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While most of the Jersey Shore was off to a sleepy start this morning, returning staff and a few new faces turned up for the first of two tryout dates for the 2015 Summertime Surf Staff Team.

The water temp has warmed up a bit since last week, but it was not quite over 60F.  Air temp was somewhere in the upper 60’s, light SW wind, 2-3ft surf and just about a 4ft+ High tide to make the run just a little more interesting.  (When it’s high tide, you’re doing the run in pretty soft sand, usually on a slope.)

While the tryout is more pass/fail than contest, there is definitely some friendly competition and motivation to place as high as possible, especially with the top 5 finishers getting hooked up by Bing’s Deli in Avon for some caloric replenishment.

Thanks @curlyshirley63 for tagging us in the photo of the boards we used for the blog cover and as always, The Belmar Lifeguards for making sure everyone stays safe.

Thanks to everyone who came out and gave it their all and congrats to everyone who completed the 1.5 Mile Beach Run, 1.0 Mile Prone Paddle and .5 Mile Swim!

Here are the results of the top finishers under the goal time of 60 minutes:

Place Name Time
1 Mark Gilmartin 41:40
2 Bryan Foley 44:10
3 ThomasWolfmuller 44:18
4 Gil Olsen 47:14
5 Alex Johnson 47:53
6 Colin McNamara 48:50
7 Conor DeCastro 50:21
8 Shaun McGrath 51:37
9 Brad Squicciarini 52:20
10 Chris Kinsel 54:58
11 Mike Shapiro 55:30
12 Rob Caldera 55:30
13 Bailey Redy 55:32
14 Jeff Hoffman 55:32
15 Tyler Redy 55:32
16 Connor Cusack 56:17
17 John Oppito 56:28
18 Seth Queen 59:40

See you next week for round 2!

Learn more about the tryout , or apply online here or simply show up and blow up next week- 9AM at 3rd Ave in Belmar.



“This was the most intense workout I’ve done since high school.”  John Oppito- Year 1


“The Summertime Surf tryout is a true test of a candidate’s shred-ability skills.” – Connor DeCastro- Year 3