The 6th Annual Jetty Coquina Jam overcame the elements to raise over $7,500 for David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation (DDBCF). These funds have been allocated for breast cancer patients in need. To date, and as a result of the Coquina Jam, Jetty has donated over $31,000 to local families affected by breast cancer, and DDBCF has donated in excess of $260,000 to New Jersey families living with the disease.
As the area's only all-female surf contest, the Coquina Jam invites wahines of all ages who swim & surf at an intermediate to advanced level to participate. Forty-eight surfers are split into two groups at the median age, then a female from the new generation of surfers is randomly paired with an experienced counterpart.
Although not blessed with sunshine & clear skies, the rain & wind did not stop the surfers from competing for a cause. The ladies persevered through rough Northeast currents, unpredictable sets, and fifty-yard sprints down the beach to paddle out. Judges were impressed by the stamina of each of the wahines who ranged in age from 9 to 60, and weren't shy about sharing encouraging words as they watched from the Judge's Tent. After three intense heats, Jetty Team Rider Jamie DeWitt & Piper Morgan, Carly Cappelluzzo & Bridget Ringenwald, and Corey DeStefano & Lauren Zodl were left to compete in the finals. Between heats, Morgan made an early exit from the beach, leaving DeWitt to surf on her own. She scored high enough to win the coveted hand-carved Coquina Jam Trophy, and was followed closely by Cappelluzzo & Ringenwald.
The Coquina Jam has proven to be a successful all-female surf contest over the past six years, but it is only through continued support from the community. Throughout the day, over four hundred beach goers braved the weather to cheer on the competitors. Donna Fortney joined the Coquina Jam for the first time as both a competitor and a spectator. "The weather or conditions did not damper any of the spirit of the ladies competing - truth be told, I wish I would have done better, but there's always next year, and the personal results simply don't matter as the LBI community welcomed all ladies and girls to the event to raise money. We came from Monmouth County to surf and support, and I was stoked to see just how many people came out on the beach to cheer us on and support the cause. Personally I feel that any event that empowers women & girls in a male-dominated sport to come out in force for a great cause is a reason for celebration! From my understanding it was the biggest field ever of competitors, and that was simply amazing - from ages 9 to 60, all the ladies braved the tough current to surf their best to bring their partner to victory! Thank you Jetty for putting this great event together for the past 6 years...I will be back, and next year I will bring more surfers, friends and spectators!"
Many thanks to our sponsors, Contest Operators Randy Budd & Bill Machotka, emcee Jon Coen, judges (Tom Beaty, Jonathan Brokaw, Ken Gallant, RJ Hansen, Jetty Team Rider Pete Machotka, Andrew Paris), Tabulator Freddie Davis, Videographer Tony Coon, Jetty Ink Production Manager Mike Eiche, Jetty Urchins (Bobby Auriemma, Griffin Drury, Erin McAfee, Michaela O'Connor, Bill Tuccillo), Matt Mancini, and the Borough of Beach Haven for joining David's Dream & Believe in the fight against cancer.