Rusty Del Mar Supports the 3rd Annual Surf Liberia Contest

The Annual Surf Liberia Contest is an event hosted by Robertsport Community Works in partnership with Surf Resource Network and this was the third year running the event. The event took place a few weeks ago in Liberia, West Africa and Rusty Del Mar stepped up to the plate and donated prizes for the winners, which goes a long way in a developing community. This year's event was quite groundbreaking and very exciting. There were 14 surfers in the Mens Division (16 years and up), 9 surfers in the all new Juniors Division (15 and under), and 6 local women competed in the Womens Division; this is the first time local women have competed and the first year the Juniors have had their own division!
Plus the competition drew a crowd of over 150 spectators, including local friends and families, ex-patriots from Monrovia, and even the Mayor showed up!

The competition was fierce... two time defending Liberian champion, Alfred Lomax, was present and looking for a hat trick. However, other Liberian surfers were hungry too. Stand outs from the day include Benjamin McCrumuda, Philip Banini, and Alphanso Appleton. But at the end of the day it was Monrovia's Peter Swen who took home the first place trophy in the Mens Division. Morris Gross claimed victory as the first ever Liberian Junior Champion and Irene Armstrong stood proud as the Liberian Womens Champion. Exciting times in West Africa.

Two Time Liberian Champion Alfred Lomax.  Photo: Fanzi ("Fanzi" is the nick name of Liberian photographer in training, Alphanso Appleton; he is involved with the Surf Resource Network Photography Project).

2011 Liberian Champion, Peter Swen, puts it on rail.  Photo: Brody

Armstrong Johnson picks his line.  Photo: Brody

The beach was packed with surfers and spectators.  Photo: Fanzi

Irene Armstrong charging on behalf of Liberian women.  Photo: Fanzi

Adama, George, and Elijah.  Photo: Brody

The event brought over 150 spectators to the beach!  Photo: Brody

Philip "Occhilupo" Banini.  Photo: Brody

Momo throwing it down in the Juniors Division.  Photo: Brody

Peter Swen chaired up the beach.  Photo: Fanzi

Text: Brody

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Surf Resource Network Partners with SDSU Professor to Create the World’s First Center for Surf Research


photo: Brody

Rusty Surfboards photographer, Sean Brody, started a non profit organization called Surf Resource Network to help surfers give back to the communities we go to for waves. Brody was inspired to start the organization after a trip to Liberia in 2009 for Fuel TV and Rusty Surfboards to photograph for the show "On Surfari", starring Rusty Surfboards team rider, Shayne McIntyre. The organization has come a long way in a short time:

The SURF RESOURCE NETWORK has joined forces with Dr. Jess Ponting, a leading expert on sustainable surf tourism and a current professor at San Diego State University, to help develop the world’s first CENTER FOR SURF RESEARCH. This collaboration effort takes a step in the right direction at addressing an exponential problem within surf tourism.

The Problem: As traveling surfers continue to expand their horizons to the farthest corners of the globe they pave the way for larger scale tourism industries to follow and too often create a legacy of soiled destinations, disheartened and distressed communities, and missed opportunities to replace poverty with sustainable livelihoods.

The Vision: Surfing’s impact on the world is entirely positive. By incorporating principles of sustainable tourism, surf tourism promotes healthy lifestyles and is a key driver for the environmental, social/cultural, and economic well being of destinations.

The CENTER FOR SURF RESEARCH is a non-profit research and teaching center housed in SDSU’s Sustainable Tourism Program under the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The CENTER FOR SURF RESEARCH provides leadership in the struggle for sustainability in surf tourism by: Shaping Responsible global citizens through life-changing experiential learning opportunities for students and the wider community; Creating and disseminating specialist knowledge to governments, the surf industry, tourism developers, destination communities, non-profits, and tourists; and by inspiring and driving active stakeholder engagement with the social and economic development of destination communities, sustainable use of their resources, and conservation of their critical environments.

The SURF RESOURCE NETWORK recognizes high quality surf as a valuable natural resource, which can be leveraged to provide means for community development. Their mission is to support local economies by partnering with organizations working to create positive outcomes for developing communities in surf rich regions. The SURF RESOURCE NETWORK supports local economies by raising funds for our partner organizations, facilitating the placement of volunteers within these organizations, fostering research and education, spreading awareness, and developing sustainable projects to better the lives of individuals in the community. The SURF RESOURCE NETWORK makes it easy for surfers to help local communities by providing a directory of “SRN Approved” accommodations, service providers, and volunteer opportunities around the world, which give a percentage of profits back to community based projects.

Check out the all new www.surfresource.org and click "Like" to show your support.

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