It’s an annual tradition in Belmars paradise: the Belmar Surf Curse.
Belmar resident and local surfer Jeff Lebereaux is responsible for the curse, and it’s something he’s proud to share.
He says, “I love it.
It’s a way to celebrate surfing and surfing culture.
You get to see your friends and family on the waves.
It makes a statement.”
Belmar resident &local surfer @Jeff_Lebereau says surfing the beach, the waves and having fun is one of his favorite things.
He’s proud of the surfing curse.
pic.twitter.com/XeO9gD8vQM — Belmar Local News (@BelmarLocalNews) February 26, 2019It’s a tradition that Lebiereaux started a few years ago and he’s continued to share the curse since.
The curse has been spreading like wildfire in Belmer, where Belmar is a small community in the Northern Nevada mountains.
“The surfers in Belmers own waters are the real heroes of the curse,” Leberen said.
The local legend began in 2010 when a local surf was surfing near the Belmores shores when the local waves were up to their necks in blood.
“They were bloodthirsty.
And it was really bad.
They were literally shooting up and spitting out blood,” Leberreaux said.
Surf legend says it’s the blood that’s killing the waves, not the surfers.
“There are a lot of different reasons that people can get sick and then die, but it’s pretty simple.
The blood that goes in and out of the blood vessels, that goes through your system, and that’s why it’s a blood disease,” he said.”
It can cause liver damage and other things that can make you sick.”
In addition to the curse of the Belmer surfers, it has also been linked to a number of other illnesses including heart disease, stroke and arthritis.
“What it is, it’s an excuse to get away from the real world and surf in the surf,” Lebeereaux said, explaining that surfing is a great way to get your adrenaline flowing.
The curse has continued in recent years, and Lebireaux says there’s been a significant rise in cases of the disease over the last several years.
He added, “We had a really big surge last year, so there’s a lot more of these cases, so it’s probably the same as last year.”
Lebiereau says the local surfing community, along with the local surfers have been doing everything they can to keep the waves safe.
“If you’re at a local beach and you see a wave, we say, ‘Oh, you’re just a normal surfer,'” he said, adding that people who are in the water with others, like family members, may not be as well protected as those who are surfing alone.
The Belmar surfers love to share stories about the curse.
“When it first happened, there was no one to help us, but I guess theres always a good thing in life,” Lebreaux said with a laugh.