Local pro surfer Dean Randazzo was back in New Jersey over the weekend for his fourth annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation's Freeze for A Cause.
The surf in Seaside Heights, Ocean County, on Saturday didn't turn out to be as spectacular as Randazzo would have liked. The waveless forecast and poor weather made for a small turnout, but enough diehards came out to still run open shortboard, longboard and girls divisions.
"There were some little waves," said Randazzo, "I think it was an incredible show of support for the foundation and the cause for these guys to come out in the cold and rain. It's typical hardcore New Jersey."
Foundation board member Adam Wolcoff of Somers Point won the open. Lavallette's Sam Hammer took the longboard, and Jessica Kwiecinski aced the women's competiton.
In the evening, they joined other members of the local surfing community for an afterparty fundraiser, hosted by pro surfer Hammer's family at the Crab's Claw Inn in Lavallette. Auctioning off donated items, the Foundation raised nearly $5,000.
Randazzo will compete next in the Vans Pier Classic, March 23-27 in Huntington Beach, Calif. He also has been speaking out for cancer charities and last Tuesday night spoke at Gilda's Club of South Jersey, a cancer support group in Linwood.