Larry Bertleman and Legendary Hawaiian Friends to Surf Belmar Legends

If there’s one thing that sets the Pacifico Belmar Pro apart from the other East Coast events, it’s the presence of greatness. For the past two years, the Legends Division has attracted not only East Coast and California icons, but Hawaiian royalty. This year, Mark Lidell, Reno Abellira and the influential Larry Bertleman are all committed to surfing in Belmar, thanks to our good friend and competitor, Jerry Mathews.

Bertleman is credited as being the surfer that the Southern California “Dogtown” skaters looked to for style, translating his low, aggressive technique to skating, immortalizing his style in both surf and skate to this day.

The first of these events was in 2012, when Abellira and Buttons Kaluhiokalani surfed the Masters Division. It was Buttons last event, as he sadly died of cancer a year later. In 2013, the Legends Division was added, and a little known surfer named Tom Curren made the final. Robert Weiner of Roberts Surfboards took first, followed by WRV shaper Jesse Fernandez and Manasquan legend, Scotty Duerr. Catch all these amazing watermen in the highly anticipated Belmar Pro Legends event this year.

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We are stoked to present this years “Official” Event Poster with artwork painted by our good friend and world-renowned artist Jay Alders. You will be able to pick up one of these posters at Eastern Lines Surf Shop in Belmar, or if you would like to purchase a print of the painting itself visit

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2nd Annual Belmar Pro/Am sponsored by Summertime Surf

We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Belmar Pro/Am sponsored by Summertime Surf

SEPTEMBER 6th, 2014 (No Wave: September 7th)
Location: TBA Sponsored by Summertime Surf

Open to Boys & Girls, using STS Team Format.

Team Draft Thursday Sept 4th at Stay Gold 7pm

Am Party Saturday Sept 6th, Don’s Pizza King 7pm


For further information call Eastern Lines at 732-581-6405

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Excitement Builds as Headliners Commit to Pacifico Belmar Pro

Wow. New Jersey has been pumping lately. A week ago it was Hurricane Bertha just offshore and this Wednesday was a powerful windswell that lit up the entire coast. There’s a palpable excitement in the air for the Pacifico Belmar Pro this year. You can tell by not just the energy around Eastern Lines, the Belmar Boardwalk, and the beach, but by the talented international surfers who have already signed up for this year’s Pro event.

In 2012, Michael Dunphy of Virginia Beach repeated his 2010 victory to be the first two-time winner of the Foster's Belmar Pro. Photo: Stockdale

In 2012, Michael Dunphy of Virginia Beach repeated his 2010 victory to be the first two-time winner of the Foster’s Belmar Pro. Photo: Stockdale

Topping the list is, of course, Michael Dunphy, of Virginia Beach. Dunphy is a two-time Belmar Pro champ and is currently ranked No. 18 on the ASP’s WQS, which means he could be looking for big results in the second half of the year to get himself in the possible qualification mix for the ASP World Tour!

After that is Brian Toth of Puerto Rico, a perennial powerhouse and 2007 Belmar Pro winner. Then you’ve got such notables as Cam Richards, Taylor Clark, Phillip Gould, returning champ, Ben Bourgeois, Asher Nolan and a host of hopeful Jersey boys. We’ll update as the event gets closer. Plus, we’re trying to get one more session out of this swell when the tide drops today.

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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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