Dean Randazzo

2003

Coming out to California was like traveling to the moon

“The SURFER Interview with Dean Randazzo,” by Chris Mauro, ran in the October 2003 issue of SURFER. Randazzo was 34. This version has been slighted shortened and edited.

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How far removed did Jersey feel from the surfing world when you grew up there?

It wasn’t even in the realm of what you’d consider a surfing environment. As far as everyone else was concerned, the chance of someone coming out of Jersey and doing well in surfing was about as likely as somebody coming off Lake Michigan...