About Jon Coen

I live on Long Beach Island, in the great state of New Jersey.… like, year round. Winters can be a little rough, long stretches of frozen desolation. But then there are those surreal days of soft snowfall and empty waves. Summers are crazy hectic. As the Island swells to capacity we all have to put our heads down to make coin, but our friends are all around, the island is green and the water’s blue. Of course, in between those are the blissful days when the garden is exploding and someone drops off fresh striped bass, chasing snowy barrels in the winter or blue claw crabs with my kid in the summer.
31 08, 2021

Backyard Parties for Surfline

By |August 31st, 2021|Editorial|

We are fast approaching the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. I wrote this piece for Surfline as something of a primer but then we had Hurricane Henri and sadly the mess of Hurricane Ida. Check out Backyard Parties for Surfline. We love to run around and chase swells. But for this one, my idea was to record stories off East Coasters who stayed home and scored. So I did ...

13 08, 2021

Ronnie Green for Anglers Journal

By |August 13th, 2021|Editorial|

First off, if you have any interest at all in fishing, check out Angler's Journal. It's an amazing magazine with gorgeous photography and really thoughtful stories. Green Outdoors It's actually crazy that I should pen a story for such a publication, or any fishing magazine for that matter. When they asked for my bio, I included "Jon Coen knows enough about fishing to know that he knows nothing ...

15 07, 2021

Right Coast Tattoo Move for the Sand Paper

By |July 15th, 2021|Editorial|

For the first time in 22 years, Long Beach Island does not have a tattoo shop. The town of Barnegat, however, just got a new shop with a solid legacy. Dan Binai opened Right Coast Tattoo in Ship Bottom 14 years ago. Set back from the Boulevard in one of the cut-outs, the shop flourished right along with the industry that saw massive growth from the mid-2000s. The shop had ...

13 04, 2021

NJ/NY Winter Surfing for RedBull.com

By |April 13th, 2021|Editorial|

This winter we had a great project lined up for Red Bull around winter surfing in New York and New Jersey but alas, there was a huge pandemic spike in December and there was no way to hold a live event in January. Instead we had to make the change and make this an online project. See the full piece at RedBull.com. Working with the Red Bull editors, I helped ...

8 04, 2021

Jamaican Surf Team Scores Swell and Support

By |April 8th, 2021|Editorial|

Jamaica is very much on my bucket list. I have long heard about Jamnesia, the idyllic rootsy and charmingly ramshackle beach enclave that every wander-curious surfer in the hemisphere has read about. It’s the surf camp/music venue/homestead/skate spot established many years ago by the patriarch of Jamaican surfing, Billy Wilmot, aka, Billy Mystic, frontman of the internationally acclaimed reggae group, the Mystic Revealers. (Saw the Revealers at Reggae Sunsplash in ...

25 03, 2021

The Camel Finds Water for Power & Motoryacht

By |March 25th, 2021|Commercial Work|

  “There’s something just so satisfying about bobbing around in the ocean on a boat you’ve resurrected from the ground up, knowing every nook and cranny as it hurls you forward on epic little adventures. It’s knowing the vessel’s story from beginning to end,” says Gordon. “Boats are funny that way; superstitions and folklore add to the depth of the experience.” This is a piece I did last year for ...

22 03, 2021

Kemper’s Superhuman Recovery for Men’s Journal

By |March 22nd, 2021|Editorial|

As of Sunday, the World Surf League has released several weekly episodes on the phenomenal story of Billy Kemper's recovery. A little over a year ago, Kemper was fighting for his life in Morocco after a brutal bounce off the bottom. By December, he was back out charging Jaws. I interviewed Kemper specifically on his fitness program in rehabbing from his injuries. He's not only a certified XPT Trainer, but ...

11 03, 2021

Talking to a Made Guy from a NYC Crime Family

By |March 11th, 2021|Editorial|

Growing up in New Jersey or New York, you learn a lot about Italian American culture, even if you're not Italian.  Combine that with the amount of classic mafia movies made in the last 40 years and you definitely feel how organized crime, or at least the legend of organized criminals starts to expand. I think we're all aware of stories and myths of who's a "made guy" and the ...

18 02, 2021

Hunter Jones for Surfline

By |February 18th, 2021|Editorial|

As much as I enjoy the movement toward a more racially just society, it always gets me that we were discussing these topics 25 years ago in the punk rock world. But I'm very excited to get to write about people who are breaking boundaries for race and gender. "Following a year where the struggle for racial justice in America has everyone throwing keyboard haymakers at each other, Jones, a ...

28 01, 2021

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Goes Virtual

By |January 28th, 2021|Editorial|

Ok. Not the same as being on the North Shore in Hawaii but it was cool to talk to Jack Robinson and Cliff Kapono. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is a 35-year long tradition on the North Shore. But unlike everything else that had to go virtual, the change this year may have actually been good for the event as it allowed flexibility around swell/spots, gave the women a ...

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