MANASQUAN — Enjoying a sunny Sunday after a 24-hour weather postponement, Big Sea Day drew hundreds of participants to a full schedule of beachfront events. The day began with a 7 a.m. surfing competition among more than 200 participants on Inlet Beach and ended with a 9 p.m. “Manasquan Idol” talent contest. Local surfers also gave a free hour-long surf lesson for beginners. Children enjoyed a fishing competition at the Inlet, each of them receiving a new fishing pole from the Manasquan Fishing Club. On the Main Beach, a Tug ‘O War competition included teams from the Manasquan Fire Department, Manasquan First Aid and Tourism Commission, The Osprey Hotel and the Manasquan Lifeguards. The Osprey Hotel team took top honors. The postponement to Sunday was announced late Friday by Erik Ertle, Manasquan’s beach and recreation superintendent. Referring to the weather outlook, Mr. Ertle said, “Saturday looks to be iffy and Sunday looks much, much better.” All events, including the canoe/kayak races at Stockton Lake and a cookout on Main Beach, were held on Sunday, as was a sand castle building contest, open to all ages.

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