The best surfers from around the area will compete in the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation’s 14th annual Surf for a Cause Saturday, Sept. 6 at Decatur Avenue beach, presented by Cape Islands Bedding and Restoration.
Registration is now open will only be conducted online this year through noon Thursday, Sept. 4. There will be no beach registration. Register here.
The contest has 11 divisions and trophies and prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place in each division. Entries are $30 per division and include an event T-shirt and one ticket to the after party. Entries for additional divisions are $15 each. Entries are free for Grom Boys, 11 years and younger and Grom Girls, 12 years and younger, divisions.
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. The surfing will be following by an after party 4 p.m. at Ventura’s Greenhouse.
This event was the first held in 2001 to benefit Dean Randazzo, of Atlantic City, New Jersey’s most successful surfer who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the height of his career.
Randazzo told the national media at the U.S. Open of Surfing in 2001 in Huntington Beach, Calif. that he was diagnosed with cancer. Randazzo made it his mission to help others through a non-profit cancer foundation and with the help of its first president and current Trustee Adam Walcoff, the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation was established Sept. 5, 2001 and the inaugural Surf for a Cause was held 10 days later raising $20,000 and concluding with a barbecue in the backyard of Dean’s mother, Mary Lou Randazzo’s home.
Since then, the Surf for a Cause has raised more than $100,000 for cancer research and has become an informal annual reunion of friends and family and those whose lives were affected by cancer.