MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Boardriders Club [MBRC] is gearing up for its 25th Annual Manasquan Classic Longboard Contest, this year inviting a new generation to participate in the sport’s oldest form.
The contest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Manasquan Inlet Beach.
The club has added three new divisions this year — the Menehunes [10 and under]; the Sand Fleas [11 to 12 years]; and the Groms [13 to 15 years]. Each children’s division — open to both boys and girls — will use a soft-top longboard, which is a board that is 3 feet over the surfer’s head, with a leash.
“Our feeling was that we added older groups to the contest last year, and in light of that … maybe we should talk about the next generations,” said Bob Duerr, president of the MBRC.
According to Mr. Duerr, the club held a soft-top rodeo for kids over the summer, and it was a huge success.
The kids will be the only ones using soft-top longboards at the Classic, however. The rest of the field, which is split into eight divisions — Junior Men’s [up to 17 years old], Junior Women’s [up to 17 years old], Men’s [18 to 48 years old], Women’s [18 to no limit], Clown [open], Tandem [open], AARP [Open, ages 50 to 59] and Grand Legends [open, 60 and up] — are required to ride pre-1967 longboards that “are heavy, old school shapes that demand agility and strength to ride them,” according to a press release.
The cost to enter is $35 [$45 on the day of the contest] and includes a t-shirt, the Post Contest Celebration meal, door prizes and MBRC inclusion.
Entry forms are available at www.MBRC.club/classic — the entries still must be mailed in.
All proceeds from the event go to the operating cost of the MBRC, with any excess funds donated to local nonprofit organizations, according to Mr. Duerr.
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