Eduar Santana: Dominican hero

Eduar 'Papito' Santana was awarded "Athlete of the Year 2010" at the Olympic Gala Ceremony, held February 10, 2011 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This 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.

The Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF) nominated Eduar Santana, who is affectionately known as 'Papito', for his outstanding achievements in high-performance surfing and his great qualities as a role model for all young surfers. A competitor in Open and Junior Surfing, Papito became a champion last year in both categories at the young age of Seventeen.

Papito has a great history of achievement in the sport of surfing. In 2010, he was the number one ranked athlete in both the Open and Junior Surfing divisions of the National Circuit of the Dominican Republic. He was selected to compete at the ISA Billabong World Surfing Games in Peru in the Open category, a tremendous accomplishment one month after his sixteenth birthday. In 2007 he was part of the National Team that participated in the VIII Pan American Surfing Games in Chile.

Eduar 'Papito' Santana is a stellar talent and embodies all the qualities of a great athlete, discipline, sacrifice, training and service. He is an active member of Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF), and assists in the training of young athletes to raise the level of the sport of surfing on the Island.

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