Surf and Art Festival celebrates Manasquan’s surf culture

Jesse Raymon showed off his "Sultry Surf Boards" at Saturday's show, presented by the Manasquan Chamber of Commerce. CHRISTIN NICE / THE COAST STAR
MANASQUAN — Residents gathered to celebrate Manasquan’s surf culture during the first annual Surf and Art Festival on July 15, an event presented by the Manasquan Chamber of Commerce. While the event’s surfboard decorating contest began last summer, the festival itself is a new addition to Mansaquan’s ever-growing roster of summer events, paying homage to the shore town’s historic surf culture. “We are a surf town,” said Kathy Weston, owner of Weston Co. in Manasquan and a vendor at the festival.  “People come here just for this very reason, so why not celebrate it? I’m actually proud to be a part of it.” The festival brought together 25 local vendors, as well as three food vendors and local musicians, on Saturday, July 15, according to event organizer Kris Kopsaftis, owner of NJ Surf Show. “It looks like we’re going to be fairly successful,” Mr. Kopsaftis said, adding that he hopes to be back next year with an even larger surf festival. “We’re trying to build it incrementally so hopefully it can be a really big annual event.” Noah DeSibio and Kv Haghighi, surfers from Manasquan, stopped by the festival to kill time while they waited for the next swell while Jack Conway, of Manasquan, said he stopped by to browse the vendors. “It’s such a fun town,” he said. This year’s winning surfboard came from Rad Cakes Shirts, with a floral theme and plants spilling out of a cut out in the board.

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