Empowering Women and Supporting Local Youth

The 10th annual Butterfly Effect Cabarete landed in our area on July 2nd, 2018. This year’s event, sponsored in part by Millennium Resort & Spa, registered 100 women and girls from all over the world. Local and visiting women gathered in Cabarete to complete either a 2km downriver paddle course from Islabon to La Boca or a 5km advanced downwind ride from La Boca to Cabarete Bay.

The water women and girls of Cabarete brought together their individual athletic abilities to celebrate their solidarity. True to the events core belief, many other girls and women were inspired to get out on the ocean and try some of the sports for the first time. The event included a beach cleanup, group hula and yoga, as well as food and gear from local sponsors. The event culminated in a celebration and fundraiser for The DREAM Project which raised US$8,000.

About the Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect was founded in Hawaii in 2007 by Tatiana Howard, an avid water woman who enjoys windsurfing, surfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and tow-in surfing. Since its first event in 2007 in Maui, Hawaii with a dozen women, The Butterfly Effect has evolved into a BE ALOHA World Tour with over 50 different non-competitive events in 19 countries, with thousands of participants.

“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!” Tatiana Howard, founder, The Butterfly Effect.

Giving back in Cabarete

The beach cleanup resulted in 20 bags of garbage being picked up off the beach in La Boca proving that this event is positively impacting our small surf community and preserving our natural playground. This environmental focus included the participants and members of the community. In addition to supporting the local environment, all of the funds raised support DREAM Summer Schools and Camps, educating more than 1,100 at risk youth.

“DREAM is so proud to collaborate with our Butterflies every summer, raising bothawareness for women in water sports and contributing much needed funds for local youth participating in innovative summer programs. The way this event brings the community together, there is simply none other like it.” Jonathan Wunderlich, Director of Development for 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.

Stay tuned for the 2019 Butterfly Effect World Tour, landing again in Cabarete June 29, 2019.

If you’d like to join us for an amazing event like this, have a look at our beach front Cabarete hotel.