1. Jon's Commercial Work

    Jon puts his storytelling and journalism to use with numerous marketing departments.

  2. The Race of Gentlemen Gallery

    The Race of Gentlemen, Wildwood, New Jersey, October 2014.

  3. Film Projects

    In addition to his journalism, Jon has directed, hosted, co-directed and scripted several video and film projects.


  1. Interview with Travis Rice on "The Fourth Phase."

    Last week, I got a one-on-one interview with Travis Rice in LA, on the day of the premiere of his latest film "The Fourth Phase." I hesitate to call this a "snowboard" film because it's so much more. Rice and crew studied, followed, and rode the…

  2. Salty Dog Cruise for Inked Magazine

    Last Saint Patrick's Day, I set sail with a few thousand punk rock misfits and Irish hooligans aboard the Salty Dog Cruise - Flogging Molly's annual voyage out of Miami to the Bahamas with an amazing lineup. Three straight days of seeing Rancid in a…

  3. 7 Days GrindTV, Dominican Republic

    I have traveled all over the Caribbean and Central America, but I had never been to the Dominican Republic In June, I finally had the opportunity to visit this country for GrindTV.

  4. Venice Skate Doc to Be Shown in Asbury, GrindTV

    When we first started surfing and skating the Casino Skate Park in Asbury Park in the 90s, it was a different kind of town. And when we saw the "Dogtown and Z Boys"

  5. Online Release of "Just Beneath the Surface"

    This is a day I have really been anticipating. I am very excited to release Episode One of "Just Beneath the Surface," the mini-documentary focusing on the Long Beach Island Region. I worked with the extremely talented Oak Leaf Media…

  6. 'Cedars Dreams' for The Beachcomber

    Harvey Cedars has long held a special place in my heart. As a kid, it represented independence, getting away from the beach my family went to and discovering waves were bigger and broke harder. This is a Harvey Cedars retrospective for The Beachcomber's

  7. BANE - The Final Philly show

    This is not my work, but definitely worth posting. The legendary hardcore band Bane played Philly for the last time on May 6 and May 7 of this year. They have been a shining light of positivity and inspiration in the hardcore scene, a band you can pop in…

  8. The Frozen Few for Inked

    In 2013, I covered The Race of Gentlemen a throwback vintage motorcycle and hot rod race on the beaches of Wildwood by the Oilers Car Club for Inked Magazine. Well, Mel Stultz and his closest group of maniacs has taken their show to the next level, racing

  9. Punk Rock Bowling preview, The Aquarian

  10. The Cold War for ESM

    Last week, I had the opportunity to announce The Cold War surf contest in Asbury Park. It really was the culmination of an amazing NY/NJ surf community, stellar event production, next level surfing, and the rebirth of Asbury Park. Directors Timmy…

  11. Crested Butte for GrindTV

    It had been a while since we were back in the Rockies, but in January we did a weeklong adventure to Crested Butte, Colorado. The first days we got dumped on, then days of bluebird skies, then another snowfall.. . and no one there. And Archie stole our…

  12. Pipe Masters Preview

    Admittedly, I am not much of a sports fan. No Sunday football in our house; no fantasy teams. Not even soccer like all my punk friends. And baseball can pretty much suck it. But if there is one event of the year I watch, it's the Pipe Masters. I covered…

  13. Medina, Tyler Warren and John John for Surfing Life Japan

    Earlier this year I did a feature on Gabriel Medina, Tyler Warren and John John Florence's boards, talking to Jon Pyzel, Johnny Cabana, and Warren about shapes for Surfing Life Japan…

  14. Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!

    We've been listening to Against Me! since they broke out of the Gainesville scene with Reinventing Axle Rose, 13 years ago. I remember seeing them at the First Unitarian Church in Philly in 2003. Then in 2012, former frontman Tom Gable came out in a…

  15. Curren Caples on Trestles Pro for Monster Children

    By now, you have likely seen Kelly Slater's bizzaro sorta flyaway air-reverse that he sorta landed at the Hurley Pro Trestles. The event only has one more day to finish up, but they're on a third lay day in a row. In fact, I am in San Clemente now. I…

  16. Red Bull Surf and Rescue Mini Doc

    When I was a little kid, my father was still lifeguarding, so I was around the beach a lot. I started surfing at about 13 and for the next 20 years, lifeguards were little more than another inconvenience between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But the last…

  17. Joe Sib feature for Huck

    Joe Sib is the co-founder of Side One Dummy Records, the guys who have put out record by 7 Seconds, the Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Casualties, and Title Fight, and are still releasing amazing work from Pup,

  18. Fish Taco Enjoys Its Day in the Sun

    I have always loved writing about food. This recent feature that appears in the Food and Drink Issue of the Beachcomber, edited by my friend Victoria Ford, (out now) was particularly fun."In the mid 2000’s, they became all the culinary rage with…

  19. Chuck Ragan: Hard Times to Hot Water Music

    For the last 18 years of my life, few things have influenced me as much as Hot Water Music and the solo folk career of Chuck Ragan I've been fortunate enough to hang out with him on several occasions and also interview him.

  20. The Gaslight Anthem, Sound Select, The Aquarian

    Been working with The Gaslight Anthem and Brian Fallon on a few projects with Red Bull Sound Select. Part of that was covering the Gaslight Anthem as they hand picked their opening bands at Irving Plaza on July 27: Frances & The Foundation, the Scandals…

  21. "Paddle Against the Flow" book

    For the book they selected quotes from my interviews with influential street artist, Shep Fairey and Fugazi/Minor Threat frontman, Ian McKay. Needless to say, both of these guys were pretty inspirational to me. It also features tidbits from Mark…

  22. "Live Faisst, Die Last" Ronnie Faisst for Inked

    One of the coolest parts of my job is that I get to interview some serious badasses. This was particularly fun because Freestyle Motocross pioneer Ronnie Faisst is originally from South Jersey. I actually met Faisst back in 2006 while covering a winter X…

  23. Mikala Jones for the Outdoor Journal

    I had the opportunity to work with Hawaiian surfer Mikala Jones on a full ten-page feature for The Outdoor Journal…

  24. Reverend Horton Heat for Inked

    Fans of rockabilly, surf guitar, punkabilly, etc… will be into this. I got to interview the Reverend Horton Heat for the current (Feb 2014, #61, the Pinup Issue) Inked Magazine. You can read the full interview here. The Rev talked about his new album…

  25. A Year After Sandy feature, NPR

    October 29, obviously a heavy day remembering what happened a year ago. Tracey Samuelson of WHYY, the NPR affiliate in Philly has covered the aftermath very well. Her one-year-anniversary piece specifically deals with the Jetty + Waves for Water LBI…

  26. Transworld Surf 100 Greatest Waves book

    For the past six years, I was a contributor to Transworld Surf Magazine Sadly, the mag was bought out and folded this summer. Fortunately, they did get their “Transworld Surf 100 Greatest Waves” book published. It’s a fun read and loaded with unreal image

  27. "Riot" Review In The Aquarian

    Some of the very first punk shows I went to were at City Gardens in Trenton. This hole-in-the-wall holds a special place in my heart. And this year, the venue that has been shuttered for 20 years finally got some of the credit it deserves in Steve…

  28. Sincerely Sandy for Huck Mag

    I wrote this story that originally ran in July, Huck Magazine #39, the Sofia Coppola issue, but it just made its online debut. I wrote this piece just before summer, hoping to remind the world of all the issues we still face from Sandy. Over a year…

  29. Gaslight Anthem's Fallon Comes Clean

    “The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon Comes Clean” is my latest and most in-depth work with TGA frontman, Brian Fallon. The story also appears in the December issue of The Red Bulletin. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with this band since 2007…

  30. Hot Water Music, Asbury Lanes

  31. The Last Grudge Match Ever in ESM

    I’ve had the opportunity to cover every Smith Optics Garden State Grudge Match since 2002. Rob Cloupe, who I have known since I was a kid, came up with this progression-oriented, man-on-man, winner-take-all event and saw it through during a very…

  32. "Burned Out" feature in Surfer Magazine

    Starting the new year right. In 1987 I got a subscription to Surfer Magazine…

  33. Right Coast Tattoo for Inked Mag

    It feels good to cover someone right in our own town for an international magazine. It was also a bit like the old times with Ann Marie and I working on a feature together. The November issue of Inked Magazine has my feature with Ann’s photos on Dan…

  34. Secret Garden article "Riot on the Dance Floor," Inked

    "Even if you never saw Operation Ivy play at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, you’re still aware of the stories. Everyone has heard of LA’s Roxy Theatre, if only from the live Social D and Bob Marley albums recorded there. Mabuhay Gardens, the 9:30…

  35. Northeast Slab, Mens Journal

    In terms of the surfing world, especially the East Coast, this major news. Thanks to Red Bull, I took part in a swell chase mission in the Northeast with my friends Sam Hammer and Mike Gleason…

  36. "Culture Thieves," Asbury Park

    Eastern Surf Magazine asked me to pen this piece on the recent controversy in Asbury Park…

  37. RB Music Academy Interview with Brian Fallon

    Photos by Ann Coen

  38. Bouncing Souls, Scandals, Court Tavern

    The Bouncing Souls first played the Court Tavern in 1989 (no one remembers the exact date.) Well, the boys came back to rock New Brunswick's famously unfamous venue again last week, 25 years later, as part of Red Bull Sound Select.

  39. Interview with the Blacklist Royals in ESM

    Indie rock and even punk has skewed a bit in the Americana direction lately — or at least towards some approximation of it circa the “Stand By Me” era. And while some musicians just dig posting photos of their old-school haircuts on Instagram, some…

  40. As Told By Danny Clinch, Huck

    Toms River/NYC photog Danny Clinch just released his latest photo book edited by our friend Tim Donnelly entitled "Still Moving." I got to do some moving with Clinch last year when he drove me to his studio in Hell's Kitchen. On the ride, he told me the…

  41. Sandy Survivors Won't "Sit down and Shut up" for Christie

    Today was a great opportunity to watch democracy in action. A dedicated group of people from coastal communities went to tell Chris Christie to "Finish the Job," of helping them get home 26 months after Superstorm Sandy uprooted their lives. Before the…

  42. "Lost and Rootless" Tim Barry review, ESM

    Ok, so maybe this is an excuse to post the new Tim Barry video for "The James" that Archie and I watch now every night when I put him to bed. But I was fortunate enough to review the whole album...

  43. Jetty Summer '15 Shoot

    Our good friends at Jetty have just released their Summer 2015 campaign featuring…

  44. Surf Break Cancer in Transworld

    My recent piece “Surf Break Cancer” is on page 42 of the August, 2013 issue of Transworld Surf Magazine. You can also read it at Transworldsurf. com…

  45. "Digital Dynamite" Feature for ESM

    For issue 158 of Eastern Surf Magazine, I was assigned an article on just how many surf photographers our state has produced in recent years…

  46. Who Da Guy: Tim Daley

    In early 2014 I was invited by my buds at Jetty to get on a Nicaragua trip to gather marketing content for the coming year. It was non stop laughs the whole time. I also got to spend some real time with team rider, Tim Daley of Brigantine. Eastern Surf…

  47. NJ Feature in the Surfers Journal

    This is big. Got my first feature in The Surfer's Journal…

  48. 'Shored Up' at Lighthouse Film Fest

    “Shored Up,” the documentary on coastal engineering by Ben Kalina will open the Lighthouse International Film Festival on Thursday, June 6 at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven. Over the course of three years, I got to know Ben pretty well. They…

  49. Teahupoo Preview for World Surf League

    Two things I have to admit here:1) When I surfed Tahiti, I thought I was going to drown. Lost my board in big surf, half a mile from shore, all alone. And I never even surfed Teahu'poo...2) After covering years of WSL contests via webcast (and a few live…

  50. Jetty Fall/Winter 2015 Photoshoot

  51. Cyrus Sutton "Island Earth," Surfline

    Recently, I connected with our friend Cyrus Sutton about his latest documentary focusing on food production. It's called "Island Earth," and it's really taking a look at the nature of farming in Hawaii, where the Islands have become the test lab for…

  52. Surfing's Essential Sensations for Wavelength

    Earlier this year, I started writing for Wavelength, Europe's original surf magazine. While we were away this winter, I penned a piece about the essential feelings of surfing that was recently published at Wavelengthmag. com…

  53. Introducing "The Barnegat Bullet"

    We use the word "launched" a lot in marketing. But in this case, it's very literal. Unique and proven 4-ply laminated construction with epoxy and varnish finish, the new…

  54. The Race of Gentlemen, Inked Mag

    Last October, Ann Marie and I covered The Race of Gentlemen by the Oilers Car Club in Wildwood. The six-page feature appeared in Issue 61 of Inked Magazine, but the story just ran online this week. Racing vintage hot rods and motorcycles, it was a really…

  55. "Working Class" Jetty Nicaragua trip, ESM

    Ten years ago, I was still bartending full time in the summer and just getting my writing off the ground. I did a few stories on some young guys who had launched an apparel line. Then I started to work with them and help develop some ideas. I even shared…

  56. Bouncing Souls, Fallon, the Aquarian

    In September, Red Bull had Brooklyn Vegan curate a Sound Select Show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg that featured Brookyln’s Aye Nako and Nude Beach opening for co-headliners the Bouncing Souls and Brian Fallon. The Aquarian just got around to running

  57. Jane's Addiction for The Aquarian

    It's been 25 years since Jane's Addiction dropped "Ritual de lo Habitual," and then headlined Lollapalooza. The celebrate the silver anniversary this Friday at the Stone Pony with Dinosaur Jr. and Minus the Bear.