Saturday, September 16
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
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
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
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.)
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.
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.
Reserve your spot
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
All You Need to Know About Regular Joe
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.
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!)
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.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Online Registration is over Friday Afternoon
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.