Michael Dunphy Wins Belmar Pro

The Sixteenth Avenue Beach in Belmar has seen some amazing events, but this was the most exciting day in the history of the Fosters Belmar Pro, thanks to Hurricane Igor. Rolling sets from four to eight-foot poured into the Belmar beach all day long, creating moments of drama where thousand were on their feet.

This year’s Fosters Pro winner was 20-year-old Michael Dunphy of Virginia Beach. Dunphy jumped from third to first place in the closing minute of the final, with a freight train right barrel that he threaded for a 9. It was just enough to beat Nathan Carvalho, of Lihue, Hawaii. Humphreys was one very happy little man, raising his $5,000 check in front of the Belmar crowd. He also earned another $500 and ratings points toward the Western Atlantic Surf Series.

The ASP rated 1-grade Fins Pro Junior went to Dylan Southworth, 20, of Sayulita, Mexico. He combined a huge floater, frontside hack and a double-grab air-reverse for a 9 and an impossible barrel in the final to easily beat Parker Coffin, of California, Balaram Stack of New York, and Cole Richards of South Carolina. It was also worth 1,000 points toward the World Junior ratings for the 2011 season.

In what may go down as the most historic wave of this event, Jamie DeWitt Baittinger took a huge drop in the Hannah Womens final, and set herself in the pocket for the length of the wave, even pulling under the heaving lip before it ate her alive. It was worth 8.83 points and the win over Ariel and Alexis Engstrom, of Montauk, and Kim Kepich, of Millstone.

In what may go down as the most historic wave of this event, Jamie DeWitt Baittinger took a huge drop in the Hannah Womens final, and set herself in the pocket for the length of the wave, even pulling under the heaving lip before it ate her alive. It was worth 8.83 points and the win over Ariel and Alexis Engstrom, of Montauk, and Kim Kepich, of Millstone.

In the Pro Longboard, which claimed four boards in three rounds, Tony Silvagni repeated his 2008 win. But Belmar’s, Brian Dalton put on some show, with the locals showering him with support.

The beach was teeming with fans, who made friends, listened to dub reggae, ate tacos, got autographs, and took in the perfect late summer weather. But mostly, they were completely mesmerized by the giant surf of Hurricane Igor. 2010 is in the books thanks to a tremendous effort by Eastern Lines, the town of Belmar, MC Scott Goodwin, the New Jersey surf community, and of course, all the support from Fosters.

2010 Belmar Pro Results

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Amateur Wrap and Results

Wow. When you picture an Amateur weekend, you don’t exactly picture Hawaiian and Californians showing up to dissect some little Belmar swell. But that’s what went down in some small, but rideable surf this weekend. All told, it was an awesome time and it seems that we may have a new tradition here in Belmar.

With the Nike 6.0 Junior going down in New York last week, it seems the young pros had the weekend off. Already planning on surfing the Fosters Belmar Pro and Fins Pro Junior, a few of them were here a little early. There was some major talent, but a few locals stepped up – particularly Mikey Ciaramella. Ciaramella, of Stone Harbor, ripped his way to a first place in the Jr. Mens Division. PJ Raia, back from New York himself, took third. Nathan Carvaloh, of Hawaii put up the big numbers to take the mens, followed by Dyland Kowalski and Ciaramella, who did double duty. North Shore boy, Kalani David won the Boys with Nic Hernandez and Monmouth County’s Andrew Rooney representing the local contingent. Kim Kepich won a local battle to take the Womens Am over Carolin Duerr and Jessica Kwiecinski. Cory Kisel aced the the Longboard with JJ Egan and Jerry Mathews in second and third. Rob Mack rolled his way to a win in the Bodyboard, followed by Phil Sperry and Pat Hemenway.

Results

BOYS
1st Kalani David

2nd Nic Hernandez

3rd Andrew Rooney

4th Michael Vanamen

Jr MEN
1st Mike Ciramella

2nd Kalani David

3rd PJ Raia

4th Nic Hernandez

MEN
1st Nathan Carvalho

2nd Dylan Kowalski

3rd Mike Ciramella

4th Dylan Southworth

WOMEN
1st Kim Kepich

2nd Caroline Duerr

3rd Jessica Kwiecinski

4th Casey Kwiecinski