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Nov 02, 2021

Clean Ocean Action Hosts Fourth Annual COA Surf Open Contest 

By Lori Draz

Balaram Stack. Photo by Robert Siliato

More than 100 surfers and spectators from far and wide came together at Seven President’s Park in Long Branch on Sept. 26 to be a part of Clean Ocean Action’s fourth annual Surf Open contest. Nature cooperated, gifting the nine divisions of surfers – from 6-year-old groms to professionals – with great waves and sunny skies. In addition to being a lot of fun, the COA Open raised more than $25,000 thanks to overwhelming support from the sponsors, contestants and supporters. 

Spectators at the COA Surf Open. Photo by Current Media Company

It was a fast-paced day of contests and judging. Some of the best surfers of all ages in New Jersey and New York – including pros Paul Fransisco, Mike Gleason, Pat Parenty, Jon Smyth and Balaram Stack – awed spectators throughout the day. In the end, internationally ranked pro surfer Stack from Long Island won first place in the Pro Division and donated his $1,000 prize to Clean Ocean Action. Smyth, first place winner in the Men’s 18 & Up division for the second year, also donated his prize money to COA.

10-year-old Carter Doorley won the Grom Boys 12 & Under division. Carter had set a goal to surf every day throughout the year for as long as possible. Contest days marked his 490th consecutive surfing day!

Carter Doorley. Photo by Michael McKenna

Everyone enjoyed complimentary drinks from Coffee Surf Co, Ugly Seltzer, and Melonhead. Fanagel the Bagel and Jersey Mikes provided breakfast and lunch for the many volunteers who assisted with registration, judging, organization and breakdown. Special thanks go to the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School surf team for loaning contest equipment.