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Stoked At The Cape Cod Longboard Surfing Classic – A Photo Essay

Written by Brian Tarcy

WELLFLEET – “Stoked.” If our interpreted definition is correct, we feel confident in saying that every time we attend the Cape Cod Longboard Surfing Classic, we are stoked.

LongboardWe at Cape Cod Wave have met enough surfers now that we think we understand almost all of what the word “stoked” means. But unless we actually learn to ride a wave on a board, we are sure we will never fully understand. It’s just one of those things. (See Whitecrest Beach Summer Haze)

There are lots of those things that people are passionate about, but surfing somehow seems different. This belief could be attributed to a romantic Beach Boys-tinged bias from our past, but it feels more tied to conversations we’ve had with almost every Cape Cod surfer we have met in the last three years.

(See Edward Gurnett – Surfing Pundit)

As far as we are concerned, surfers have mythical wave-chasing powers, Plus, their talk of their love of every breath of life is beyond any others we have ever met.

Cape Cod Wave has two favorite events that we hope to attend every year. One is the Christmas Cavalcade, a musician’s party organized by Chandler Travis. It raises money for the homeless, and it features many of Cape Cod’s most brilliant musicians.

Our other favorite event, of course, is the Longboard Surfing Classic, which was held Sunday at Whitecrest Beach. The Longboard Classic raises money for the Kenney Norton Scholarship Fund for Nauset High School students, as well as for the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod.

The event, which features about 150 surfers competing in 10 categories, raises more than money. It raises surfers onto waves, and it raises spirits. In fact, everyone that we saw – surfers and spectators – appeared to be stoked.

From 2014 – A-Mung The Happy Surfers

From 2013 – Poetic Beach Boys Go Surfing

All Cape Cod Wave Surfing Stories


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— Brian Tarcy



About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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Brian is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan with a long-running NFL predictions/political satire column connecting weekly world events to the fate of his favorite team, now at

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