The Beachcomber July 2019

Summer 2019 Full of Fantastic Surf and Paddle Events

From Ukulele Lessons to Girls Surf Contests and Family Paddle Races, It’s Going to Be a Good Summer
Jul 12, 2019
Courtesy of: Jetty The sun rises early and sets late. Plenty of time for all this fun.

On an average summer day, there’s about 15 hours of daylight. That’s a pretty stark contrast to the nine hours of daylight on a winter day. It’s not that life stops on LBI during the winter; there’s just a lot less time to enjoy the salt and sea that we love so much. In June, July and August, we wake up early, we run, we kayak on the bay, we crab, we surf at low tide and SUP when the wind is light. We pack it all in.

And during the summer, it’s good to get together for these passions, perhaps have some friendly competition. Fortunately, there’s a whole summer of contests, races, paddles and other jams built on LBI’s spirit of community. But while the competition is generally friendly, you’d better believe everyone, from middle schoolers to retirees, is going hard.

This season of events kicked off on July 8 when South-End Surf N’ Paddle presents the Intro To Stand Up Paddleboarding, a free introduction to SUP at 3 p.m. each Monday of the summer at Bayview Park in Brant Beach. South-End also presents free ukelele lessons at the shop, every Tuesday night at 6. And every Thursday is movie night at the shop at 7, each film having some kind of surf theme.

On July 10, Robert’s Surfboards founder and shaper Robert Weiner stops by Farias Surf and Sport in Ship Bottom from 5 to 7 p.m. to talk board design.

July 13 will be a very busy evening. For the soft-board chargers, the Catch Surf Get Wet Tour comes through Farias Surf City at 4 p.m. with a party for the kids at the shop, and then the Expression Session on the Fifth Street beach at 6 p.m., which is an informal contest based more on fun than on performance. At 5 that same night, South-End Surf N’ Paddle presents the seventh annual LBI Paddle Classic at Bayview Park. This one is a stand-up paddle and prone race. The entry fee is $40, and all levels are invited to participate. The money raised goes to Alliance for a Living Ocean.

Grommets should be ready on July 24 for the Hurley Rip My Shredstick. Starting at 9 a.m., this is all about surfing, games and prizes, and it’s designed for kids right down to the smallest groms. Then there’s an awards party at the shop at 6 p.m.

July 28 is the 11th annual Jetty Coquina Jam. Female surfers of all ages are paired into teams of two and surf all day, with cold clams served and a full community tent village on the 68th Street beach in Brant Beach. This has grown into a massive event and is a huge fundraiser for the nonprofit David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation. Starting at 8 a.m., it runs well into the afternoon. This is free for spectators. Interested surfers must preregister from the Jetty website by July 18. They are always looking for volunteers as well. The no-wave date is Aug. 4.

Girls get another night of their own. Thursday, Aug. 8, the Ship Bottom Farias will present O’Neill Ladies Night at 6 o’clock with DIY sugar scrub bar, mocktails, and gift with an O’Neill purchase.

The relics (boards and surfers) get dragged out of the garage on Aug. 10 for the Alliance for a Living Ocean LBI Longboard Classic. This event on the 16th Street beach in Ship Bottom features all surfers riding vintage boards from 1969 or earlier to revive the classic style of surfing. Featuring live music and food, the event costs $35 for competitors. There are divisions for kids and adults, men and women. The tandem division has become a highlight of the day.

The same day, Aug. 10, the Tuckerton Seaport will hold a unique Tuckerton Creek Paddle race, the first of its kind.

You can check out some amazing surfboards from all periods at two Surf Swaps in September. Wave Hog Surf Shop will host a swap on Sept 7. Brant Beach will host a swap on Oct. 5, which is Chowderfest weekend.

These Island events all depend on participation, so get involved if you want to see the traditions continue. Maybe do some push-ups to get in shape.

— Jon Coen

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