Coquina Jam Makes a Splash

Aug 01, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Avid surf fans and beachgoers gathered on 68th Street in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township this past Sunday to watch the 10th annual Coquina Jam, a women’s team surf competition and fundraiser that this year benefited David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation to help women who have cancer. Hosted by Jetty and presented by Hackensack Meridian Health, the event has raised over $55,000 through the years.

The event was free to spectators, but raised money through apparel sales, raffles, and a variety of food vendors. Sponsors such as Speakeasy Pizza, Farias’ Surf and Sport, and Parker’s Garage among many others drew an impressive crowd to the beach. When their eyes were not fixed on the waves, spectators were entertained by The Double Negatives, a New Jersey-based rock band.

Although primarily a charity event, the Coquina Jam never fails to host a competitive field of surfers. Participants were separated into two age groups, then randomly paired. Each team took to the waves for roughly 15 minutes, where they battled to catch the biggest waves and show off their moves. After each round the team with the lowest score was eliminated while the others moved on.

Sam Alvarez and Morgan Iglay came out on top after posting excellent scores in each round of competition. Iglay is no stranger to success in the waves, having won the Coquina Jam last year, as well as an individual and team state title with Manasquan High School. She and Alvarez captivated the crowd.

Drawn to the event’s intent to “fundraise for a great cause,” three-year Jam veteran competitor Alvarez has been surfing off Long Beach Island’s coast for years. Raised in Barnegat and currently residing in Beach Haven, she began seriously surfing when she moved to Puerto Rico for the winter, but “coming home to surf on Long Beach Island” remains one of her favorite things to do.

The dynamic duo was followed by Jetty-sponsored surfer Jamie DeWitt and her partner, Carly Coble, in second, then Steph Mags and Mia Gallagher, who took third.

Jetty encourages supporters of the Coquina Jam to the water on Aug. 4 for the 10th annual ALO Longboard Classic. The competition will take place on the 17th Street beach in Ship Bottom and is hosted by the Alliance for a Living Ocean. The ALO and Jetty frequently partner to reduce plastic use at events on and around Long Beach Island. Funds raised at both events will directly impact the Long Beach Island community and its members.

Looking forward, David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation will host the Summer Soirée “Boardwalk Nights” at the Sea Shell Resort in Beach Haven on Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. The event will once again benefit the foundation, founded by David Caldarella, a stage IV cancer survivor, which aims to identify and financially support patients in need. .

Founded on the Jersey Shore, with its flagship store in Manahawkin, the Jetty apparel company remains active on Long Beach Island, constantly striving to give back to the community that sparked its success.

For additional information on David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation, visit davidsdreamandbelieve.org or call 609-489-0011.

For additional information on Jetty, visit jettylife.com or follow @thejettylife on Instagram.

— Morgan Turner

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