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Organizers of Water Brothers Surf Fest VI have announced that they have decided to postpone their 2016 event and have rescheduled it for July 8th, 2017.

“Yes it’s official. We have decided to postpone WB Surf Fest to next July 8th , 2017. We are thankful for all of you who look forward to coming annually, and to our WB family who volunteer to make it happen. Tuff decision but a year off will help us build a AWESOME event next summer. We will updating more info soon to our social media and website. For those who are interested in attending or participating in Water Brothers Surf Fest VI next summer you can contact us at ” Sid Abruzzi posted on his Facebook Profile on Monday, April 25th.

Water Brothers hosted their 5th Annual Surf Fest on July 11th at Fort Adams State Park, the event included hundreds of skateboards, surfboards and many special events.

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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