Ride the waves of Local Summer

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    After the start of the Belmar Pro 15 years ago, the second longest running contest on the entire East Coast has become something the town of Belmar and surfers from around the country look forward to each year. 

    WELCOME TO LOCAL SUMMER

    “Between the town and the local surfers, I think with Labor Day just having passed and the locals kind of reclaiming the beach, they look forward to this because it’s something that’s geared toward us,” said Don Tarrant, owner of Eastern Lines and the event coordinator for the contest.

    The Belmar Invitational, formerly known as the Belmar Pro, will be held at 17th Ave. in Belmar from Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10.

    “We switched the name to the Belmar Invitational because we switched the format in the way that the contest is run,” explained Tarrant.

    There is a new sponsor in town, which became a really big thing for the invitational.

    “… Monster came on as primary sponsor for the whole event,” stated Tarrant.

    With Monster on board, the beach will gain a 40-foot inflatable Monster can and the brand’s marketing team will be in attendance.

    Attendees will notice other changes from years prior.

    “We haven’t had music on the beach for a couple of years and this year we’re going to return to having music on the beach and what we’ve done to change it up a little bit this year is we’re going to have a couple of food trucks on Ocean Avenue.” said Tarrant.

    RIDE THE WAVE

    According to Tarrant, surfers come in from all over the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Florida, North Carolina, California and a few from Hawaii to participate in the contest.

    The heats are divided into Pro Men, Pro Juniors, which goes up to 20 years old, Women, Long Board, Masters, which are surfers 35-45, and Legends, who are over the age of 45.

    “I think it’s not only a great thing for surfing, I think it’s a great thing for Belmar,” said Tarrant.

    Once the contest hits the beach it is run by Scott Goodwin. Tarrant and Goodwin have been a team for 35 years.

    “For Scotty and I, it’s pretty much a labor of love,” said Tarrant. “We just think it’s a great thing to showcase the talent in New Jersey.”

    DEAN RANDAZZO 

    Although Dean Randazzo loves riding waves, surfing is so much more for him. The surf community has given Randazzo the opportunity to travel the world, form friendships and even meet his wife.

    “I grew up in a beach town. I started standing on my boogie board and surfing was the natural progression. i loved riding waves!” 

    Q&A WITH DEAN RANDAZZO

    How long have you been surfing?

    I’ve been surfing since age 9.

    How long have you been surfing in the Belmar Pro?

    I’ve been competing in the Belmar Pro since its inception. 

    Are you excited about this year’s contest?

    I’m always excited for the Belmar Pro! Its nice to compete at home and I met my wife at the Belmar Pro and have two beautiful children I owe to the Belmar Pro!

    What’s your favorite part about surfing?

    Surfing has given me so much, traveling around the world, many friends and just enjoying something I love to do. But, the best part is getting spit out of a big barrel! Thats the ultimate!

    LOGAN KAMEN

    Logan Kamen is a 16-year-old surfer who has taken the surfing world by storm. While his home surf is Belmar with a job at Eastern Lines, he has also taken on waves in Hawaii, Ireland and more.

    “I MEAN YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT AND IT’S JUST KIND OF COOL.”

    Q&A WITH LOGAN KAMEN

    How long have you been surfing?

    I’ve been surfing since I was 9 or 10, so like seven years.

    How long have you been surfing in the Belmar Pro?

    I did the Belmar Pro when I was younger. I did my first Belmar Pro when I was 10 and I think I’ve been doing it ever since.

    Are you excited about this year’s contest?

    Yeah, it should be super fun. I’ve been training a lot and I’m excited for it.

    What’s your favorite part about surfing?

    Just how you can get so creative with it. I mean you can do whatever you want and it’s just kind of cool. I enjoy it.

    BRIAN DALTON

    Brian Dalton is a true Belmar native who was raised by parents who loved the beach. According to Dalton, they had him in the water at a young age. His father was a Belmar lifeguard and taught Dalton how to body surf and learning to surf came next. “My good friend Don Tarrant owned a surf shop and guided me when I was learning about surfing and most importantly, surfboards,” said Dalton.

    “I IMMEDIATELY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE OCEAN AND RIDING THE WAVES. IT WAS A NATURAL PROGRESSION TO LEARN HOW TO SURF.”

    Q&A WITH BRIAN DALTON

    How long have you been surfing?

    I have been surfing for 33 years. 

    How long have you been surfing in the Belmar Pro?

    I have been doing The Belmar Pro ever since the first one. I have surfed in every one in the categories of pro shortboard, pro longboard, and pro masters shortboard.

    Are you excited about this year’s contest?

    I look forward to this contest every year. It is my favorite time of year. The contest is scheduled during the most consistent wave activity of the year.

    What’s your favorite part about surfing?

    My favorite part about surfing is catching great waves with my best friends exchanging stories. It’s a unique opportunity to get out in the water and escape for a little bit.