 1981, it bases its business on soul, tradition, and experience with two stories of gear and apparel for surfers of all levels.