This year, we've explored the secrets of the Pine Barrens, chased swell with LBI surfers, got a look at the life of a bartender, got invited into some unique homes, jumped on the striped bass blitz, captured some lifeguard action, paddled the bay, and learned about our shipwreck history.
Of course, the Swells and Shipwreck episode is particularly close to my heart. And we had a lot of support form the surf community on this one, specifically the photogs and videographers.
Episodes One, Two, and Three are all online at JustBeneaththeSurfaceNJ.com We have one more episode that we are premiering at the Ship Bottom Brewery, Friday, September 29 at 8 p.m. Hope you can all make it. Find us on Facebook. Sharing these videos enables us to keep going.
For the past several months I have worked with my longtime friend Mark Tesi of Togetherness Agency on the launch of Parker's Garage & Oyster Saloon, an exciting new restaurant on Long Beach Island.
As Parker's Garage is a throwback to the Golden Age of Beach Haven, Mark had the brilliant idea of a marketing campaign that utilized historic imagery of "The Queen City" and Ellis Parker, a bayman who opened a restaurant/engine repair shop on the Beach Haven waterfront.
The rollout included six weeks of historic photos compliments of the New Jersey Maritime Museum that tell the story Parker's. My part included web and social media copy around the launch.
Of course, the product is the real selling point and the Nugent and Magaziner families, with Chef Kyle Baddorf, have outdone themselves with this place. The offerings from the kitchen and raw bar are nothing short of amazing.
I've particularly enjoyed this project because of my love for local history and the fact that my grandfather was a commercial "pound" fisherman and I have some knowledge of how these operations, like the one in Beach Haven. Check it out when you're in Beach Haven.
This is big. Got my first feature in The Surfer's Journal 12 pages entitled "Last Chance Power Drive," in Volume 20-3, page 108. It represents an awful lot of my career so far and let me weave in some of my personal history. Read the feature.
Photos by Ryan Miller, Rich McMullin, Mez, Trevor Moran, Ryan Struck, and Seth Stafford.