January's Surf Expo 2014 in Florida was by all accounts a great event, made even better with the induction of NJ's own Dean Randazzo into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, along with 9 other deserving new members.
Dean's Induction ceremony bio read as follows:
"An extraordinary athlete with multiple high level placings while competing in the ESA and NSSA. Dean was also a top performer on the NSSA national team. A series of strong performances on the PSAA and Bud Tour in the late eighties early nineties, then qualiﬁed him for the WCT world tour in 92/93 which he completed without a major sponsor … a feat nearly unheard of today. Was diagnosed with cancer a couple years later. Through pure perseverance he beat that and after created a new foundation to support those in need of ﬁnancial help after being diagnosed. Four times he has had to battle back himself from relapses and then last year helped organize and participated in the Paddle for a Cause, a 22 mile paddle a round Absecon Island. A truly inspiration ﬁgure. Clearly no one has done more to make surﬁng a viable career for the Jersey Pro surfer than Dean."
Besides his incredible work with the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation, Dean is busy these days with his new shop in Atlantic City, Jersey Devil Surf. We congratulate Dean, and look forward to many more years of seeing and surfing with "The Dazzler"!