Surf It Forward – 18th Annual Surf For A Cause
Check-in Begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8
Everyone is pitching in to help Surf It Forward – the annual campaign created to raise awareness and to help people with cancer.
The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation will hold its 18th annual Surf For A Cause Saturday, Sept. 8 at Decatur Avenue beach in Margate. Registration opens Tuesday, Aug. 7.
The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation will hold its 18th annual Surf For A Cause Saturday, Sept. 8 at Decatur Avenue beach in Margate. Registration is now open and will only be conducted online at thedrcf.org. Click here for business sponsorship opportunities.
Surfers are encouraged to collect online pledges to Surf It Forward. The top fundraiser in each of the following three categories will be awarded a custom surfboard shaped by Brian Wynn: male 17 years old and younger, female 17 and younger and male or female 18-years-old and older.
Surf Club Vacations will also award the top fundraising middle school or high school student with a guided surfing adventure to Tamarindo, Costa Rica. This trip includes board rental, lesson, airfare, hotel accommodations, meals and travel insurance. The second place fundraiser in the student category will receive a surfboard signed by Dean Randazzo himself. This fundraising category was recently expanded to include middle school students and is open to all surfers and virtual fundraisers 12-years-old to 18-years-old currently enrolled in high school or middle school.
Not a surfer? Anyone can still help out by becoming a virtual surfer and fundraising on behalf of the foundation and joining in our event festivities. Spectators are welcome and to come out and watch the surfing, which will be followed by an after party at 4 p.m. presented by Ventura’s Greenhouse which is open to the public. Tickets to the after party only are $25.
Surfing contest entries are $50 per division, $15 for each additional division, and includes a ticket to the after party. Entries are free for grom boys, 11 years old and younger and gromette girls, 12 years old and younger, divisions. There are also divisions for longboard and standup paddleboard. Anyone who raises $75 will receive a Surf It Forward hat and sticker. All entries include a Surf For A Cause T-shirt and a ticket to the after party.
Surfers are required to check-in between 7-8 a.m. the day of the event and the first heat begins at 8 a.m.
Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners in each of the the following age divisions: groms 11 and younger, gromettes 12 and younger, boys 12-14, junior mens 15-17, men’s 18-24, masters men 25-34, legends 45 and older, girls 13-15, womens 16 and older, open longboard and open stand-up paddleboard.
Again this year, the foundation will also partner with the Heart of Surfing Foundation to work with special needs children and teach them to surf at Surf for A Cause.
Alison Dannenhower and her brother, former foundation president Paul Giunta will be honored by the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation. They are the owners of Shore True Value Hardware in Somers Point which was recently devastated by a fire. Shore True Value hardware has been a consistent sponsor of almost every DRCF event for many years.
“Alison and Paul have given so much to this organization, with their multiple sponsorships, donations and service. We want to honor them and Shore True Value Hardware as they are going through a tough time,” said foundation president Mark Zappone of Linwood.
The foundation is named for Dean Randazzo, New Jersey’s most successful professional surfer, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the height of his career in 2001 and formed the organization to support others diagnosed with cancer in need of financial assistance.
Please note that all registrations and sponsorships are considered donations and will not be refunded in the event of inclement weather or lack of waves on the event date.
Sponsorships and raffle items are still being accepted. Contact Dan Cellucci at firstname.lastname@example.org. See thedrcf.org for information.