Surfers of all ages are getting amped for the 21st Belmar Pro surfing competition, which will take place September 8 to 10, 2023. The event is presented by Eastern Lines Surf Shop in Belmar, New Jersey, and sponsored by Playa Bowls.
Participants in the Belmar Pro surfing competition will vie for top honors in seven divisions throughout the three-day event. The competition categories are:
Fins Men's Open
Playa Bowls Women's Open
Creatures Master's Open
Pacifico Longboard Open
Joe’s Surf Shack Senior Men (45-54 as of January 1, 2023)
Cecil Lear Legends (age 55+ as of January 1, 2023)
Eastern Lines Legends Longboard (age 55+ as of January 1, 2023)
Don Tarrant, owner of Eastern Lines and organizer of the legendary local surfing competition, has been involved with the Belmar Pro since its beginning in 2001. He and his partner, Scott Goodwin, "have worked very hard to improve the event through the years, both the infrastructure and attracting some of the best professional surfers in the world," he says. "Some of the countries generally represented are Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, and Australia, as well as the U.S. East and West Coasts and Hawaii."
"The Belmar Pro gives us the greatest opportunity to present world-class surfers with quality surf conditions," says Tarrant, who was inducted into the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame in May 2019. "I have heard over and over again: 'I didn't know the surf was this good in New Jersey.' Hopefully, these competitors will go home with great memories and stories of their time at the Jersey Shore. I also think it's the perfect time for locals to attend an event during local summer."
Registration for the Belmar Pro will begin June 1, 2022. The five competition categories are: men’s, women’s, longboard, masters, and legends.
In addition to plenty of wave action, the Belmar Pro will include an outdoor marketplace on the sand with food, clothing, artists, and surf industry merchandise. Vendors representing several volunteer groups such as the Surfrider Foundation are also expected to participate.
For more information, contact Eastern Lines at 732-681-6405 or visit www.belmarpro.com.
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