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Visit Ocean County Spot

Over the last few years, I have been getting my hands into some video work. After seeing our mini-documentary series, Just Beneath the Surface, Ocean County's Office of Tourism and Business Development hired myself and Oak Leaf Media to create a video spot for the county. We were very excited to take on this project.

We took a couple of days this summer and put together something that really shows the best of Ocean County. Our models were awesome. Brie Fagan and Dave Ambrose especially were troopers. Archie even made a cool cameo at Jenk's Aquarium. 

I think this is just the start of where we can go when government offices and commerce organizations look to locals to really tell the story and give a sense of place. 

Oak Leaf Media for Ocean County

Red Bull Switchboard

Deep crew. Kyle Arcomano/Red Bull.

Since I started snowboarding, it was always very deeply tied to surfing and skating. Even though I've always been merely average at all three, I've has this fascination with the crossover - surfing a big north swell at Holyoke in the morning and running up to the Poconos for the twilight session, hiking a hit in Northern California and then checking the jetty at Humboldt before dark, riding at Whistler one day and then making the trek out to Vancouver Island to surf the next. I love it.

So I was fairly excited when Red Bull asked me to work with them on Switchboard, an event that involved surfing in Asbury and riding Mountain Creek... in the same day. And while we're at it, why not skate the bowl at Fourth Union? (Thanks Uncle Derek.) Unlike so many events that are designed to spotlight the elite, this was all about a bucket list experience that anyone could enjoy.

Red Bull Switchboard 2017: Asbury Park, NJ from Foreword Films on Vimeo.

Yep, the surf was ridiculously flat last Saturday when we all met on the beach (23 degrees - nice touch, New Jersey) so we had a few hearty souls jump in the drink for effect. My bud, Dave Werner is a very good sport.

Werner, good sport. Good at a lot of sports too. Kyle Arcomano/Red Bull.

We skated the bowl and then headed up to Mountain Creek, where I learned to ride over two decades ago. I helped direct the content with photographer Kyle Arcomano and Foreword Films.

While this was based at the college demographic in California for a few years, in New Jersey it was everyone from awesome Dads with kids to pro surfers. Every got in some laps, a few surf turns and messed around in the park before all the high fives and hot waffles at the base. Great time, great people.

And they used this old man's blunt stall as the feature image at RedBulll.com with my story, which is hysterical.

Check my stories at Eastern Surf Magazine.

All photos Kyle Arcomano/Red Bull

Coen blunt. Kyle Arcomano/Red Bull.
Rob Kelly. Kyle Arcomano/Red Bull.
Morning surf (attempt.) Kyle Arcomano/Red Bull.

Punk Rock Bowling preview, The Aquarian


After weeks of work preparing for the Hop Sauce Festival here on LBI last weekend, I am pumped to just go enjoy Punk Rock Bowling this weekend in Asbury Park. Who's playing? Ah.... just The Descendants, Dag Nasty, Agnostic Front, Flag, H2O, The Slackers, 88 Fingers Louie, and my boys The Scandals. Damn, this is going to be a good weekend. For a complete guide, check the advance I wrote up for The Aquarian. I'm told there's bowling too.

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 Magazine included Daley in this year's Who Da Guy Issue, #168, August, 2015. I really appreciate surfers like Daley who know a thing or two about hard work in the real world.

"You know that ace on the surf trip? He’s not a pro, but he rips. He’s the good-looking one, but you never catch him in the mirror. He’s got a six-pack and sculpted pecs, but you don’t see him exercising. When the surf is firing, he puts himself into the slot of the day. And when it’s shithouse, he somehow finds the speed in mushy lines to crush crumbly lips. He gets friendly with the boat driver and somehow manages to nab a Spanish mackerel on the way back in. He never gets sunburned or spends a night barfing/shitting out some third world bacteria. Between his grasp of the language and natural disposition, he hits it off with the local ladies or some Euro backpackers. He knows exactly what to order at the bar in any country, but always holds his drink. And by the end of the night, he’s teaching a local Bad Religion chords on guitar, entertaining everyone in the room. You want to hate him and his mustache, but in this case, you have to love him. That guy is Brigantine’s Tim Daley."

Tim Daley by Michael Murphy for ESM

Read the full Who Da Guy profile on Tim Daley in ESM.

Jetty Summer '15 Shoot

Our good friends at Jetty have just released their Summer 2015 campaign featuring shoots from Barbados and The Keys. We are extremely excited about Jetty's summer gear and the work that Creative Director, John Clifford did with these images.

Ann Coen for Jetty

We could not have done it without our good friends Jessica Williams, Barry and Christie Banfield at Barry's Surf School Barbados and their good natured instructors, Jordan Heaselgrave, Daniel Edgehill, and Mathew Kieffer as well as Barry, Nicole, and James Baxter.

Check out Jetty's Spring/Summer line.

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 State of the State Address, they banded with other activists to get the word out to the national media that New Jersey has some more work to do. I got to write about and shoot the event today for The SandPaper which is running the story as breaking news. (Yes, I was next to CNN's Dana Bash with a GoPro...)

Activist Jim Keady

"Caught in the Act" Wrap Up

The first artist reception at the Ann Coen Gallery is in the books. It was an insane week of painting, planting, power washing, preparing, and hanging our first ever show Caught in the Act. But it was also a pleasure to spend time with such a legendary and humble photographer in Ken Salerno.

“The Pope,” as he is known here, still won’t let us refer to him as an artist, but his documentation of the punk and hardcore scene in New Jersey going back over 30 years was truly amazing. Shown in conjunction with Steve Tozzi’s “Riot on the Dance Floor: The story of City Gardens and Randy Now,” at the Lighthouse International Film Festival, we are very grateful of how many who came to see the film also checked out Salerno’s work. We're thankful for Randy who helped promote the exhibit and want to congratulate Tozzi on a fantastic New Jersey premiere. Caught in the Act will hang through Thursday, June 12 and we will have digital files available upon request for the rest of the summer. Please contact the gallery if you are interested in purchasing one of the limited prints or skate decks.

City Gardens by Salerno

"Burned Out" feature in Surfer Magazine

Starting the new year right. In 1987 I got a subscription to Surfer Magazine From junior high through college and beyond, I would read every article – most of them twice. The articles in “The Bible of the Sport” at that time helped shape my life. This month, I’m stoked to have my first ever feature in Surfer. It was, however, an unfortunate event that got me the assignment. On September 12 of 2013, the Seaside Park and Heights Boardwalks became a raging inferno just as they were in the midst of rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. This feature is about the history and mystique of Seaside, its importance to the economy, all of New Jersey’s common connection to this town, Sandy, the rebuild effort, and the fire. I just hope I did them justice in telling the story. There are some fantastic photos by Ben Currie, Ryan Miller, Ray Hallgreen, and Ryan Struck. The article is on page 74 of the February 2014 issue of Surfer Mag, on shelves now. Or you can subscribe to Surfer Mag’s digital edition.