5th Annual Regular Joe Results

Congratulations to Steve Sherard for winning the King of the Joes

    Kink of the Joe's Results
  1. Steve Sherard
  2. Chris Duff
  3. Sean Hayes

    Forever Hippie: Sponsored by - BG’s Surfside Grill
  1. Justin Eckhoff
  2. Sara McFarlane

    Suits & Scrubs: Sponsored by - Atlantis Urgent Care
  1. Brody Sorensen
  2. Joey Couturier

    Keepers of the Coast: Sponsored by – Clean Surf Apparel
  1. Sean Hayes
  2. Roger Ross
  3. Eric Schwarze
  4. Richard DeSalvo

    Regular Joes 49 & Under Shortboard: Sponsored by – Capt. Hiram’s
  1. Chris Duff
  2. Steve Sherard
  3. Justin Enjo
  4. Eric Benton
  5. Dalton Smith
  6. Tyler Petrosky
  7. Jay Whalen
  8. ShaRon Roslin
  9. Scooter Newell
  10. David Byrd
  11. Jon Gazi
  12. Shane Leiper
  13. Darren Speer
  14. Martin Jeri

    Regular Joes 49 & Under Long Board: Sponsored by – Capt. Hiram’s
  1. Colby Nickell

    Regular Joes 50+ Shortboard: Sponsored by – Capt. Hiram’s
  1. Sean Hayes
  2. David Finley
  3. Aaron Felthousen
  4. Dan Sullivan

    Regular Joes 50 Long Board: Sponsored by – Capt. Hiram’s
  1. Dan Sullivan
  2. Boyd Mark

    Regular Joesies Shortboard: Sponsored by – Ishkabibbles Apparel
  1. Sara McFarlane
  2. Nicole Golden

Saturday, September 16

Regular Joe ready to go September 23rd

Due to the continued closure of Sebastian Inlet State Park as a result of damage from Hurricane Irma, the 5th Annual Regular Joe Surf Festival ha been postponed exactly one week. Please visit the Sebastian Inlet Surf Facebook page for continual updates.

Thursday, September 21st 7-9pm. Kickoff and Registration Party round II. Location: Coasters Pub & Biergarten.

Friday, September 22nd 7-10pm. Movie Night-- Inbetween Days. Location: Sebastian Inlet Surf

Saturday, September 23rd8am-6pm. Regular Joe Contest @ Sebastian Inlet State Park ~4pm: Visit Space Coast Dick Catri Pros Into Joes Expression Session. 6:30-10pm. Anaya Coffee Surfer Stomp Party @ Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport Music by the Punkadelics and Diamond D & The Destroyers

Sunday, September 24 8am-6pm. Regular Joe Contest @ Sebastian Inlet State Park ~5:30pm. King of the Joes Super Heat ~6:00pm. Dale Sorensen Awards Party @ B.G.’s Surfside Grill Music by Dan Sullivan

Wednesday, August 9

Damien Share for Regular Joe!

Highly regarded local artist Damien Share has signed on to custom paint the iconic polished silver lunch pails that are awarded to category winners at the 5th Annual Regular Joe Surf Festival, held September 16 & 17 at Sebastian Inlet's famed First Peak. We're totally stoked to see what this soulful, surfy artist comes up with for categories ranging from Suits and Scrubs (folks in the legal and medical fields) to Forever Hippie (You know who you are). A selection of the Damien Share lunch pails will be on display at the Regular Joe Registration and Packet Pick-up at Monkey Bar on Sept. 14 (see below for details.)

Friday, August 4

Monkey Bar Returns as Host Location for Registration Event

The 5th Annual Regular Joe Surf Festival presented by Sweetwater Brewing will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 14 by returning to a favorite venue for the annual Registration and Party Pick-up Party.

While you might slide by a running shoe store to do the packet pick-up for a neighborhood 5K, Regular Joe will have none of that. Indialantic’s Monkey Bar will be the host, Montecito Project will provide the music and Sweetwater will keep things moving with specials on their most excellent IPAs. (This is a warm-up party, not an errand.)

The action will begin about 6:30 pm with Montecito Project taking the stage around 7. We’ll be on hand until about 9:30 to accept registrations and hand out the goody bags. While past registration parties had been Friday night events, we opted to move it back a night to make heat set-up easier. Most surfers will be able to learn their heat assignments at the party so they can plan their Saturday schedules. We’ll see you there!

Monkey Bar 2364 S. Highway A1A Indialantic, FL

July 1, 2017

5th Annual Regular Joe Dates Are Set

Can you believe it? Our little Regular Joe is growing up! And this year we’ve got ambitious plans cooking to make the “Surf Contest for the Rest of Us” even more fun and more important than ever before. “More fun” you get, ‘cause it probably means more parties, great food and a few double secret surprises.

But “more important”? What on Earth could we be talking about? Well, it actually is more important because we’re including the 5th Annual Joe in our global campaign to achieve restoration of the famed surf break at Sebastian Inlet First Peak. That’s where we always hold the contest, but let’s face it, First Peak isn’t what it used to be. So we’re teaming up with Surfrider and FirstPeak.org to hammer away at one point: we can fix First Peak – Oh Yes We Can!

Additionally, this year’s contest will be dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and godfather of East Coast surfing, the legendary Dick Catri. “Captain” Catri was an ardent supporter of Regular Joe and was actively involved in the event from the first heat of the first contest right up through the final heat of the 4th Annual. We miss him terribly and hope he will use his position from a higher level to send us some juicy waves for the 5th Annual contest.

This year’s Regular Joe will be held on September 16th & 17th, with back-up dates of September 23rd & 24th. Regardless of wave conditions, the annual Surfer Stomp party will be held at Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport on Saturday the 16th (and if the waves don’t cooperate, we’ll probably just have another one on the 23rd.)

As usual, we have two major aims for Regular Joe. #1 is to raise money to continue the good work done by the Sebastian Inlet Chapter of Surfrider Foundation. And #2 is to have the most fun surf contest ever! Stay tuned as we start releasing further details about the 5th Annual Regular Joe Surf Festival.

Prior Years Event news

Regular Joe Surf Festival is an annual surf contest to benefit the Sebastian Inlet Chapter of Surfrider Foundation.

Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport and the Sebastian Inlet chapter of Surfrider Foundation are proud to announce the 5th Annual Regular Joe Surf Festival.

Taking place on Saturday and Sunday in Florida’s prime surf season, the Regular Joe Surf Festival promises a unique opportunity for dedicated recreational surfers to enjoy all the trappings of a big time contest … without big time surfers!

Mix in a raging Surfer Stomp with live music, unique awards, a chance to put together your own heat and Florida’s most famous wave and you have all the ingredients of a great weekend, smack in the middle of hurricane season. Join us for a contest for the rest of us.


24 years ago, some regular surfers really, really wished they could surf Sebastian Inlet’s renowned First Peak, Florida’s most famous wave, without the hordes of superhot surfers who made it almost impossible for them to grab a wave for themselves.

The solution that ‘Regular Joe’ surfers Harry Greenfield, Jack Kirschenbaum and Don Stewart came up with was novel: they’d hold a contest and give recreational surfers (mainly themselves) a shot at the Inlet without the crowds. And so Doctors Lawyers Weekend Warriors was born.

And what a run they had. Over the 20 years of the contest, they had tons of fun and raised good money for great causes, capping off the last year by awarding three $1000 scholarships in the memory of beloved local photographer Mama G, Lorraine Guthrie.

In announcing the end of DLWW, the founders said they hoped someone would step up and continue the tradition.

 Challenge accepted!

1st Annual Regular Joe

After a long flat spell, the 2013 was blessed with two days of awesome head high surf. Not only that, but Florida’s legendary godfather of surf Dick Catri showed to man the microphone and announce most of the contest.

Despite the ‘fun’ nature of the event, the competition was fierce and heat scores across the board reflected quality surfing from the mostly “seasoned” group of surfers.

After two days of great waves, great parties and great surfing, Kelly Branagh was triumphant in the Regular Joe Super Heat and claimed first position on the Regular Joe perpetual traveling trophy.

Founder's Heat                   
To keep the spirit of DLWW alive, Regular Joe always invites DLWW Founders Harry Greenfield, Jack Kirschenbaum & Don Stewart, along with official event wave forecaster Bob Freeman, to open the contest with the Official Founders’ Heat. This honor will be theirs in perpetuity, just reward for their 20 years of contributions to the Central Florida surfing community.

As a bonus, legendary East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame member Dick Catri will serve as Honorary Starter and sound the horn for the first heat.
As an event for “the rest of us” Regular Joe recognizes that there are many vital components to a vibrant engaged surfing community.

A pillar of Brevard's surf coast, the Sebastian Inlet Chapter of Surfrider Foundation works tirelessly in its role as “Keeper of the Coast” to see that Brevard’s beaches are clean, safe and accessible for everyone, not just surfers.

Whether organizing large scale plantings of sea oats to help protect Brevard’s vital dunes and beaches or working with schools to bring up a generation that respects and reveres the ocean, Surfrider is active 365 days a year.

In 2012, the chapter introduced the Ocean, Reef and Beach Festival (ORB), a huge undertaking at Satellite Beach’s Pelican Beach Park. A great success, ORB brought together music, food, live entertainment, vendor displays, artwork and educational activities that focused community attention on the enormous value and precarious health of Brevard’s greatest asset – its beaches.

That same year, Surfrider was instrumental in the 1st Annual Space Coast Saunter, an 80-mile walk along the entire length of Brevard County’s beach line. Coming right after Superstorm Sandy passed by, the Saunter documented both the vulnerability and the resiliency of our beaches.

Now, with Regular Joe, Surfrider has yet another opportunity – and commitment – to reach out to the local community and bring attention to our magnificent beaches. And this time, it's about surfing the iconic break that gave the chapter its name -- Sebastian Inlet.

Entry Fees

Reserve your spot

$50 Individual Pricing until August 31, 2017
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$160 Awesome Deal! Book your own private heat with three of your friends and save money while surfing 4 heats in two days.
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$65 Individual Pricing from September 1 - 15, 2017
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$75 Individual Pricing September 16 and After
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event schedule

Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport

"Regular Joe Surf Festival", a two day fundraising surf contest for the rest of us...

Sept. 11 - 15
Early Packet Pick-up Location
TIMES: 10AM-6PM Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport
8898 Highway A1A
Sebastian Inlet, FL 32951

Sept. 14, Thursday
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Packet pick-up and late registration kick-off party
Location: Monkey Bar, 2364 S. Highway A1A, Indialantic, FL

Music by Montecito Project

Sept. 21, Thursday
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Packet pick-up and later registration kick-off party
Location: Coasters Pub and Biergarten, 971 E Eau Gallie Blvd

Sept. 23
6:30 am – 7:30 am
Packet Pick-up at Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport
8:00 am: First heat hits the water
5:40 pm: Surfing ends for day one
6:30 pm: Surfer Stomp party at Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport. Details TBD.

Sept. 24
8:00 am: First heat hits the water
6:00 pm: 30-minute Regular Joe Super Heat hits the water
6:30 pm: Awards ceremony on the upper deck of the Inlet Grill

Parties & Awards
Kick-off Party Thursday night starts it out right. Drink cold beverages, eat light snacks, talk crazy story and get set for the contest.

Surfer Stomp
You know what they say, Go Big or Go Home! With the new expanded event space at Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport we intend to go very big. Details will be forthcoming, but count on a major event.

Awards Ceremony
After the King of the Joes Super Heat, we’ll hand out the coveted lunch box awards and the coolest award in the global sports universe, the King of the Joes Super Heat Champion’s Trophy at a convenient TBD location. We’ll keep you posted.

event info

All You Need to Know About Regular Joe

Event Information

Contest Site

Where else but Florida’s best-known wave – Sebastian Inlet? With plenty of parking, great facilities and the Inlet Grill, Sebastian Inlet isn’t just a great wave; it’s the ideal family-friendly location to hold a surf contest.

In addition to watching the action in the water, spectators and competitors can relax and eat at the Inlet Grill, cast a line from the jetties at one of Florida’s favorite fishing spots, enjoy the calm swimming waters of the Cove, walk or ride the park’s trail systems or take in the two park museums: The McLarty Treasure Museum and the Sebastian Fishing Museum.

The Heats

In order to let participants get maximum water time, we’re setting up two surf zones at 1st and 2nd Peak. To make sure all surfers get equal opportunities, each surfer will surf a heat in both zones each day of the contest. If the surfer surfs his first heat in Zone One on the first day of the contest, he will surf his first heat in Zone Two on the second day.

There are just four surfers in each 20-minute heat, so there will be plenty of room to snag that perfect Inlet barrel or show your prowess at launching big airs (even at your advanced age!)

King of the Joes Super Heat

The very last heat of the contest will be the Super Heat, matching up the winners of the seven categories. Talk about bragging rights! This one will settle all arguments and determine the 2016 King of the Joes.

Registration - What Do You Get?

Registration for the Regular Joe Surf Festival includes:

- Four (up to) 20-minute heats at Sebastian Inlet
- Custom-designed 5th Annual Regular Joe Surf Festival T-shirt
- Commemorative 5th Annual Regular Joe poster
- Kick-off party for registration and packet pick-up
- Opening night Surfer Stomp party at Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport
- Awards ceremony at Inlet Grill
- Swag Bag



Now in our 5th year, we’re sticking with the categories we introduced in 2015. This set-up will qualify seven surfers for the King of the Joes Super Heat. Just so you know, here’s how we break it down: The top three placers in each category will receive the coveted lunch box awards. However, to advance into the Super Heat, the following will qualify: The winners of Suits & Scrubs, Forever Hippie, Surf & Protect, & Keepers of the Coast plus the overall highest scorers in Regular Joes Shortboard, Regular Joes Longboard and Regular Joesies. In the event a qualifier can’t make it for the Super Heat, the highest scoring non-qualifier across all categories will grab the vacant spot.

Suits & Scrubs

Preserving the legacy of the original Doctors, Lawyers & Weekend Warriors, we’re combining all the legal and medical folk into one hotly contested division. No age breaks, men and women welcome.

Regular Joes

Here’s where we go big! There are now four categories under the Regular Joe banner:
49 & Under short board
50 & Over short board
49 & Under long board
50 & Over long board

Forever Hippie!

Honoring flower children of all ages … you know who you are! No age breaks, long and short boards together, men and women in perfect harmony.

Surf & Protect

Honoring military, police, fire fighters and EMTs, this division is for the women and men who strive 24/7to keep us safe. No age breaks, long and short boards all together.

Keepers of the Coast

This one’s for Surfrider pride. Members of Surfrider Foundation get two categories this year and we expect bragging rights to be fiercely debated for years to come.
Keepers short board
Keepers long board

Regular Joesies

Some girls are just tired of beating the guys, hence they get their own divisions … and the highest scorer gets a golden ticket to the King of the Joes Super Heat. No age breaks, separate divisions for long & short boards. You go, girls!





Full Online Registration through Active.com

Click here to Register for the regular joe surf festival

Online Registration is over Friday Afternoon

Saturday: Come to the inlet before 8am on Saturday to Register

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Address and Phone

Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport
8898 Highway A1A
Sebastian Inlet, FL 32951


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Lodging near Sebastian Inlet

Here are some of the local motels, hotels, B&Bs and campgrounds that may have vacancies during Regular Joe weekend. The hotels are all locally owned Florida beach hotels, not mega chains, while the campgrounds are operated by the state and county. For larger, full-featured hotels, look to Vero Beach or Indialantic and Satellite Beach. We think most surfers will appreciate the proximity to the Inlet and enjoy the relaxed style of these mellow hotels and campgrounds. Support Local!

Hotels, Motels, B&BS & AIRBNBs

Seashell Suites Resort: http://www.seashellsuites.com: 321-409-0500
8796 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Easily the closest hotel to Sebastian Inlet State Park, the beautiful Seashell Suites features 2-bedroom suites, a great splash pool and is just steps from a secluded beach. It has the additional advantage of being just steps from Sebastian Inlet Surf & Sport, the host shop for the Regular Joe Surf Festival.

Floridana Beach Motel: http://www.motelfloridana.com 877-564-2984
6580 South A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
The Floridana Beach Motel is right across the street from the beach and is strictly non-smoking. The owners are generally on-site all the time and there is a convenience store with a Subway restaurant a short walk away. About 6 miles north of the Inlet.

Surfcaster Motel: http://surfcastermotel.com: 321-723-1967
5935 South A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
This is a beachfront motel with a quite tasty Italian Restaurant adjacent. A great spot to feed hungry surfers, plus a break right out front that gets really good on bigger swells. Owner Phil D’Angelo is frequently on site. About 7 miles north of the Inlet.

Ocean Pines Motel: http://www.oceanpinesmotel.com: 321-728-7019
5055 South A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Another oceanfront hotel, featuring full kitchens in every room. Roughly 9 miles north of the Inlet.

Tiara By The Sea: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiara-by-The-Sea-Motel/115379901818782: 321-725-0525\5815
South A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Tiara by the Sea has been sold and we are told will re-open as Blue View Inn. No date has been set and no contact information is available during ongoing renovation.

Sea View Motel: http://seaviewmelbourne.com: 321-723-0566
4213 South A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
The Sea View Inn was acquired last fall by new owners and has been given a dramatic facelift, making it possibly the nicest lodging south of Melbourne Beach. With three 2-bedroom suites and four single rooms, the Sea View is an upscale oasis directly across A1A from the first-rate Café Coconut Cove. About 11.5 miles north of the Inlet.

Sandy Shoes Beach Hotel: http://www.hotelscombined.com/Hotel/Sandy_Shoes_Beach_Hotel.htm 321-723-5586
3455 South A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
About 14.5 miles north of the Inlet, Sandy Shoes is oceanfront with a pretty large pool. Very convenient to the town of Melbourne Beach

Melbourne Beach Motel: http://www.melbournebeachmotel.net: 321 676-9990
3120 South A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
The Mel Beach Motel is further from the Inlet at about 15 miles, but has the advantage of being closer to the restaurants, markets, and gas stations in the actual town of Melbourne Beach. Just a short walk across A1A to the beach.

Porte d’Hiver Bed & Breakfast: http://www.portdhiver.com 866-621-7678
201 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
This beautiful B&B is in the village of Melbourne Beach about 16 easy miles north of the Inlet. Definitely a splurge choice, but you won’t regret it. Just across the street from the beach and easy walking distance to all the amenities of the village.

Sea Glass Inn B & B http://seaglassinn.com 321-725-7558
514 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
The newest addition to local lodging choices, the Sea Glass is across the street from Ryckman Park and very close to the Pier on the Indian River Lagoon. Loads of charm and close to amenities including D’Jons Steak & Lobster House, which is basically right next door.

Jungle Tree House: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14670037 Bringing a big crew to Regular Joe? The Jungle Tree House could be just the ticket. With room for 10 and just under 2-miles from First Peak, it’s a killer set-up with an ocean view from it’s 35-high crow’s nest.

Casa Playa: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2078719 Right on the beach about 1.6 miles north of the Inlet, this lovely secluded cottage has been righteously renovated to handle up to 8 guests in comfort and style. Great fishing and surfing … it’s 5 stars with airbnb guests!


The Sebastian Inlet area offers three very nice campgrounds for RV folks or tent campers. All are very close to the contest site as well as good surf spots.

Sebastian Inlet State Park: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Sebastian-Inlet 321-984-4852
9700 South A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Yes, you can camp right in the park, albeit on the south side of the bridge away from the contest site. Your pass for the campground also lets you drive in and out on the north side as many times as you want while you are still a registered camper. Accommodations for both RVs and tents, along with a very convenient boat ramp.

Inlet Marina: http://www.sebastianinlet.com 321-724-5424
9502 South A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Actually part of Sebastian Inlet State Park, the Inlet Marina provides a very different camping experience. This is a no RV zone with tents set under the shade of ancient oak trees just a stone’s throw (really) from the Indian River Lagoon. Walk 250 yards east on the dirt road and you’re right across the street from the path to the famous Spanish House surf break. Walk 30 yards west and you’re in the Indian River Lagoon. A great spot to rent a boat or kayak and do some mellow exploring. 1 mile north of the Inlet.

Long Point Park: http://www.brevardcounty.us/ParksRecreation/South/LongPoint/Home 321-952-4532
700 Long Point Road, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Long Point is a very large county operated camping facility that handles both RVs and tent campers. The entrance to the campgound is 2.5 miles from the Inlet, but there is good surfing closer at Spanish House, which has parking ¼ mile south of Long Point Road on A1A.