A Spring Lake Summer Surf Session

spring lake surf beach in new jersey

As a New Yorker, I am not supposed to be a fan of New Jersey. But truth be told,  I learned to surf at the Jersey Shore and I am a fan. My first time paddling past the break was in Spring Lake, a beach where I spent seven straight summers.  I had some good times at the shore, some real good times.

Now, no longer a shore house share participant, I still return for at least one session on the waves each summer. My good friend, fellow surfer and shore house compadre, joins me for a surf session in Spring Lake or Sea Girt every year. It is an annual pilgrimage we both enjoy. These photos are from my 2012 trip.

the boardwalk at the beach in spring lake, nj

the long boardwalk is one of the best assets of the beach in Spring Lake

surf only in new jersey

my surf board...I always enjoy some "long-boarding"

fellow surfer watching the waves (and maybe the Jersey girls too)

I realize our next trip will be different. (No) thanks to Super Storm Sandy the shape of the Jersey Shore beaches (and Long Island) has changed. And this summer, I plan to make a few trips to visit the shore communities to support them with my business (and of course paddle out to catch a few waves too). Hey, maybe I’ll even try something new, I noticed some Kite Surfing in Spring Lake last year too.

Kite Surfing at the Jersey Shore

kite surfing at the jersey shore in spring lake, nj

definitely need to try this one day...

Well maybe not yet, but either way, I hope you join me (if you are local to NYC) and head to the beaches in New York and New Jersey this summer to support the communities. And when you do go, hopefully you’ll see me on the waves.

stay adventurous, Craig

This post is part of the winter 2012-13 Beach Thursday series. Enjoy a beach post every Thursday to keep you warm all winter long.


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  • FredD

    Great stuff Craig. Can’t wait to get back down to Spring Lake this summer!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      absolutely Fred, hope to see you there… stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://twitter.com/travel_edits TravelEdits

    Hard to believe this beach is so close to….New York?!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      You can take the train… I did every summer weekend for a few years… stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    Like you, New Jersey doesn’t really hit on my radar, but I would like to visit the Jersey Shore sometime. Perhaps a visit to the new Revel in Atlantic City..

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      I’d always say come to NY, but the Jersey Shore is definitely a place I am glad I know… And I need to visit AC again, I know it has changed a lot in the last 5 years – maybe I’ll meet you there this summer… stay adventurous, Craig