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Surf City 2018 Yearbook

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2018 Surf City Beach Patrol Season Statistics:
Total Rescues – 85
Missing Persons Recovered by the Patrol – 19
First Aid Responses w/EMS – 9
Total Estimated Beach Population – 255,500
Average Water Temperature – 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit
Green Flags - 45 days
Green over Yellow Flags (Limited Bathing) - 19 days
Yellow Flags (Restricted Bathing) - 13 days
Red Flags (No Bathing) - 3 days


2018 Summer Overview

One again we started with a warm ocean so we rarely had to train in the bay.  The average ocean temperature was a nearly record breaking 69.8 degrees.  On the other hand the water was quite rough and "rippy" for much of the summer as our 19 limited bathing, 13 restricted bathing, 3 days of no bathing shows.  But do to the vigilence of our lifeguards rescues were actually down to 85 from 99 last summer.  We hired quite a few new members to our "family" this year.  Mike A., Taylor B., Adam C., Natalie D., Liam D., Zach G., Lukas G., Luke G., Shannon M., Conner M., Isabella M., Katelyn R., Hunter T., and Bella T.

This was also the first year of the Surf City Lifeguard-In-Training Program which was run beautifully by Program Director Jenn W., and Instructors Ashley M., Ross R., and Lauren R.  Kudos to them on a very successful inaugural season of our LIT Program!

After not winning an open tournament since 2012 we finally broke the streak this season at Seaside Park.  Led by triple 1st place event winner and MVP Pat H. Surf City triumphed over Ortley, Seaside Park, Lavallette, and others.  Meanwhile the women kept their tournament juggernaut rolling with decisive repeat team victories at the Long Beach Township and Lavallette women's tournaments.


Beach Patrol Events

As always between the tournaments and other events it was a busy summer!

Surf City Epic - Monday July 2, 2018
Charlie and Julia earn a 2nd place finish in the Epic Run-Swim losing only to professional triathletes.

Seaside Park Lifeguard Tournament - Thursday July 19, 2018
Pat H. is the first Surf City lifeguard to win beach flags at Seaside Park.
Scott and Pat H. win the paddle pick-up.
Pat H, Lauren, Scott, Max, CJ, and Chris win the run-relay.
Surf City wins the tournament!
Pat H. earns MVP.

Upper Township 7 Mile Row - Monday July 23, 2018

Bring Your Best Dish - Thursday July 27, 2018

Ship Bottom Tournament - Monday July 30, 2018

LBT Women's Tournament - Tuesday July 31, 2018
Emily, Lauren, and Julia
win the Line-Pull.
Gaby and Anna win the Mile Row for the second straight year.
Julia wins the 2000' Paddle.
Maria wins the 1000' Swim.
Pepper, Emily, Lauren, and Julia come in 1st place in the Paddle Relay.  Second year in a row SC wins this event.
Katie wins the Mile Beach Run.
Pepper and Maria
win the Buoy Rescue for the second straight year.
Julia and Maria win the Paddleboard Rescue.
Pepper wins the Iron Woman.
Surf City wins the tournament 2017 and 2018!

Long Beach Island Championship "Islands" - Friday/Saturday August 3/4, 2018
Julia wins the 2000' Paddleboard.
Pepper wins the Iron Woman.
Scottie wins the 1500' Paddleboard.

Lavallette Women's Tournament - Tuesday August 7, 2018
The team of Pepper, Emily, Julia, Lauren, Bella, Anna, Gaby, and Maria win the tournament while winning 4 of 7 events. 

Island Beach Mixed Tournament - Thursday August 9, 2018
Pepper and Maria again destroy the field in the Buoy Rescue.
Julie R. and Kelsey decimate the field in the Paddle Pick-Up.
Emily, Beth, Julia F, and Lauren R. win the Line-Pull.
The Swim Relay Team of Pepper, Alyssa, Emily, and Maria hold off a very talented and determined Lavallette Swim Relay to win this event.

11th Annual Surf City Banquet - Saturday August 11, 2018

Harvey Cedars Cutter's Cup - Tuesday August 14, 2018

Ship Bottom Barnegat Bay Challenge - Monday August 20, 2018
Chris and Mark finish in 1st place.

Hammer Row - Thursday August 24, 2018

Last Day Crew - Monday September 3, 2018


2018 Memories
















 Surf City Epic Lifeguard Tournament - Monday July 2, 2018

Since the Epic has quite a bit or running in it, it's best that it take place at low tide.  Believe me, running in quick sand for 2 miles is no fun!  This year the date was set for July 2 because if we waited for the next low tide we'd be right in the middle of competition season and it would be hard to find an open date.  Early in the season there is always the risk of cold water but on this day the water was "tolerable" for swimming at 64 degrees.  The waves were small enough to be safe but large enough to make things interesting.

For whatever reason only four teams attended, Surf City of course, Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars, and Ship Bottom.  Long Beach Township said they would attend but didn't show up.  I suppose the four teams that thought they could win competed.  We invited every LBI team and quite a few off-island teams.  The Epic is grueling and after teams come once most don't return, that list is growing... Brigantine, Upper Township, Beach Haven, …

Julia and Charlie once again took on the rigorous Epic run/swim duties and finished in 4th and 3rd places, respectively.  When the cross-country scoring is taken into account Surf City finished second in this event.

The paddle relay team of Lauren, Scottie, Pepper, and CJ were close on the heels of Harvey Cedars but ended up in 2nd place.

The Surf Dash team of Pat L., Dan, Pepper, and Maria finished in 3rd place.

    CJ and Gaby competed in our first every block pull/mixed doubles row event and finished in 4th place after a tie up in the boat.


In the final event, the medley relay, Bella ran, Maria swam, Scott paddled, and Pat L. and Anna rowed.  The team was doing pretty good as the top three boats got into the water at the same time.  It was anyone's race at this point.  But as if often the case the boats tied up and Pat and Anna got the worst of it and finished last.


When the points were tallied Harvey Cedars once again dominated the Epic while Surf City and Barnegat Light were tied for 2nd.  But since Barnegat Light won an event we we did not they were awarded 2nd place.  Congrats to Harvey Cedars on another Epic victory!


Seaside Park Lifeguard Tournament - Thursday July 19, 2018

We have been attending the Seaside Park lifeguard tournament since the early 1990's and it has always been one of my favorite tournaments.  The events have remained the same over the years with the exception of women being added to the events.  It's a fun tournament and always well run.  There was some wind chop and waist high waves on this night.  Competiting teams included  Ortley Beach, Lavallette, Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, Midway Beach, Ship Bottom, Surf City, and one other team I can't remember!

As always the tournament started with the women's beach flags.  Lauren got a tough draw right off the bat and was out in the first round.  Pat H., who had come in 2nd two years ago was doing very well in the men's competition and finally worked his way to the last round.  Pat was just too fast even though the other competitor tried to trip him up in hopes of stealing the hose.  No dice.  Pat H. is the first male winner ever for beach flags in Seaside Park.  Great performance Pat.



Moving into the medley relay Bella did a fantastic job for us getting Pat L. into the water in 3rd place.  Pat had a good swim and Adam C. had a good paddle getting our boat crew of CJ and Scottie launched in 4th place, which is where we finished up in this event.  I should also note that our lane which was the Northern most lane did not have the sand bar that the other lanes did.  There was a gully so our swimmers, paddlers, and rowers couldn't run all the way to the beach like the other teams.  If you mistakenly jumped out of the boat too early you would have to slog through chest deep water to the finish line....


Which is exactly what happened to me and Chris in the Doubles Row.  Despite a crooked row on our part we were out to the buoy just ahead of the lead boats, off the buoy first and then able to open up literally a two boat lead as we approached the shore.  Chris jumped probably two strokes early into chest deep water while Ship Bottom sprinted across the sandbar to the finish line.  It's a tough way to end up in second place but that's how it goes sometimes.


The swim relay consisting of Pat L., Maria, Pat H., and Pepper were up next.  The gully was even more of a problem for our swimmers since they can't ride a wave to the beach like the rowers and paddlers can.  Still, they finished in 4th place in a very competitive field.


Scottie and Pat H. were up next in the paddle pick-up.  They came in 2nd in this event last year.  This year was different as Scottie was first to the buoy.  They paddled great together, caught a wave and won the event.  A PERFECTLY executed event!!!


The boat relay was next.  Chris and I were determined to fix our mistakes from the doubles row earlier in the night and we did, handing off the boat to Pat L. and Scott with a pretty sizeable lead.  Pat and Scottie had some wiggles on the way out but overall it was a solid effort and we were still in first place when Conner and CJ entered the boat.  There were a few wiggles and popped oars on the way out and by the time they were approaching the beach they were still in first but it was going to be close.  I ran onto the sandbar to tell them not to jump out of the boat early... 2nd place for Surf City in the boat relay.  As it turned out in all of the confusion they thought they heard “Jump out!” instead of "Don't jump!"  Oh well, three years ago we weren't competing in boat relays because I didn't think the boys could keep the boat in our lane.  Now we're on the verge of winning them;)  Speaking of winning...


We were definitely “in” this tournament.  The paddle relay was next with Pat H. up first.  He got to the buoy in 4th place.  Adam caught a bomb 50 yards off the buoy and pulled us back to 3rd place and very close to the leaders.  Scottie was next and he pulled us into 2nd place.  Chris reeled in the 1st place paddler from Ortley and they both came in on the same wave.  But Ortely has the bar and we had the hole so Chris has to deal with 3 feet of water vs. 3 inches for Ortley.    But that's just how it is in lifeguard tournaments.  We'd have to settle for 2nd place.


Going into the last event Surf City was one point ahead of Seaside Park in the tournament standings.  I was pretty confident of our run relay but anything can happen in this event.  Pat H. started it out with a blazing run to Scott who delivered the buoy to CJ.  We're in first place.  Lauren is up next and gives up no ground to the other teams handing off to Adam and finally Chris, by which point we had a 10 yard lead on the field.  First place in the run relay for Surf City.  First place in the Seaside Park Lifeguard Tournament for Surf City!!!

The last time the men won an off-island tournament was in 2012 at Sandy Hook.  There were some challenging rebuilding years but things are coming together.

Upper Township 7 Mile Row – Monday July 23, 2018

  While Chris and I hadn't gotten a ton of time in the boat we decided to see where we stood at the Upper Township 7 mile bay row.  We had a good row and finished 4th out of 34 boats.


Ship Bottom Jack Donlon Memorial Lifeguard Race – Monday July 30, 2018

After a one week postponement the Ship Bottom tournament was finally taking place.  Unfortunately the waves were large and it was very windy.  Twelve very competitive teams including Brigantine, Ocean City, and Atlantic City attended.

Pat L. and Dan and Mike A. competed in the Surf Dash and managed to beat a few teams but didn’t make the top five which would have earned points for the team.

I rowed the 1000’ Doubles with Dave and as I always say, “sometimes you get the wave and sometimes the wave gets you.”  Like last year the wave got us again!  Luckily only my pride was hurt.

Scottie and Pat H. were next in the paddle pick-up.  Scottie had yet another great paddle making it to the buoy in about 2nd or 3rd place.  Harvey Cedars in usual fashion was out ahead of the field but there was going to be a battle for 2nd through 5th places.  It looked to me like we had second place but when I checked the scoreboard they had us down for 4th place?!



The boat relay was next.  Dave and I had a decent row getting to the beach in 2nd or 3rd, followed by Pat L. and Max and then CJ and Scottie.  I thought we clearly ended up in 4th place at worst but again after checking the scoreboard we were marked down for 5th place?


Charlie, CJ, Scott, and Adam did a nice job in the paddle relay with the highlight being the 180 CJ did on a wave on the way to the beach.  He recovered fantastically and got on the next wave that came through.  Looked like a solid 3rd place finish to me.  I checked the scoreboard and… what?  5th place?!!  What’s going on here?

The final event of the event was the Iron Man Medley with Charlie putting in a gutsy performance (as always) in the run portion of the event getting Pat L. in the water tied with the other swimmers.  Scottie paddled and CJ and Max also did well but we ended up out of the points in this one.

I have referred to the Ship Bottom tournament as “The Curse” for a number of years now.  Things always seem to go wrong.  Dropped oars, bad lane draws, funny scoring…  Even in 2008 when we won virtually every tournament we came in 2nd at Ship Bottom.  Nothing else to say really except perhaps next year we’ll break “The Curse.”

Long Beach Township Women's Tournament - Tuesday July 31, 2018

This tournament was also postponed a week due to weather.  The waves were a little smaller but the wind chop would still play a big part in this one.  It would be an understatement to say the women were well-prepared for this tournament.  We've had quite a few really good women's teams over the last 15 years or so but this one is really special.  Not just from a talent perspective, don't get me wrong they are supremely talented, but also in their cohesiveness as a team.  I am amazed at the way they support not only their teammates but also their competition.  Very impressive.


The Rothstein sisters, Emily, Julia, and Lauren executed a nearly perfect line-up and must have won this event by 20 seconds against a very competitive field.  All of the women were really good in this event.


Gaby and Anna had a battle on their hands in the Mile Row and it was going to come down to the final seconds.  Barnegat Light was heading into the beach first when they sheared on a wave as Gaby and Anna came barreling through on a bomb.  Gaby and the BL rower jumped out of the boat at about the same distance to the shore but Gaby was able to hustle to the beach for another 1st place finish for Surf City!


Not much to say about Julia’s performance in the 1500’ paddle.  She paddled away from the field and scored another 1st place for Surf City.


Maria N. was up next in the Women’s Swim and  came in 2nd behind the very talented Harvey Cedars swimmer and just ahead of the very strong swimmer from Barnegat Light.  For one reason or another there was some dispute about if Harvey Cedars got their registration to LBT in time and Harvey Cedars had to compete on an end lane unofficially in the tournament.  So officially it was the 4th consecutive 1st place finish for Surf City.

Jenn did a fine job wrestling the boat to the mark in the singles row and managed to come away with a solid 2nd place finish in very difficult singles rowing conditions



Pepper started out the paddle relay and fell a little behind Ship Bottom.  Emily was next and maintained our second place position.  Lauren was the third leg and caught a wave bringing the board into striking distance for Julia.  Julia caught the Ship Bottom paddle who got hung up in the break before reaching the buoy.  Another 1st place finish for Surf City.  If you’re counting that’s 5!



Originally Bella was supposed to do the Mile Beach Run but her college visit plans changed and she wasn’t able to make it.  Katie R. stepped up and said she’d do it.  It looked like a close race for 1st as the women approached the finish line but about 50 yards before the finish Katie turned on the jets (to quote Chris Bigos) and was able to win the race.  Her tenacity and will-to-win earned another 1st place for Surf City.  By this time the announcer stopped announcing the point totals for the teams as Surf City was really running away with it;)


Pepper and Maria technically came in 2nd place in the Buoy Rescue behind a very strong Harvey Cedars team but for scoring purposes it was another 1st place for Surf City.  That’s seven 1st place finishes.


Gaby and Anna were up next in the Doubles Row and had a little trouble getting cleanly through the surf and had to settle for a 4th or 5th place finish.  I don’t remember.


Julie and Maria were up next in the Paddleboard Rescue.  I know the other towns had some great swimmers in this event because three of the paddlers took off at the same time after the swim-out portion of the event.  But  Julia was having a great night on the board.  She got out to Maria in the lead and the duo only opened it up further on the paddle to shore.  That’s eight 1st place finished for Surf City.


The final event of the night was the Iron Woman.  The events were completed in the order of row, run, paddle swim.  Pepper had some difficulty with the row but came on strong in the paddle and run to finish unofficially in 2nd place behind Harvey Cedars but officially it was a 1st place finish.  9 first place finishes out of a total of 11 events.  If Harvey Cedars had been counted in the scoring it still would have been 7 first place finishes out of 11 events for a decisive tournament win.  A great performance for the Surf City women!

1st Place - Surf City 70
2nd Place - Barnegat Light – 44
3rd Place - Ship Bottom – 37
4th Place - Long Beach Township – 28
5th Place - Beach Haven - 15

Bring Your Best Dish - Thursday July 27, 2017




Long Beach Island Championship – August 3/4, 2018

Medium wind from the South, two to three foot surf... pretty good conditions for the tournament...

Despite having only four days notice that we’d be rowing the Mile Pat and I felt good.  The start was clean but we just couldn’t get settled into a good rhythm, the stroke felt rushed.  We overshot the first Mile mark by quite a bit and Harvey Cedars made up some ground.  Then we overshot the second Mile mark by quite a bit and Harvey Cedars made the smart move of moving to the inside of us and getting off the buoy first.  When we all finally turned into our lanes Harvey Cedars turned to the shore first, we were about 10 seconds behind, then BL a few seconds behind us and Ship Bottom a few behind BL.  LBT and Beach Haven were out of it.  H  arvey Cedars got to the shore first but I was sure we’d at least salvage a second place.  Pat jumped.. the water was deep and we finished 4th.

Using the sanbar on the start

Establishing the lead

Leaving no doubt

I didn’t see Julia in the Women’s 1500’ Paddle but I was told she won the race by 30 seconds.  She is certainly having a fantastic year on the paddle board.  From what I heard this was an especially impressive race for her.


Next up were are 16 year old rookie Buoy Rescue team of Mike A. and Bella.  What a great job they did bringing home a 4th place finish in a field of much older and more experienced athletes!


The Paddle Relay was next.  Adam had a rough start, handing off the board to CJ in 5th place.  CJ closed the gap a bit but it was Max’s wave that brought the team up to 2nd place, which Charlie held to the finish.  Great result boys!


It was a crazy finish in the Woman’s Doubles row with Gaby and Anna barreling in on a nice sized wave for a second place finish.


Maria and I were up next in the Boat Rescue.  It’s always tough for a woman to compete with guys in a race but even more so at low tide when there is a lot of running.  Maria got into the boat perfectly and rowed well but we had to settle for a 5th place finish.

As usual there was a battle for 1st and 2nd in the Iron Man between our LBI top 10 Nationally ranked iron men from Harvey Cedars and Barnegat Light but Pat was all alone in 3rd place, far ahead of the LBT, Beach Haven, and Ship Bottom Iron Men.  Pat makes the medal stand in the Iron Man!  NOT an easy feat on LBI.


Pepper had a really nice run, swim, paddle in the Iron Woman and was only about 10 seconds behind the Harvey Cedars competitor in the Iron Woman who was not having luck with the pounding surf.  Pepper had a tough time of it as well but finally managed to make it out and came in 1st place in the Iron Woman!  Great job Pepper!  This is only the 2nd time I know of that Surf City has won the Iron Man/Woman on LBI.  Here's a shout out my LHS friend Marty Ferraro who won it in 1985.

Since it was so dark at this point it was decided the Boat Relay would take place the following night just before the Surf Dash.  Surf City ended day one of the tournament in 2nd place overall with 40 points, Harvey Cedars was in 1st with 50 points, and Barnegat Light was in 3rd place with 36 points.  Would Harvey Cedars run away with it?  Would Barnegat Light make a surge during day two?  We’d know soon enough…


Pat H., Ryan and Charlie started off the second night’s events with the line pull. Pat touched the buoy third and Charlie and Ryan got him to the beach in third.


Conner and Max stayed in the thick of things with a third place in the Doubles Row while Maria and Dan took on the very competitive swim duties.  Maria finished in 2nd while Dan maintained contact with the pack but was unable to pass any of the other superfast swimmers.

I had a feeling this was going to be Scottie’s year and he was making it happen getting to the buoy first in the paddleboard rescue just a few seconds ahead the extremely fast Harvey Cedars paddler.  Scott and Pat put in a good effort on the way back to shore but the HC team who has won this event for the past 13 years were too much and Surf City had to settle for 2nd place.  Nice work guys.  Very impressive.


The singles row and mixed doubles row didn’t go so well.  CJ came in 5th or 6th while the team of Conner and Anna came in 4th or 5th. 



Scottie was up next in the super competitive 2000’ paddle race.  He has been working very hard on the board for four years.  I remember him at 16 years old going out for hour long paddles on a regular basis in all conditions.  Out in front right away, caught a wave to the beach, stayed in the lead on the way back out and then caught a wave back  to the beach for Surf City’s first 1st place finish in the paddleboard race since 2007.  Great job Scottie!  All of your hard work paid off.  Way to attack that course!


Next up was the team of Pepper, Kelsey, Lauren, and Julie in the Women’s Paddleboard Relay.  Pepper got caught up in some dirty water on the start but managed to stay in the middle of the pack.  Kelsey held position while Lauren moved us up to third place within striking distance of second.  And that was all Julia needed as she quickly overtook the previously second place paddler.  The end result was 2nd place for the Women’s Paddle Relay.

Since the boat relay was cancelled due to lack of light on the first night of the races it was run at this point of the second night.  Pat and I got off to a bad start, shaky launch into a big wave, popped oars, sloppy turn, and came back to shore out of our lane.  It was not a good row.  Conner and Max had a decent leg but nothing to write home about.  CJ and Scott also had an okay row but overall the turns were sloppy and wave riding bad.  5th place.  Our main boating mistake this year was shearing in waves, losing oars and then jumping out of the boat and swimming 25 yards to shore.  There is no hope of a good finish when you don’t bring the boat to the beach.

The final event of the night as always was the Surf Dash with Dan, Mike, and Bella taking this one on.  Competition was fierce and while they didn’t get blown out they did finish at the back of the pack. While we had some ups and downs the good news is that the team seems to be improving every year; fourth place last year to third place this year.   Right up until the end we had a chance to beat Barnegat Light and finish in in second place.   I sure we’ll be even stronger next year!


Lavallette Women's Tournament - Tuesday August 7, 2018

The Surf City women won this tournament last year so we knew we'd be in the mix again this year.  The Lavallette women's (or mixed) tournament has been around for quite a few years and the women always looks forward to it.

While we didn't get many pictures from this tournament I did take video of it and you can download the edited video.
Lavallette Tournament video:  SD version(119MB)   HD version(437MB)
Download the zip file, password is CJ's last name.

The first event was a giant rescue relay consisting of a buoy rescue, paddle rescue, and boat rescue.  All of the victims would swim which means that you need 5 swimmers for this event.  Pepper was off first as the buoy rescue swimmer and she was to the buoy with the lead swimmers.  Emily was the swim fin swimming rescuer and arrived at the buoy first.  The duo increased their lead to the shore.  Bella was off next in the swim relay and she held her own to the buoy getting there in third place.  Julia made up some ground on the way out on the board and the team made up even more ground coming back to the beach.   Maria would be the boat rescue victim and had a great swim to the buoy arriving in 2nd place.  Gaby was off in the boat an beat the previously 1st place Lavallette team to the mark.  Gaby and Maria had a great row to shore and it was a 1st place for Surf City.

Next up was Emily in the line with her sister Lauren pulling.  Honestly this one was never close.  Emily was first to the buoy and Lauren pulled her in 1st place by probably 10 to 15 seconds ahead of the 2nd place team.

Maria and Gaby looked to be first to the mark in the boat swim but to me it looked like both Barnegat Light and Lavallette swimmers may have jumped a little early so Maria arrived to the beach in 3rd place.  She protested that Lavallette jumped early and Lavallette disqualified their own team moving Surf City into 2nd place in this event.  Kudos to Lavallette.

The Iron Man medley was next and this one was never really close either.  Pepper was first to the beach in the swim and Julia extended the lead on the board.  Gaby and Anna sealed the deal with a solid row.

Lauren started the paddle relay and was first to the mark handing the board to Emily who was first to the beach.  Julia was next and extended the lead.  Pepper was the final leg and Surf City ended up winning this event by 13 seconds over the second place and very strong Lavallette paddlers.

Julia was the first leg in the swim relay and got to the mark in 2nd place behind Barnegat Light.  Emily returned to shore in 2nd.  Pepper back to the mark in 2nd!  And while Maria fought hard she couldn’t catch the Barnegat Light swimmer so Surf City had to settle for 2nd in the Swim Relay.  Congrats to BL, Surf City, and Lavallette for a very exciting swim relay with 12 amazing swimmers.

The final event was the Doubles Boat with Gaby and Anna rowing.  It was a close race from start to finish but Gaby and Anna were a little off the pace at the end and finished up the tournament in 3rd place.

The women displaying what being a good competitor is all about!

Surf City won the tournament winning 4 of 7 events and coming in second place in two others and one third.  Lavallette didn’t announce team scores.  Congrats to all of the women who competed.  It was an exciting tournament.


Island Beach Mixed Tournament - Thursday August 9, 2018

Instead of having an open tournament one night and a women’s tournament the next Island Beach is now having one Mixed Lifeguard Tournament.  As we do this with our Epic I think it’s a good idea since many patrols have as many women as men on them.  Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from this event.

Gaby and Anna were up first in the Doubles Boat and came in 5th place.  Chris and I competed in the same event for the men and we screwed up pretty badly with our sighting and came in way North of the course!  6th place.

The swim relay consisting of Pat Lavery, Maria, Pat Hyland, and Pepper had a good time of it and finished in 4th place.  Tough field!

Chris and Maria came away with a 6th place in the boat swim while our paddling team of Charlie, Pepper, Scott, and Maria finished 5.

The boat relay team of Gaby/Anna, Chris/Mark, Pat/Max, and CJ/Scott just never really got it together and had to settle for a 6th place finish.

In the final event of the night the Rescue Race Pat Lavery put in a beast of a swim in the line pull with Maria as the victim and Gaby and Charlie pulling.  This team easily won the line pull portion of this event.  The paddle rescue team of Scott and Pat Hyland lost some ground to the always strong Harvey Cedars paddle rescue team but we were still in 2nd place.  Chris and Anna rowed out to pick me up in the boat and we finished up in 3rd place.  We could probably have finished in 2nd if I could have stopped popping my head up in the boat!  Jeez that water was cold!

11th Annual Surf City Banquet - Saturday August 11, 2018

It's hard to believe but it's been 11 years since Collette organized the first Surf City Banquet in 2007.  It's a great way to wind down the summer after big Island Tournament and announce new members into the Surf City Beach Patrol Hall-Of-Fame.



Harvey Cedars Cutter's Cup - Tuesday August 14, 2018

I don’t remember much about this tournament except that we’d lost some competitors by this point in the season and it was really, really foggy.  We had eight guys, “the Pat’s,” Scott, CJ, Charlie, Mike and Dan A., and Conner in this one.  I give a lot of credit to the guys for representing Surf City in this one.  The water was freezing!  There weren’t any outstanding finishes and the conditions were sketchy to say the least.  Extremely cold water and fog so thick that boats would disappear into the fog and then reappear a few minutes later!  Still the team did a nice job representing, stayed in their lane, and completed each event.

Ship Bottom Barnegat Bay Challenge - Monday August 20, 2018

We always have quite a few boats in this event and this year was no exception.  I rowed with Chris, Caitlin and Pat rowed, and Conner and Ryan also rowed.  Chris and I had a great row winning the event over the always tough Margate crew of Swift and Cote.  After the Hammer Row I think this is my favorite distance race.




Longport Hammer Row - Thursday August 24, 2017

As I wrote above the Longport Hammer Row is probably my favorite bay distance race because of the sheer number of boats that enter this race.  It's always the last event of the summer so you know that you're racing everybody at their fittest.  Pat and Caitlin also rowed this race. 

There are generally about 50 boats in this race so avoiding collisions and finding a good line is really important.  Most of the lead boats are pretty tightly grouped on the way to the turnaround, which is 2 miles into the race.  After that things start to spread out.  After the turn all of the boats stayed towards the mainland while AC was more to the East.  In the picture below you can see Chris and I leading the pack.  The AC boat was to our right out of the frame of this photo.  When the boats lined up to go around the rock groin AC got ahead of us and there it's almost impossible to pass on the last quarter mile so we had to settle for 2nd place by seven seconds!  It was a really great race.




The Last Day Crew - Monday September 3, 2018

My thanks to every lifeguard for your dedication!