How Superstorm Sandy changed the Jersey Shore’s surfing culture

When Superstorm Sandy destroyed the Seaside Boardwalk and Casino Pier, it did more than just cause structural damage – it also greatly impacted the culture and community of the Jersey Shore.

News 12 Staff

Oct 24, 2022, 8:07 PM

Updated 635 days ago

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When Superstorm Sandy destroyed the Seaside Boardwalk and Casino Pier, it did more than just cause structural damage – it also greatly impacted the culture and community of the Jersey Shore.
“The Casino Pier was the epicenter of surfing in New Jersey – for a really long time,” says professional surfer Sam Hammer.
Surfers tell News 12 that it was devastating when the pier went down.
“When I saw it, I was like, ‘Man, I just lost my best friend,'” says Hammer.
The new pier was rebuilt about 100 feet shorter than the old one, which surfers say is not far out enough to create the sandbars that made surfing at Casino Pier so great.
They also say that the beach widening project done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also changed the surf conditions.
“A lot of people I know just kind of vanished that you used to see surfing there,” Hammer says.


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