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Hundreds gather for pro-am Surf Fest

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- The second-largest surfing competition on the east coast is going on in Wrightsville Beach. The third annual pro-am Surf Fest started Friday morning. Hundreds are turning out for the pro-am competition. Event organizer Tony Butler said, "We got people from Puerto Rico, California, Dominican Republic. We have some really big names here, bigger than last year." "It's grown to be really big there's people from all over the country," pro surfer Wes Laine said. "Most of the kids are too young, they don't know who the heck I am, but most of their dads do." The only thing missing was the big waves. Laine said, "Just pray for surf, hope it gets bigger." This is the third year the pro-am has been put on in Wrightsville Beach and each year more and more people show up. Not only is the number of surfers growing...but so is the prize money. This year the top surfer takes home $30,000. But the prize isn't the only reason people come to surf. The dream of getting noticed and the possibility of a sponsorship is also on the minds of many of these young surfers. The competition will be going on until Sunday. If you can't make it out to Wrightsville Beach you can visit

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