A FEST ON LAND & SEA
Sea.Hear.Now is more than just a music festival. In addition to an incredible lineup of talented bands, surf enthusiasts and music-lovers alike will enjoy live surfer expression sessions with pro surfers, board shaping demos, and more. Take a look below to learn more about what’s happening on the beach!
Surfer Expression Sessions
In celebration of the long standing surf culture at the Jersey Shore, some of the best surfers in the neighborhood, along with some of our out of state friends, both male and female, will get as radical as they can during the “Expression Session” held in between the Surf Stage and Sand Stage.
Each surfer will be grouped into a heat and have 30 mins to show off their best moves all in the name of creativity and fun. From big airs to power carves to grace on the water, style and expression is the name of the game!
Daily Schedule: 2:30 – 3:00 Men’s Heat 1 3:00 – 3:30 Men’s Heat 2 3:30 – 4:00 Men’s Heat 3 4:00- 4:30 Women’s Session 4:30 – 5:15 Men’s Final
Board Shaper Activation – Shaper’s Alley
Surfboard making is an art form and Sea.Hear.Now has gathered some of the best shapers on the East Coast, if not the world. Our “Shaper’s Alley” will be a living, breathing, workshop where the hand-picked craftsmen will make wave riding tools spanning the generations, from boards made of wood to today’s cutting edge technology. Pariticpants include:
Ricky Carroll Surfboards
Master surfboard maker Ricky Carroll is not just an East Coast legend; he’s one of the best in the world. The Floridian is a three time winner at “Icons of Foam,” beating out the best shapers on the planet. That’s why Ricky’s a legend but it’s also because he’s a style maven in the water and a beast behind the drum kit.
Asbury Park, NJ
Rozbern Surfboards are hand shaped and glassed by John Oppito under one roof at The Heavens in Asbury Park, NJ. A vital component to the rising respect for New Jersey surfing scene, Oppito has been shaping for 12 years and his boards are seen heavily in the lineups in New Jersey to Rhode Island and now, California.
Josh Peterson Surfboards
Outer Banks, NC
At 22, Josh Peterson has already studied under one of the masters of the craft Jeff Bushman, learning how to handshape in Bushman’s North Shore lair. He took that knowledge home where shaping and building boards for WRV in the Outer Banks while also spending heaps of time in Asbury Park shaping for Glide Surf Co.
Seafaring Woodcrafts Company
Beach Haven NJ
The alaia is a thin, round nosed, square tailed surfboard made of wood that pre-dates a thousand years and is considered the first wave riding tool that pre dates 20th century Hawaii. That ancient tradition is being honored today by Sea Faring Woodcrafts. Greg is a Long Beach Island native who had strong influences from vintage longboards and surf history. He shapes wooden surf crafts as well as foam mid-lengths and logs, all with environmentally sustainable practices. He teaches shaping and wood burning classes and can be found giving tours at the NJ Surfing Museum.