Surfing in Sea Isle City, Cape May County

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My nephew Matt, a real estate agent in Sea Isle City and local surfer has this to say:  ” This morning I paddled for the 5th time in the new year.  The waves this winter have been absolutely firing.  December and January have produced better swell than any other two month period in recent memory.  ”

Matt’s recommendation for anyone who is interested in surfing Cape May County, is to buy winter gear and lose all expectations of this happening in July.  Typically the waves go flat through the summer, but you can expect great potential starting in September.  However this year has been freakishly active since early December.  “You absolutely need the best and most durable winter attire to not freeze your ass off.”  Matt always suggests supporting your local surf shop.   Heritage Surf and Sport at 37th and Landis Ave. in Sea Isle City is where he has been going for almost 20 years.”

Matt’s next recommendation for surfing anytime anywhere is to be in proper shape.  “I feel people that have never surfed, assume they have to focus on leg strength or balance, surfing is actually 95% paddling.  If you wanted to prepare to surf well, you should focus on:  upper body strength, core strength, and cardio, and that will best prepare you for the first lesson.

Cape May County is feast or famine for swell through out the year.    When I asked Matt where the best spot is to surf here, he responded, “JFK Airport and go straight to Central America.”   Matt is not always enthusiastic about New Jersey surfing, generally.  As we have been so busy lately assisting customers, Matt is extremely grateful to get some play time in and take a break here and there.    “Bearing the cold water is a small price to pay to have that kind of fun.”

Please leave comments and any questions you may have.   Thanks!




Now that the holidays are behind us, next on the agenda in the land of milk and honey is the notorious Polar Bear Plunge and Run Walk for Autism.    Everybody knows how these event grow in size every year.   And, with each new year, the events are enhanced with new ideas making them more safe, more successful and more fun.  Here is everything you need to know:

Registration is available for the plunge in three Methods:

Online, by mail and in person (Friday 2-15-19 from Noon to 9 pm and Saturday 2-16-19 from 8 am to 1 pm in the tent outside La Costa Lounge).

Custom Contest Registration can be done online at: and in person Saturday from 10 am to Noon in the registration tent – Judging will be at noon to 1:30 pm in the Main tent outside the Lounge.

Emcee for all events will be Jim Bennett.

Registration for the Prince & Princess, King & Queen contest is online, by mail and in person prior to Friday 2-15-19 by 5 pm with the money that you raised for the “Polar Bear Run Walk for Autism”.  P & P Contest starts at 7 pm under the Main Tent-K & Q Contest starts at 9 pm at the Deck Bar.

Registration for the “Run Walk for Autism” onsite will be Saturday 2-16-19 from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 2-17-19 from 9 am to 11:45 am in the tent outside La Costa.   Online registration is provided at

 The Jitney will be running as follows:   Friday 6 pm to 4 am Saturday 10 am to 4 am and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

Vendor tent will be on JFK Blvd.

Fralinger String Band will lead all plungers down JFK Blvd for the official start of the 2019 Polar Plunge — gotta love this!

Security for this special weekend will be provided by the SIC POLICE, BEACH PATROL, and AMBULANCE CORPS, NJ STATE POLICE – Marine Unit, UPPER TOWNSHIP COLD WATER RESCUE TEAM, J & J Investigations, Riley Investigative Services and the Cape May County Dept. of Health.   There will be VIP MARSHALLS assisting with directions to the Plunge Area.

We recommend all people involved to be aware of the signs of Hypothermia (confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, drowsiness, bright red cold skin and very low energy).

Music at La Costa will be as follows:

Friday-8 pm – Deck BarTHE INSIDERS

              9 pm Hosting the King & Queen Contest

              10 pm to 2 am – LoungeTHE ROCKETS

Saturday – 11 am to 3 pm – Front Tent –   FUNZALUV

                    3 pm to 7 pm – Main Tent –  THE INSIDERS

                    7 pm to 11 pm – Main Tent –  MATT MCPHERSON

                   3 pm to 7 pm – Front Tent – LEGACY

                    10 am to 11 pm – Deck Tent –  DJ

                     2 pm to 6 pm – LoungeTHE ROCKETS

                     7 pm to 11 pm – LoungeSPLIT DECISION

                    11 pm to 2 am – LoungeFISH OUT OF WATER

Sunday – 3 pm to 7 pm – LoungeTHE INSIDERS

                    7 pm to 11 pm – Lounge:  ANDREW JUDE BAND

3rd Annual Cornhole League (baggo) Tournament

Under the Main Tent starting at 3 pm

Information is available at or

Music at Lobster Loft (Oar House):

Friday – 9 pm to 1 am – PHILLY ROCK & SOUL

Saturday  – 7 pm to 11 pm – FUNZALUV

AGAIN FOR 2019 – Polar Plunge Passes

Visit: for more information

Tent Locations

Front Tent – along Landis Ave. (Front of Pkg Goods)

Deck Bar – just as it says

Main Tent – along JFK Blvd side of complex

Lounge – as it states inside La Costa

Highlights of Run Walk for Autism

Over 2,000 participants are expected to this 5K Run/1 mile Fun Walk on the promenade in Sea Isle.   There will be trophies for all age group winners in men’s, women’s and children’s division.     Win a restaurant gift certificate to one of the best restaurants in town like Basilico’s, La Fontana, Deauville Inn, Andrea Trattoria and of course Mikes Dock!  Win awesome Eagles, Flyers, 76ers & Phillies tickets.   Look forward to seeing your there!

For a little polar plunge history, please see my blog:

For all you die hard PBPers who never miss the event, this year will be the last of its kind at the LaCosta Complex.   As many of you know,  the property has been sold.     The sale was subject to an existing lease which ends after summer 2019.    Live it up one last time at LaCosta’s as we know it.   I plan to attend the zoning board hearing and will report anything I learn about what is planned for the future.