Catching waves in Margate during 14th Annual Surf for a Cause [photos]

    On a blistering hot day that felt more like Mid-August than September, hundreds of surfers took to the Decatur Avenue Beach in Margate City, New Jersey, Saturday for the 14th Annual Surf for a Cause.

    The event, put on by the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation, aimed to raise money for individuals and organizations battling cancer.

    Dean Randazzo, a professional surfer and Atlantic City native, started the foundation after battling Lymphoma four times throughout his career.

    According to Shaun Smith of the Dean Randazzo Foundation, an estimated 180 surfers took part in the competitions. There were 11 divisions ranging from “Groms,” age 11 and under, to “Legends,” age 45 and over.

    “It’s all for fun,” said Kirk Battles, a South Jersey native who participated in the open longboard division.

    The Dean Randazzo Foundation was founded in 2001 and donates 90 percent of of its funds to individuals and organizations including the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Jersey Cape Regional Cancer Center.

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