Posted on September 13, 2011
The Fosters Belmar Pro is just two days away and the town is already humming with excitement. On the heals of Hurricane Katia, it seems we’ve got another system right on time to be a wavemaker for this year’s event.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Maria. Maria is a Tropical Storm. She’s been downgraded from hurricane status, but still has plenty of life left in her this morning, with wind gusts up to 65 mph. Right now, our girl Maria is on an amazing track to deliver for Thursday and Friday. Our friends at SwellInfo are calling for a bump in swell to start the contest with perfect light offshore west/southwest winds.
Later on in the weekend, we could see the winds come onshore, but build an even bigger swell with overhead sets. Who can forget last year, when Michael Dunphy grabbed that massive tube in the final to win the Pro?
Of course, we have to see how things pan out as it gets closer, but surfers know there is a very good chance of some solid surf this weekend.
Posted on September 12, 2011
We’ve made it through the 2011 Belmar Pro Amateur Event!
Saturday we were lucky enough to have the very last long period chest-shoulder high remnants of “Katia” blow her last breath at us just enough to carry into Sunday’s building chest-shoulder high windswell bowls courtesy of stiff, chilling, straight easterly winds, and the competitors made the best out of the tricky conditions.
Several competitors entered more than one division with more than one person making finals of both their divisions. Most notable was Belmar’s own local Brian Dalton making the finals of both the Mens shortboard and Longboard divisions snagging 4th in shortboard and 2nd in Longboard. Within the last several minutes of the Longboard finals Brian negotiated a left bowl racing across the washing machine-like rip in the middle of the beach and miraculously pulled off a 360/alley-oop-floater type of a maneuver, sticking it cleanly to the screaming cheers of the beach! The score boosted him from 4th at that moment of the heat to 2nd place. …. Who would have thought the maneuver of the day would have been in the Longboard heat?
At day’s end everyone was happy that the waves held up through the weekend despite dismal forecasts. FINS provided the most delicious breakfast sandwiches ever, Vita Coco and Red Bull were handing out drinks, and smiles and laughs were had.
Special Thanks to everyone who pitched in to make this year’s separate Amateur Event a success!
For complete final Amateur Event results Click Here!
Photos by Daniel Stockdale: