“Dean “The Jersey Devil” Randazzo at age 11, cut out of a surfing magazine the address and phone # to the A.S.P. (association of surfing professionals) because, he knew that one day he would need to contact the professional tour. Born and raised in Atlantic City, N.J., He grew up surfing the East Coast. Dean began competing at age 11 and won his very first contest on a board that had more duct tape than fiberglass.
In 1989 he moved to California as an amateur and then turned pro in 1990. His performance in the 1990 Cold Water Classic hailed rave revues from the likes of Derek Hynd (well known critic), comparing Dean to “an early 80’s Elkerton” and to the likes of Tom Curren (world champion at that time). He qualified for the elite WCT tour in 1996 after some strong results on the WQS tour. In 2001, Dean was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a form of cancer. He formed the Dean Randazzo Cancer foundation in 2001 and has been an avid spokesperson for cancer awareness and research. His foundation has raised well over $300,000.00 dollars through annual fund raising events. Now, known as the “Lance Armstrong of surfing”. His bout with cancer has fueled an amazing come back and is an inspiration for thousands. Dean’s long list of accomplishments and his no-holds barred surfing style have rightfully earned him the nicknames “The Dazzler” and the “Jersey Devil”. It’s been written that Dean Randazzo is one of the best surfers to walk the face of the earth, a virtual living legend that put New Jersey on the surfing map!”