Growing up in the Wildwoods, surfing was my saving grace. Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter, 80º or 10º – there is always an ocean out front and most of the time there is a wave to be had.
Each season offers different benefits for surfers. Fall is probably the ideal time here in New Jersey because the weather is still amazing and it is the most active time for the tropics which produces most of our waves. Winter is second best, because the crowds are completely gone and as long as you have a good wetsuit, you can find your own peak and enjoy the solitude. Summer is great for obvious reasons––75º water and 90º air–– but as with everything, there is a catch, and that is less than epic waves throughout the season. Occasionally we will get a storm that produces good surf for a day or two, but summer waves are few and far between (until September at least). This isn’t a bad thing though.
As most surfers from NJ will tell you, the summer is the best time to learn and teach the basics of wave riding. The waves are usually friendly to beginners and the warm water means that no extra baggage like wetsuits or booties need to be worn. Located right on one of the world’s best beaches, Morey’s Piers decided to take advantage of the beachfront locale by hosting its first ever Surf Festival at Raging Waters on Mariner’s Landing Pier (Schellenger Avenue).
So far the day is shaping up to be jam packed with fun events for everyone. We teamed up with the local surf shops (Kona Surf & Sports; Ocean Outfitters; Wild Ocean; Woody’s Surf & Skate) and will be offering free lessons to those interested in learning. In addition to the surfing, live bands will be playing all day, a luau/BBQ with classic hawaiian cuisine will be on tap for lunch, and an official Baggo (Cornhole) Tournament will take place between Surfside and Mariner’s Landing Piers. The participating surf shops will have some goods for sale as well as a display of local surf artists’ work.
To close the day out, we are offering after hours admission to Raging Waters Waterpark, a first for the piers. For more info on the event and to purchase tickets for the BBQ and late night waterpark admission, visit www.MoreysPiers.com/SurfFest
See you on the beach!