As All At Sea went to press, the second annual "Pablito Guzman’s Cabarete Classic" windsurf competition started in the small town of Cabarete, 28 miles (45 km) east of Puerto Plata in the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The Cabarete Classic originated last year to bring the unique kite and wind surf site to the attention of international windsurfers.
During the last few years, local hotels suffered a setback. Wind surf fanatic Pablito, born and bred in the village, put his shoulder to the wheel and breathed new life into the wonderful site where windsurf competitions have been organized since the mid 1980s because of the fantastic conditions available for every level of sailor for events like Freestyle, Formula, Slalom, and Wave. Cabarete has played host to numerous world-class events like the famous Cabarete Race Week every June.
At the start of the Cabarete Classic on July 26th, spirits were high and wind expectations superb. Participants from the United States, Curacao, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Switzerland, England, Canada, St. Martin, Colombia, and of course the Dominican Republic flocked to the local hotels, who noticed an almost 100 % occupancy again.
Els Kroon will report on the event and its initiator in the October issue of All at Sea.