Kiernan Surfing Association

Chilly Willy

Well-Known Member
Feb 15, 2004
USA New Jersey
Here's a little bit of local NJ surf culture I thought was worth mentioning.

A new plaque was recently erected in Long Branch commemorating the Kiernan Surfing Association. For those who have never heard of it -- which would include me before this past Sunday -- Kiernan was apparently one of the only places in that area to surf in the Long Branch area back in the 60s (besides the Sandy Hook cove). To make a long story short, the surfers worked out a deal to lease the land and then have the beach self-regulated by surfers to be a surfing only beach. My father-in-law was telling me some tales about it and showed off his old Kiernan admission patch (see below).

A story from last year on it:

Pretty interesting. Any old timers have stories about it?

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Well-Known Member
Apr 2, 2014
Virginia Beach, VA
Well...I was a member and it may have been in '68. I would have been 18 years old and living in Little Silver, all I did was surf there. I never partied there and I really don't have any cool stories. I think all the cool stuff happened before I was a member.
I knew many of the guys mentioned in the article. I hung out at Minder's Weber Shop, knew Chuck Kunes, Vinny Troniec and of course, Bill Minder. I was friendly with Teddy Brantly, who was a wild man and Tommy Eadon. Tommy made me some amazing boards as well as being one of the ushers in my wedding. He made the board that I used in medium to small Hawaiian surf. Everyone who saw it was really impressed and I got many questions about it.
The Kiernan patch was widely known in surfing circles. The trunks I had when I lived in Hawaii had the patch and people there recognized it and may even have been impressed (who knows).