The roots of the New Jersey Surfing Championships began in the 1960’s when the legendary Cecil Lear began running surf contests in New Jersey. In the early days it was known as the New Jersey Open. The fledgling contest attracted Surfers from all over the Garden State anxious to show off their new Surfing skills to their buddies. After a couple years, Cecil’s contests grew to encompass the entire East Coast.

Fast forward to the mid-80’s. Gary Clayton and Don Tarrant were brought into the ESA to become Directors of the brand new Central New Jersey District. After beginning to build the District for a few years, they stumbled upon the idea to resurrect a New Jersey Surfing Championship that would crown a true state-wide Champion in every age group. The Contest was met with enormous success. After 3 years with the District growing wildly and personal lives, they discontinued the Event.

In 2016, Belmar Pro producers, Scott Goodwin and Don, along with Bill Brooks and Mark Sisom, began discussing reviving the Championships. With the help of some local Sponsors and O’Neill They had the funding to move forward for 2017. We are hoping to bring a really fun, exciting competition that will showcase the best talent in our State and once again crown true State Champions in each age group as well as a Pro Champion!

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