The 2020 Belmar Pro has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A swell of surfers will compete for top honors in men’s, women’s, longboard, masters, and legends divisions during the Belmar Pro surfing competition on September 10 to 13, 2020. The event is presented by Eastern Lines Surf Shop in Belmar, New Jersey.
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 entry period for the 2020 Belmar Pro opened June 1 but quickly closed once town officials announced the cancellation of all community events through October 1, 2020. lled or by September 2, whichever comes first.
"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."
The 2019 Belmar Pro included a bodyboard event as part of the Association of Bodyboard Professionals (ABP) tour.
"It was the first pro bodyboard event on the East Coast in years," Tarrant says. "In addition, we had a number of food, clothing and surf industry vendors that are sponsors of the event. We also had several surf artists and a number of vendors representing several volunteer groups such as the Surfrider Foundation."
For more information, contact Eastern Lines at 732-681-6405 or visit www.belmarpro.com.
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