Kiernan Surfing Association

Kiernan Surfing Association A Place to share memories and pictures of the North Long Branch surfing culture from the early 1960 Consequently, there were no free beaches for surfers.
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THE KIERNAN SURFING STORY:

The Kiernan Surfing Association was founded by a group of young wave riders in 1965 who were looking for a place to surf. It all began with a beach located at the end of Kiernan Boulevard in North Long Branch, NJ, and the amazing surf that broke on its shores. In the sixties the shifting sands off of the jetty at the end of Kiernan Boulevard had set up perfectly to deli

ver the largest and longest riding waves in the area, and before long some of the best surfers in New Jersey began gathering to ride these swells. As was the problem for surfers across New Jersey at the time, most beaches were privately owned by beach clubs that did not allow surfing. The Kiernan Beach was owned by George Savoth, who also owned the adjoining beach club, White Sands. As George Savoth looked down the beach from his White Sands Beach Club, he could see that he had a problem. He had big waves breaking perfectly on his property, and a growing group of surfers were out there riding them. He was not opposed to the idea of his beach being used for surfing, but he was concerned about the liability he would incur if any of the surfers either injured themselves or others on his property. He also recognized that enforcing a “no surfing” policy on the property would be expensive, time consuming, and ultimately impossible, as vanloads of surfers were now showing up at all hours to ride the biggest and best waves around. After a while, a small group of the wave riders met with George to see if they could find a solution that would allow them to legally use the beach. With the help of one of the surfer’s fathers who was an attorney, an agreement was struck between George and the surfers that would allow them to lease the beach for the symbolic cost of $1.00, under the condition that the surfers would patrol it, perform their own lifeguarding duties and keep it clean The cost of providing insurance to protect George against any accidental injuries was covered by charging each surfer a $20 annual membership fee.So with this agreement between the beach owners and the surfers, The Kiernan Surfing Association was born. Over the six years of the Kiernan Surfing Association’s existence, members of the group consisted of some of New Jersey’s very best wave riders, and many of the relationships formed during those years have lasted a lifetime. This page has been created by Ted Geiser and Rich Seaton, two members of the group, in the hope that Kiernan members and others who were on the Kiernan beach at the time will join us in celebrating and memorializing the golden years of surfing at Kiernan. Please help us by sharing any old pictures and stories of surfing and partying at Kiernan during those days. We are excited about the possibility of reconnecting with old friends to marinate memories of the Kiernan Beach era.

KSA DAY
09/26/2021

KSA DAY

Stop by and enjoy your Friendships, the beach, and waves. Have a fantastic DAY. ❤❤❤ KSA
09/16/2021

Stop by and enjoy your Friendships, the beach, and waves. Have a fantastic DAY. ❤❤❤ KSA

Theo BrantlyI always have & always will love each & every one of You guys & Bobo too ! Please post a KSA photo of him . ...
09/01/2021

Theo Brantly
I always have & always will love each & every one of You guys & Bobo too ! Please post a KSA photo of him . 💙
Let us plan it now Core4KSAers !
Saturday 9/25 is Our KSA Beach Day 😎
Boards , baggies , wax , blankets , umbrellas & good times on Our Hallowed Ground .
Come spend the day with Your Family & Friends to step into Your KSA Chill once again !
This day will be Yours to channel our simpler times & guide it accordingly .
Officially 9-4:00 yet the park is open from 8-8:00 for Your continued enjoyment ... 🤙🏽
FOREVER KIERNAN 👣

08/24/2021

Drummer Charlie Watts, whose adept, powerful skin work propelled the Rolling Stones for more than half a century, died in London on Tuesday morning, according to his spokesperson. No cause of death…

Surf's always up in PaiaOld surfboards never die, at least not here, just outside the town of Paia, on Maui, Hawaii. Loc...
08/24/2021

Surf's always up in Paia
Old surfboards never die, at least not here, just outside the town of Paia, on Maui, Hawaii. Local resident Donald Dettloff constructed this fence beginning back in 1990 from over 600 discarded boards, most of which were either donated or salvaged from local junk and vintage stores. Dettloff originally wired some of his own boards to his fence to keep them from blowing away in a hurricane. Now the colorful display is a local landmark and even caught the attention of Guinness World Records for being the largest surfboard collection.

07/10/2021
06/29/2021

It is with heavy heart and soul we mark the passing of Greg Noll. Noll, famous for riding giant Second Reef Pipeline and huge Makaha during the memorable big wave winter of 1969, had surfboard dealers along the entire East Coast in the 1960s, building tremendous friendships with his dealers, friendships that lasted his lifetime.
Noll made the journey back East many years during the January Surf Expo to attend the Hall of Fame's biennial Induction Ceremony. He last attended in 2018.
"Greg was a giant in the global surfing world and a hero to many here on the East Coast" said a tearful Cecil Lear on hearing the news of Noll's passing. "The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame was Greg's idea, and he asked me to put it together. My heart goes out to his lovely wife, Laura, son Jed, and the entire family. I'm going to miss my good friend immensely." The Board of Directors of the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame sends its deepest sympathies to the Noll Family.
Much Respect and Aloha, Greg.
Photo: Dick Meseroll / ESM

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06/17/2021

THE WEDGE BEST, BIGGEST AND WORST Wipeouts of the week. Episode 2 Here are the TOP 10 and MORE. Additional footage by 10. Sage Burke (...

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06/08/2021

https://youtu.be/Ouc0z7zf1tU

National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours under water. With photography and video, Brian brings his deep sea experiences to ...

That’s the beauty and the heartache of the ocean today, World Oceans Day: so much left to explore, so much damage alread...
06/08/2021

That’s the beauty and the heartache of the ocean today, World Oceans Day: so much left to explore, so much damage already. And so much possibility for doing better.

If you’re lucky enough to live near a coast, I hope you get a chance to walk along the shore and look at the waves. And maybe pick up a piece of trash.

05/21/2021
05/01/2021

Congrats Scott on your NJSHOF induction and all the rest of the steller Inductees. 🌊🏄👣🤙😎❤️

HAPPY EARTH DAYApril 22Do your part.
04/20/2021

HAPPY EARTH DAY
April 22
Do your part.

04/16/2021

Discover cbksurf4's collection, Ksa k-store

Photos, MAHALO,  Robert Brown. 😎 Photography by Greg Brower. 🤙
03/09/2021

Photos, MAHALO, Robert Brown. 😎 Photography by Greg Brower. 🤙

K S A.   Reunion Doug Kuiper Frank Delisa Robert Brown Greg Brower Eric Johanson. Photos, MAHALO,  Robert Brown. 😎
03/09/2021

K S A. Reunion Doug Kuiper Frank Delisa Robert Brown Greg Brower Eric Johanson. Photos, MAHALO, Robert Brown. 😎

02/26/2021

View Erik Johanson's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

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Kiernan Surfing Assoc. KSA Surfing Spot- Sports Club- Environmental Conservation Organization ​ THE KIERNAN SURFING STORY: The Kiernan Surfing Association was founded by a group of young wave riders in 1965 who were looking for a place to surf. It all began with a beach located at the end of Kiernan Boulevard in North Long Branch, NJ, and the amazing surf that broke on its shores. In the sixties, the shifting sands off the jetty at the end of Kiernan Boulevard had set up perfectly to deliver the largest and longest riding waves in the area, and before long some of the best surfers in New Jersey began gathering to ride these swells. As was the problem for surfers across New Jersey at the time, most beaches were privately owned by beach clubs that did not allow surfing. Consequently, there were no free beaches for surfers. The Kiernan Beach was owned by George Savoth, who also owned the adjoining beach club, White Sands. As George Savoth looked down the beach from his White Sands Beach Club, he could see that he had a problem. He had big waves breaking perfectly on his property, and a growing group of surfers out there riding them. Unlike most beach club owners, George was not opposed to the idea of his beach being used for surfing, but he was concerned about the liability he would incur if any of the surfers either injured themselves or others on his property. He also recognized that enforcing a “no surfing” policy on the property would be expensive, time consuming, and ultimately impossible, as vanloads of surfers were now showing up at all hours to ride the biggest and best waves around. After a while, a meeting was arranged between a small group of the wave riders and George to see if they could find a solution that would allow them to legally use the beach. With the help of one of the surfer’s fathers who was an attorney, an agreement was struck between George and the surfers that would allow them to lease the beach for the symbolic cost of $1.00, under the condition that the surfers would patrol it, perform their own lifeguarding duties and keep it clean. The cost of providing insurance to protect George against any accidental injuries was covered by charging each surfer a $20. annual membership fee. So, with this agreement between the beach owners and the surfers, The Kiernan Surfing Association was born. Over one hundred surfers joined the association at its inception. Over the fifty plus years of the Kiernan Surfing Association’s existence, members of the group consisted of some of New Jersey’s very best wave riders, and many of the relationships formed during those years have lasted a lifetime. We are looking forward to the next 50 years.


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