Dean Randazzo stands tall at the 2013 Fosters Belmar Pro
Dean’s THE MAN. He set the path for all aspiring NJ and northeast pros and is the one guy that every single one of them points to as their inspiration. Dean made his mark in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s with a repertoire built on power surfing and a fierce determination. After taking scalps on the PSAA and Bud Tours, he secured a coveted spot on the elite WCT in ’92/’93, going head-to-head with the likes of Kelly Slater, Damien Hardman, Martin Potter, Barton Lynch, Richie Collins and Sunny Garcia.
Fate would test Randazzo’s mettle though in the form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma only a few years after his WCT debut. He has since battled the disease 4x, but, in true Dean fashion, kicked its ass up, down and sideways. Dean didn’t stop there though, raising money to fight HL through his Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation and through such events as the Freeze for a Cause and Paddle for a Cause. He’s helped countless individuals both financially and emotionally and has, in no small fashion, changed the world.
Dean’s latest endeavor includes Randazzo Surfboards, which are functional works of art. I’ve seen several of the shapes under the feet of a bunch of guys and will tell you that they are the real deal. Plus, Dean is the day-to-day guy who is happy to apply all his knowledge to the stick that’ll go under your feet. Ain’t many chances to talk to such a master.
So, what I’m trying to say is that his induction into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame is well deserved and a long time coming. From all of us at TheSurfersView—Congrats Dean and thanks for your kick ass spirit. You are NJ!