Day one shred in Belmar; Maria at hurricane status

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Photo: Stockdale

As hoped, sexy, sultry, Tropical Storm Maria came out to play today for Day One of the Fosters Belmar Pro. Good news is that she’s up to hurricane status. Conditions improved throughout the early rounds under sunny Belmar skies. Although some of the waves were a little walled, the groundswell filled in and the wind went offshore in the afternoon for some really good surf.

Topping the day was Vince Boulanger, of Ocean City, Maryland. Boulanger stuffed himself into a backside barrel for an 8.67 and a 14.50 total in the Round of 64.

Zion Balbueno stuffing himself on Jersey barrels. Photo: Stockdale

Other top performers included Zion Balbuena, up from the Dominican Republic in his first ever Belmar Pro and JD Lewis of Cardiff, CA.

The highest wave of the day by a New Jersey surfer was Ben Graeff of Longport, who whacked his way to a 7. Graeff is still alive.  It was a tough day, however, as the rest of the local boys failed to advance. Never fear, however, as there are several seeded Jersey boys still to surf.

Nice beach day. Photo: Stockdale

Our friends at SurfInfo say the Maria swell will continue tomorrow and the afternoon will again see a nice clean up. Friday will see the opening rounds of the Fins Pro Junior. Backed by Fins Mexicali Grill (Bradley Beach) for the third year now, this is an ASP-sanctioned Junior Pro, bringing out some of the best young surfers in North America. Heats start at 8 a.m.

The Hannah Womens Pro and Monster Energy Longboard Pro will all start on Saturday.


Chris Tucker, no safe surfing. Photo: Stockdale

Friday night will also see a raucous good time at PK Shamrock’s in Belmar, featuring DJ Lance-O, Flight’s Kool, and Burning Sun, sponsored by: Revolution Vodka.

Fins Jr. Pro Heat Draw

ROUND 72 (1st,2nd to Round 64)
3rd=65th place 19 pts $0 4th=69th 17 pts $0
R1H1 R1H2 R1H3 R1H4
Red Orozco,Sam USA Curren,Frank USA Panesi,Kadin USA Lester,Conner USA
White Brown,Dryden USA 0 0 Donovan,Brendan USA Gomez,Giorgio USA
Yellow Glenn,Daniel USA Burke,Joshua BRB McKinna-Worrell,Thelen USA Curren,Patrick USA
Blue Laide,Bryan PRI Ward,Colt USA Rooney,Andrew USA Colapinto,Griffin USA
ROUND of 64 (1st,2nd to Round 48)
3rd=49th place 25 pts $0 4th=57th place 21 pts $0
H1 H2 H3 H4
Red Schulz,Kevin USA Mathiesen,Taylor USA Heaselgrave,Jordan USA Davis,Jacob USA
White Holmes,Shane USA Brooks,Alex USA Burn,Shane USA Daly,Kain USA
Yellow Hendricks,Tyler USA Richardson,Colin USA Berk,Danny USA Diamond,Joe USA
Blue 1.1 2.1 1.2 2.2
H5 H6 H7 H8
Red Taylor,Breyden USA Guglielmana,Jesse HAW Leavel,Morgan USA Marks,Luke USA
White Polanski,Peter USA Brooke,Andrew USA Croteau,Justin USA Kelley,Jake USA
Yellow Davis,Blake USA Kingery,Nelson USA Carter,Jonah USA Nishiya,Kent USA
Blue 1.3 2.3 1.4 2.4
ROUND of 48 (1st,2nd to Round 32)
3rd=33rd place 44 pts $0 4th=41st 29 pts $0
H1 H2 H3 H4
Red Richards,Cameron USA Lewis,Matty USA Ciaramella,Michael USA Kane,Evan USA
White Strohmenger,Tanner USA Bloch,Ian USA Harris,Knox USA Jacobson,Andrew USA
Yellow 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4
Blue 2.2 2.1 2.4 2.3
H5 H6 H7 H8
Red Richards,Cole USA Behl,Nathan USA Fowler,Nick USA Schweizer,Noah USA
White Merrell,Robbie USA Barnes,Mason USA Okvist,Bobby USA Schmidt,Pat USA
Yellow 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8
Blue 2.6 2.5 2.8 2.7
ROUND of 32 (1st,2nd to Quarter-Finals)
3rd=17th place 59 pts $0 4th=25th place 48 pts $0
H1 H2 H3 H4
Red Thompson,Evan USA Lewis,J.D. USA Saenz,Christian USA Clark,Taylor USA
White Ihnken,Tommy USA Disney,Derrick USA Tucker,Chris USA Croteau,Ryan USA
Yellow 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4
Blue 2.2 2.1 2.4 2.3
H5 H6 H7 H8
Red Heverly,Fisher USA Coffin,Parker USA Raia,P.J. USA Moran,Colin USA
White Thornton,Trevor USA Burns,Keto USA Weinhardt,Scott USA Hdez,Nic USA
Yellow 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8
Blue 2.6 2.5 2.8 2.7
3rd=9th place 79 pts $0 4th=13th place 69 pts $0
Red 1.1 1.3 1.5 1.7
White 2.3 2.1 2.7 2.5
Yellow 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8
Blue 2.4 2.2 2.8 2.6