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.
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 ...

8 01, 2021

John John Florence 2021 for Men’s Journal

By |January 8th, 2021|Editorial|

Started off the year getting a piece on a conversation with John John Florence published at Men's Journal. The first time I spoke with Florence he was about 13, coming out to surf the Belmar Pro. His mother is from Ocean Grove and he still has family there. The next time we met he was 15 and we chatted in his treehouse, out behind his Mom's place at Pipe. This ...

2 10, 2020

Oystex by Jetty video

By |October 2nd, 2020|Commercial Work, Video Production|

It's amazing when you work with your friends creating content around projects that match your own beliefs.. This fall, Jetty launched their new Oystex apparel, made of recycled plastic water bottles and oyster shells. It diverts two products from the waste stream to create some fantastic threads. And of course, the oyster bit is an amazing fit since they support an oyster reef project in our local waters that also ...

12 09, 2020

Guide to Skateparks at the Jersey Shore for New Jersey Life

By |September 12th, 2020|Commercial Work, Editorial|

Every once in a while, New Jersey Monthly taps me for a little piece on things happening along the coast. They use the term "Jersey Shore," more than I'd like but all good. This one was a round up of the Skatepark of the New Jersey Shore, on offer north and south. There are a few that have opened in this time. Kind of a roadmap for me and Archie ...

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