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.
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 ...

30 08, 2020

America’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm for New Jersey Monthly

By |August 30th, 2020|Editorial|

Renewables! I wrote this feature story that appeared in the June issue of New Jersey Monthly. This was one of those "dig in" kind of research pieces, which was kind of nicely timed with quarantine. While there are some new concerns about the underwater power lines and fish migration, I have been told by my best sources that it shouldn't be a reality. That said, I am very proud that ...

18 08, 2020

Jetty // Welcome Mia Gallagher

By |August 18th, 2020|Commercial Work, Video Production|

The crew at Jetty are longtime friends and I love every project I get to do with them. When they signed young surfer Mia Gallagher of Ocean City, they had me produce a fun little video welcoming her to the family. Really seems like a great fit. We had some waves and ice cream on a summer day. Is there anything better than that? Shot by John Gilman and Tony ...

2 08, 2020

5 Best East Coast Hurricane Swells of All Time

By |August 2nd, 2020|Commercial Work|

This summer I got all nostalgic for the Hurricane Season of '95. I was 20 years old, listening to punk, working in the back of restaurants and getting on the non-stop hurricane swells that were lining up off the equator. I saw Sublime and Quicksand that summer on the first Warp Tour and it set the tone for summers to come. Jimmicane In honor of the 25 year ...

12 07, 2020

Steve Larosiliere, Founder and President of Stoked Mentoring for Men’s Journal

By |July 12th, 2020|Editorial|

Social impact stories are extremely important to me and I learned a whole lot talking to Steve Larosiliere, Founder and President of Stoked Mentoring with this interview for Men's Journal. “That was when I started to mentor foster kids—kids from…low income,” he says, before another noticeable hesitation. “I started mentoring Black kids.” Larosiliere went on to found STOKED with Selema Masekela. Stoked connects kids with mentors in action sports to provide ...

14 05, 2020

I Made the Cover!

By |May 14th, 2020|Personal|

Ok, so it's not the cover of some cool surf mag. Actually, there aren't any surf mags anymore. And it's just the cover of a website, but it's still pretty cool. I have worked with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce since 2015 and learned so much from Executive Director, Lori Pepenella. Last year, they redid their website and used a photo of me for the front page of ...

28 03, 2020

Caldarella Ask Own Board Of to Lay Him Off As Economy Crashes

By |March 28th, 2020|Editorial|

I have written about David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation since day one and on occasion, done some volunteering. It has always been an honor to work alongside David Caldarella. With the coronavirus pandemic and the economy in a tailspin, Caldarella selflessly asked the board of directors of his own nonprofit to lay him off. He will try to collect unemployment to save his nonprofit through these tough times. I ...

29 01, 2020

How to Ski and Ride Vail Like a Local

By |January 29th, 2020|Editorial|

Courtesy Vail Resorts "...All right, let’s get the Vail jokes out of the way: ones ribbing the fabulous fur coats seen on Bridge Street, the $18 old-fashioneds, the Wi-Fi connected gondolas and designer oxygen bars to combat altitude sickness. To understate it, there’s nothing chintzy about this Interstate 70 gem with its luxury veneer. Nearly 60 years into the roadside resort town experiment (literally named after a highway ...

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