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Last Week In The Dominican Republic…

Gabe Kling

Above: Gabe Kling in a Dominican dumper. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Our main man on the East Coast, New Jersey’s Seth Stafford knows when to get hell outta Dodge. With the entire Eastern seaboard in a deep freeze, Stafford wisely rounded up a crew of East Coast All-Stars and headed way down south to the Dominican Republic. In between the rain squalls, the crew managed to score a few good shots of the pros and a few Dominican bros. Enjoy the fruits of Seth’s labor…

Peter Mendia

Big Peter Mendia about to throw a boat load of spray toward Haiti. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Bobo

Local ripper “Bobo” at Playa Encuentro. Como estas compadre? Photo: Stafford/SPL

Gabe Kling

Gabe Kling with a big snap on the East Coast of the Dominican Republic. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Gabe Kling

Gabe Kling goes for the glory shot via a huge closeout. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Brandon Sanford

One of the best up-and-coming surfers in the DR, Brandon Sanford blasts off at Playa Encuentro. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Peter Mendia

Peter Mendia at a wedging beachbreak on the East Coast of the Dominican Republic. Photo: Stafford/SPL

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Ben Bourgeois

With tons of trips to the DR under his belt, North Carolina’s Benny Bourgeois acted as tour guide/scout for the crew. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Gabe Kling

Gabe Kling at one of the fine wedging beachbreaks found in the DR. Make sure you get on it early though, the trades come on strong and early in the AM. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Gabe Kling

Gabe Kling in the Dominican Republic … a warm and welcome respite from the East Coast of America’s record breaking cold snap. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Peter Mendia

Peter Mendia. This spot is pretty sick, the waves refract off that big cliff and form into a wedging left that barrels over a sand bottom. Vendors sell Dominican style jerk chicken beans and rice on the beach as well making for a great post surf feed. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Gabe Kling

Recently returned from the frigid Northeast, Gabe Kling sheds all the rubber for some warm water ripping in the Dominican Republic. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Peter Mendia

No rocks or reef means no worries for Peter Mendia. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Peter Mendia

Peter Mendia overpowers yet another lip, this time in the tropical seas of the Dominican Republic. Photo: Stafford/SPL