Hawaiian Legends Return to Belmar In A Big Way

For the past several years, the Belmar Pro has had a certain Hawaiian presence. This year, with the event being ASP sanctioned, contest directors are expecting even more Islanders to be out on the East Coast looking for qualification points.
But the presence we’re talking about is more of Hawaiian royalty, in the form of surfing’s legends.
As many of you know, Reno Abellira and Buttons Kaluhiokalani made the journey in 2012 and had everyone on the beach going crazy in perfect two-to-three-foot offshore peelers. But much to the dismay of the entire surfing world, last year Buttons lost a battle with cancer. Buttons had some close friends in Monmouth County. In addition to the many memorials around the world, New Jersey held its own paddle out for Buttons in Belmar last November.

Buttons by Danny Stockdale

Buttons by Danny Stockdale

In his honor, iconic Mark Liddell and the great Larry Bertlemann (yes, of the Bert slide) have already committed to coming to New Jersey in September. Lidell is surfing the Belmar Pro Legends division and we may even see Bertlemann out there. And word is that Reno and Dane Keoloaha (ranked No. 2 in the world in 1980) are considering competing as well.  It will not only be a chance to meet these amazing heroes of our sport, but to celebrate all the Hawaiian tradition and the life of Buttons.
Check out “Story 6,” by Doug Walker, with Liddell sharing his memories of Buttons.

MARK LIDDELL from Doug Walker on Vimeo.

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Updated Surfer Bios

randy Townsend

Randy Townsend by Trevor Murphy

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Jeremy Johnson by Patrick Ruddy

Check out some of our updated athlete bios on the SURFERS page. We’ve got some epic new photos and bios of past standouts like Randy Townsend, Jeremy Johnson, Cam Richards, and the rest of the boys. With Pacifico coming onboard this year and upgrading the Pro to an ASP World Qualifying Series event, we expect to see some big name surfers from around the world registering for the Belmar Pro to collect some qualifying points. The last time it was ASP sanctioned, Shaun Cansdell took the thing and wound up qualifying for the elite WCT a year later.

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2014 Amateur Event Is Official!

We are stoked to announce our Belmar Pro Amateur event is back on for Sept 6th & 7th! More details, registration links, etc coming soon! Stay tuned.

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Belmar Pro Welcomes Pacifico Clara!

All of us involved with the Belmar Pro wish to take a moment to officially welcome our new main event sponsor, Pacifico Clara Beer. We are looking forward to a new and exciting year for the Belmar Pro as we have passed a milestone in our event last year with our 10th Anniversary! Pacifico, is a perfect fit, having been the first “surfer’s beer”. From their website (http://www.discoverpacifico.com):

“In the early ’70s, surfers from Southern California traveled down the rugged Baja coast, exploring the breaks along the way. During these journeys, they often stopped by tiny cantinas where locals introduced them to Pacifico. Over time, the surfers began bringing cases of Pacifico back to the U.S., making them the beer’s first importers.”

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2014 Pacifico 1-Star Belmar Pro is on-deck!!

Just to give everyone a quick update:  After many great years as the Fosters Belmar Pro, we’d like to welcome our new main overall event sponsor Pacifico Clara Beer to the Belmar Pro family! In addition to new support, our main Mens event has been upgraded to 1-Star ASP rating.  That said, we are excited for this new change following last year’s 10th anniversary and anxiously looking forward to another year of great action!

Stay tuned to both our main website, and also follow our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds for updates, and other information and news that will become more frequent now that we are closing in this year’s event!

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