Ocean Event Empowers Women and Gives Back To The Community
Cabarete, Dominican Republic July 29, 2010 The Amber Dune Butterfly Effect will land in Cabarete on August 6-7, 2010, encouraging girls and women of all ages to get out on the ocean and show the world they that can surf with the best of them.
The event is fun and non-competitive, and it aims to instill self-confidence and a love for the ocean in women of all skill levels. Local and visiting women will gather on the beach of Cabarete to complete a 4km downwind ride from Cabarete Bay to Playa Encuentro. The women will be windsurfing, kite surfing, or stand-up paddling. Each event includes safety and stretching sessions, as well as food and gear from local sponsors, and fund-raising for local charities.
The Butterfly Effect. began in Hawaii in 2007. The founders, Tatiana Howard and Juliana Shelef, are avid water women who enjoy windsurfing, surfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and tow in surfing. This is the 4th year the event has taken place and the second year that Cabarete has hosted a Butterfly Effect. Since its inception, it has flown to Brazil, New Zealand, France, Hood River Oregon, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Israel, Tahiti, Fiji, and Australia. The founders believe that water sports provide a healthy and fun lifestyle that give those who participate in them great happiness and self-confidence. They have been fortunate to be involved in these sports and want to share and instill the lessons they have learned with women worldwide.
“Water sports have empowered, and inspired me to live out my hopes and dreams and giving back to surf communities worldwide is a passion I wish to share with many. Never underestimate the power of women to make change!” said Tatiana Howard, founder of The Butterfly Effect.
A portion of the proceeds from the Amber Dune Butterfly Effect Cabarete will go to the DREAM Project. The Dominican Republic Education And Mentoring (DREAM) Project is a US 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides quality education for all children born into poverty in rural areas and small communities of the Dominican Republic. Our local butterflies will participate with some of the DREAM Project kids in a group beach cleanup within Cabarete Bay.
The event’s sponsor Amber Dune Resort & Spa will be the first luxury condo hotel to be located on the Dominican Republic’s North Shore. Set to open in 2012, the $120 million property comprises 203 suites ranging from studios to three bedrooms and is located on 19.5 beachfront acres and 1,050 feet of shoreline.
“We are delighted we were able to help bring this worthwhile event to the Cabarete area,” says Darren Law, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amber Dune. “The Butterfly Effect is a wonderful example of how women can use the universal power of sport to make a positive difference.”
Event Registration will held at Onno’s Bar Cabarete on Friday August 6th from 6:30pm–9:30pm. The event will begin at 11am on Saturday August 7. All participants will meet at Vela Cabarete. A raffle and silent auction benefitting the event and The Dream Project, will be held during the closing ceremony at Nikki Beach Cabarete on Saturday August 7 at 8pm.
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day
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