The forecast was basically for flat today. And if you checked the surf north and south of Belmar’s 18th Ave, that was largely the story. But somehow the contest zone came alive today with one to three-foot bowls in offshore winds for day three of the Foster’s Belmar Pro. Much of the excitement today revolved around the Hawaiians, Reno Abellira and Buttons, who bought some Aloha to Belmar today. And the afternoon got pretty good with the tide coming in and crisp September lines.
We heard from a lot of folks that the webcast was in and out today and we do apologize for that. The tech gods have been working against us. But if you click on Live, you should be able to catch all the action as we keep running it Saturday night. And the web crew is doing their best to get it working for the finals on Sunday.
Saturday started with a few Hannah Womens Pro heats and it was all about Nikki Viesens of Indialantic, Florida. She posted an 8.67 and a 7.50 for a massive heat high of 16.17.
Then it was right into the Pro Mens, where a bevvy of New Jeresey surfers kept their chances alive for the finals. Lavallette’s Sam Hammer, Stone Harbor’s Mikey Ciaramealla, Somers Point’s Dean Randazzo, and Ocean City’s Matt Keenan are primed for the final day of action. 2009 Belmar Pro winner and former World Tour surfer, Ben Bourgeois showed up and laid down a clean layer of smooth little lefts, putting up an 8.17, the highest score of the day for the Men. North Carolina’s Mark Dawson looked sharp as well.
The Fins Pro Junior has been whittled down to the semifinals. The two standouts have been Cam Richards of Garden City Beach, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Beach, Florida’s Evan Thompson. They were both dominant today in the small pockets and surf in each of the Jr Semis, so there is a very good chance they will meet in the final. Keto Burns and Danielle Glen looked solid as well.
The Masters followed a little different format. There were three semifinals won by Dean Randazzo, Jeff Myers and Juan Ashton. They all go right to the finals while Keenan, Murphy and Bryan Hewitson duke it out for the last spot.
The day finished up with some unreal long boarding. World Longboard Champ, Taylor Jensen came out this afternoon and he bought some pristine lines with the rising tide. We’ll see him in the semis tomorrow with standouts Tony Silvagni and Steven Newton.
Party tonight at 10th Avenue Burrito with Barry and the Penetrators.