Practices and Contests

When is the season?

We have two seasons, the fall and spring.  Fall team members are eligible to compete for Northeast Regional and potentially National events.  Spring is more of a developmental season.

When are practices?

Practices will be held after school.

Where are practices?

Practices are held in Long Branch.

How do students get to and from practice?

Students are required to get themselves there.  Transportation will not be provided.

Will there be practices if there is no surf?

Yes, team members will still run, swim, and other types of physical activity.

How often are practices?

Practices are held every day after school.

When are contests?

Contests are typically after school.  There is one contest in October that will be held over a weekend.

Who does the team compete against?

Other high schools in the northeast division of the NSSA.

How are the contests structured?

Each school team has multiple teams.  Therefore, RFH will have an A team, B team, C team, D team, etc.  The A, B, and C teams will each have 6 male shortboarders, 2 female shortboarders, and 1 longboarder.  This structure is determined by NSSA, and not the school or coach.

If I don’t participate in practices can I still surf in contests?

Generally speaking, the students who practice more have a much better chance of improving throughout the season, and therefore may have a better ability to compete.


Do I need my own equipment?

Yes.  The team does not provide any equipment.

Do I need to be able to surf?

Is it best if you have the ability catch waves on your own.

Will there be tryouts?

Yes.  But everyone is welcome to try out.   If you’re not sure, please come anyway!  Tryouts will be in the summer.

Are shortboarders only welcome?

Longboarders are also welcome.   At this time, there is no division for bodyboards, as there is no NSSA bodyboard division.

How is the team structured?

The team is structured as a club, but athletes are eligible for varsity letters.

Can I participate in other fall sports?

Yes.  However, please discuss with your other team coach before committing.

How many students will be on the team?

It is estimated that there will be approximately 30 athletes on the team.

What other high schools in NJ and NY have a surf team?

Long Beach, Mainland, Manasquan, Middle Township, Morristown Beard, Ocean City, St. Augustine, Southern Regional, Wall, Atlantic City, Pt. Beach, Pt. Boro, St. Rose, Donovan Catholic, Holy Spirit, CBA, and Shore are some of the other schools that have a surf team.

If we qualify for the NSSA championships where do we travel to?

Salt Creek in Orange County, CA.  The RFH Surf Team participated in the national championships in 2017.


How is the team funded?

The Surf Team is 100% self-funded.  RFH is not responsible for any costs associated with the team.  Therefore, students are asked to pay a Student Fee.

What is the estimated cost?

It is estimated that the Student Fee for the Fall 2020 season will be $395.

What if financial circumstances prohibit a student from paying the Student Fee?

No student will be denied a spot for financial reasons.  Please contact the Booster Club directly to make alternative arrangements at rfhsurfteam@gmail.com.

Do team members have any specific obligations?

Team members are encouraged, but not required, to participate in fund raising activities.

What are some of the costs covered by the Student Fee?

Coaches, lifeguards, venue costs, judges, contest fees, and NSSA membership are some of the major costs.


Who will be present at practices?

There is a head coach, an assistant coach, as well as CPR certified lifeguards.  The RFH coach and assistant coach are also RFH teachers.

Do I have to take a physical?


Sponsorship Opportunities

Can I be an individual sponsor?

Yes, the Booster Cub is a registered 501( c)3.  Memberships to the Booster Club are $500 per year, per family.  This is a separate contribution and is not in any way in lieu of the Student Fee.  Of course, any amount is welcome. Please direct any inquiries to rfhsurfteam@gmail.com.

Can I be a corporate/business sponsor?

The RFH Surf Team is looking for local and national sponsors.   Business and Corporate sponsors that contribute over $500 will have their logo featured on the RFH Surf Team website, and if a flag, banner, etc., is provided (up to 3' x 5'), will also be featured at all of our contests.   All donations are made through the Booster Club, which is a registered 501( c) (3). Please contact rfhsurfteam@gmail.com.

Are non-cash donations welcome?

Yes!  Please contact rfhsurfteam@gmail.com.

National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA)

What is the NSSA?

The NSSA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and assist its members in their interest to learn and develop the fundamentals and skills of surfing competition while competing in structured and quality events.

The NSSA promotes the qualities of discipline and competitive excellence while supporting the merits of academic achievement to young surfers. The NSSA strives to provide a fun surfing experience for all of its members.

The NSSA is one of the few national youth sports organizations that require its participants to maintain academic standards in order to compete.  Since 1978, the NSSA program philosophy has been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand.

More than 80 NSSA events are run nationwide that culminate with the annual National Championships which is regarded as the highest profile youth surfing event in America.

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