Jon Coen
Black Sails Publications

Tuckerton, NJ, –
After a tremendous turn out in 2010, Black Sails Publications again brings together four of the Jersey Shore's most celebrated surf photographers. On July 22, 2011 Bruce Chrisner, Donald Cresitello, Seth Stafford, and (returning from Florida) Dick 'Mez' Meseroll, will come together to present their work in a series of narrated slideshows at the Tuckerton Seaport's New Jersey Surfing Museum, 120 West Main Street (Rt. 9) Tuckerton, NJ, at 7:00 pm.

Last year, this event was a far bigger success than anyone could have predicted, bringing a record-breaking 500+ people to the museum, ranging from the celebrated surf legends to "groms" learning about the state's waveriding heritage. This year, the slideshows will be outside, to accommodate the entire crowd.

Slideshows are a time-honored tradition in surfing. In decades past, surfers would gather at BBQ's, rec halls, and VFW's to see the visual work of their local lensman. This event brings back the spirit of those days. The slideshows will be accompanied by the photographer's colorful narration. This year, three new photographers will dust off old slides and fresh digital images that show decades of waves from Cape May to Sandy Hook.

Bruce Chrisner, a native of Freehold, started shooting while in Japan with the US Navy in 1975, and honed both his photography and surfing skills in San Diego. He returned to New Jersey and eventually was taken under the wing of Meseroll. They painted houses together and documented the early 80s. Spending winters snowboarding in New England, he eventually took a job as a surf industry rep, a title he still carries. Chrisner got back into photography when he switched to digital two years ago.

Seth Stafford grew up in West Chester, PA and fell in love with the ocean on Long Beach Island. Stafford starting shooting surf photos in 1999, and by 2003 was a staff photographer at Transworld Surf Magazine. Today, he co-owns Yum Yum's Ice Cream shop in Sea Isle City and travels the globe shooting the best surfers in the world.

Donald Cresitello, a native of Morristown, NJ, summered in Manasquan as a kid and started shooting surfing in 1995. He really developed his style while attending the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida and working as intern and Assistant Photo Editor at Eastern Surf Magazine, also under Mez. Today, he is a coastal engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers, and continues to submit to the major mags.

Anchoring the evening will be Dick 'Mez' Meseroll, a photojournalist of 39 years. The Point Pleasant native's photos began to put NJ on the map and his travel documentation went worldwide in the 1970s. In 1989, he moved to Florida to start Eastern Surf Magazine. After serving 15 years as photo editor, he remains co-owner, with partner Tom Dugan. This year, ESM celebrates its 20th year in publication. ( He will present a special anniversary slideshow.

Intercourse Brewing Company has again come on as the title sponsor. Intercourse is an independent brewer named for the village of Intercourse in Lancaster, PA. Available through Kramer Beverages all over South Jersey, they offer four handcrafted brews and were named to Maxim Magazine's "25 Best New Beers." First released three years ago, this young company is already involved locally with a men's baseball team, a cycling team, and various charities. Beer will be sold for $3.50.

“Just as we love what we do (and brew), we are advocates of a strong work ethic and realize the impact of support within the community. That's why we stand behind our friends and neighbors who are just as passionate about their calling as we are about ours," says owner, Nicole Courides.

The Tuckerton Seaport, a working maritime village, is located along the Tuckerton Creek. This one-of-a-kind attraction brings the Jersey Shore's maritime traditions of the past and present to life through people, exhibits and hands-on activities. The New Jersey Surfing Museum, celebrating the Shore's waterman heritage, opened on the premises May, 2010 and has been wildly successful.

Dinner will also be available from the grill – a choice of local seafood and produce from Mud City Crabhouse. There will be time to eat before the slideshows at dark. This is a family friendly event. 21 with valid ID to drink.

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