- 09 April 2013 | Surfing
The "House of Waves", a surf school run by the president of the Dominican Surfing Federation, has been destroyed at Encuentro Beach, Cabarete.
A group of vandals has robbed and burned down the surf school "House of Waves" located right in front of one of the best spots in the Dominican Republic.
All surf equipment has been stolen and the house was completely destroyed. An explosion was reported as being heard by neighbors, and flames were witnessed engulfing the Kana and Kaoba wood storage shack.
"Our goal for 'House of Waves' was to work in harmony with the other surf schools, to provide access to surfing for kids with little resources, to promote the protection and care of the environment, and create a safe and fun place for families to gather and practice surfing", explains Jesmarin Puente, owner and president of the Dominican Surfing Federation.
The "House of Waves" supported multiple initiatives for the benefit of the community, including regular beach cleanups, medical missions, youth training programs and the International Surfing day, among others.
Jesmarin Puente is a national surfing champion, certified trainer and manager of several pro contests in Latin America. Plans to reopen the surf school are currently pending.