LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ — There is an inspiring story behind the recent 10th Annual Coquina Jam, a women’s team surf competition and fundraiser that benefits David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation.
The foundation's leadership wrote the following letter of gratitude to the surfing contest organizers, including surf and skate apparel maker Jetty.
This past Thursday morning, Jetty CEO Jeremy DeFilippis hand-delivered a check for $15,085.94 to our office in Manahawkin. By Friday morning, David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation wrote checks totaling $15,085.94 for seven local females battling a cancer diagnosis. We are always grateful for the LBI region community, and Coquina Jam is a beautiful reminder of what can be accomplished when we all work together for the greater good.
Thank you to our #JettyFam, presenting sponsor Hackensack Meridian Health-Southern Ocean Medical Center, surfers, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, beach-goers, Long Beach Township, Long Beach Township Police Department and Long Beach Township Beach Patrol for your continued support of our mission as "a beacon of hope.
This year, the contest was held on July 29, with 48 females ranging in age from 10 to 65 in the water for the first heat at 9 a.m. to compete through the bracket-style surf tournament. Participants were paired randomly after being separated into two age pools.
Morgan Iglay, an individual and team surfing champion at Manasquan High School who captured her first Coquina win in 2017, defended her title partnering with Sammy Jo Alvarez. They were able to outscore the teams of Jamie Dewitt and Carly Coble, and first-timers Steph Mags and Mia Gallagher.
“It’s all about celebrating female surfing and raising money for a great cause. I thought this one was our best to date and we’ll build on that momentum”, said Jetty CEO Jeremy DeFilippis.
Hackensack Meridian Health-Southern Ocean Medical Center was this year’s presenting sponsor, while many businesses contributed to the event's success.