Rene Gough: all-round Dominican surfer

Rene Gough has been awarded "Athlete of the Year 2011", at the Dominican Olympic Gala Ceremony, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The surfer from Boca Chica was nominated by the Dominican Surfing Federation (FeDoSurf) for his outstanding achievements in high-performance surfing and for his discipline, training and focus as an athlete.

The annual event is organized by the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD) and rewards the most outstanding Dominican athletes in all disciplines, nominated by their Olympic Federations.

Rene Gough became National longboard champion in 2011 and placed fourth in the National Open of Surfing. The Dominican surfer has a great history of achievement in the sport of riding waves. In 2011, he took fourth place in the Monster Energy Longboard Pro at Belmar, USA, amidst tough competition.

He is an active competing member of the Dominican Surfing Team, and was selected to compete at the X Pan American Surfing Games, in Guadeloupe in 2011, and the ISA Billabong World Surfing Games, in Peru, in 2010.

In 2004, he got first in longboard, at the Latin Pro event, held in the Dominican Republic, at Canal Beach Cabarete. In 2001, Rene placed fifth overall in the Junior category at the Latin Pro, Punta Care, Venezuela.

The Athlete of the Year Award is based on the excellence and achievement of the athlete, their place in the National ranking, good sportsmanship and conduct, discipline, training and service.