MARGATE CITY - Hundreds helped Surf It Forward and raise more than $34,000 for people with cancer at the 16th annual Surf For A Cause on Sept. 10. The Jerry Regina Legacy Foundation matched their efforts with a $41,800 donation to the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation during the event-after party at Ventura’s Greenhouse in Margate.

Spectators lined the sand to watch more than 130 surfers compete for prizes and divisional trophies in a surfing contest on two beaches. Grom winner Tucker Collins and Gromette winner Zoe Bourgeous each took home a custom-shaped board by Brian Wynn Surfboards donated by Shore True Value Hardware.

With its mission to assist people with cancer and organizations helping those with cancer, the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation encouraged all Surf For A Cause participants to create a fundraising webpage and collect pledges. Bryce Hanin, who raised $880 and Maddie Allen, who raised $660, also each received a custom-shaped board by Brian Wynn Surfboards.

The biggest applause came for the Heart of Surfing participants with special needs who learned how to surf with the help of volunteers.

Foundation President Mark Zappone of Linwood presented a $10,000 check to Cape Regional Health System, which was accepted by Thomas Piratzky, its vice president of marketing and public relations.

“This is the single-largest donation in the history of the foundation. While we are sad to see a great foundation close shop, we are honored that the Regina Foundation chose the DRCF to receive these funds,” said Zappone.

“It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in 15 years,” said founder Dean Randazzo. “It’s great to see how many people we have been able to help with an idea that my brother Joe and I had sitting in an airport.”

Anyone who raised $75 for the cause received a Surf It Forward hat, T-shirt and sticker. Participants paid $50 to enter the contest and groms and gromettes surfed for free.

Here are the results of the 16th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Surf For A Cause:


1. Tucker Collins

2. Cory Levy

3. Ethan Dunn

4. Jake Downing

5. Ty Collins

6. Jeremy Nordberg


1. Zoe Bourgeois

2. Juliana Duff

3. Lyndsay Tate

4. Tary Cupit

5. Joey Hemphill

6. Emma Scrudato


1. Evan Couval

2. Andrew Mangel

3. Bobby Becket

4. Harrison Gillman

5. William Bumpernick

6. Steve Gooden

Junior Men

1. Pat Taylor

2. William Bumpernick

3. Sam Oliva

4. Jack Hendee

5. Steven Zakroff

6. Vince Giunta


1. Brynn Bowman

2. Samantha Stadler

3. Lauren Tate

4. Kara McNally

5. Lyndsay Tate

6. Maddie Allen


1. Nick Giunta

2. Nick Rutowski

3. Sean Bowman

4. Guy Loggi Jr.

5. Steven Zakroff


1. Dan Cellucci

2. Bob Matthews

3. Adam Walcoff

4. Joe Hemphill

5. Brad Tucker


1. Nick Rutowski

2. Pat Taylor

3. Sean Duffey

4. Frank Messina

5. Vince Giunta

6. Matt Zappone

Stand-up paddleboard

1. Mark Neustadter

2. Tom O’Brien

3. Jon Greenberg

4. Joe Schmidt

5. Steve Gooden

6. Matt Zappone

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation promotes cancer awareness and assists individuals battling cancer both emotionally and financially. To date, the foundation has raised more than $600,000 and donates 90 percent of its funds to individuals and organizations including the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Jersey Cape Regional Cancer Center and AtlantiCare Cancer Center.

Read or Share this story: