We have a great community here on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. It’s a strange place, though, that seems to fall into that “Central” part of the “Jersey Shore”. Sandwiched between Seaside to our north and Atlantic City to the south, it’s safe to say we’ve somehow developed a separate culture from the other regions along the coast. Nothing captures the way of life here on LBI better than the Clam Jam.
Now in its 5th year, the annual competition is run grassroots-style just like the local company who puts it on, Jetty. Random teams are selected using clamshells with the name of each of the 128 competitors on them. One team member is over the median age while one is under. This promotes community and introduces all of us to new surfers – young and old, no matter how long we’ve surfed on LBI.
Once the teams are set and the bracket is made, it’ll change a few hundred times while we wait for the perfect fall day to host the event. An entire day of waves is needed to get through every heat from round one through the finals.