Perhaps some of the most notable names to make appearances at the Belmar Pro haven’t been Ben Bourgeois, Shea-Lo or Sam Hammer.
The biggest names have been Ivan, Maria, Frances, Isabel and Ophelia. These are the tropical storms and hurricanes who graced the contest in years past. After 2003 opened to a giant nor’easter, swell from Tropical storm Isabel filled in for the finals. That set the tone for storms.
The Belmar Pro is held in September, specifically to take advantage of the height of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The peak of the season is mid-September, right in the midst of the event. In addition to warm water and sunshine, the event has been known to offer some meaty brown barrels and groomed groundswell.
Last year, a sub-tropical system hit Belmar on the first day of the contest, almost claiming the scaffolding down to the depths of the sea. The next day was insane.
The 2010 season was touted to be a rager of a year. … And WOW did it deliver! For the finals on Sunday, double overhead, long period, ‘Cane sets were pumping through all afternoon making for one of the most dramatic finals in East Coast surfing with thousands on the beach roaring at full volume!
We are just squirming in our seats praying that the 2011 Fosters Belmar Pro and FINS ASP Pro Jr are blessed with the same kind of exciting surf.
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