A weeklong summer stay at unrivaled ICONA Diamond Beach in sunny coastal New Jersey isn’t complete without surfing lessons with professional Jack Moore. Whether you’re a family staying in a choice Premium Poolside Suite, or on a couple’s getaway in a peaceful Premium Northside Suite, surfing lessons are only 200 feet away on sandy Diamond Beach.
What to Bring
The essential item to bring is a wetsuit. Water temperatures, regardless of where you’re surfing in North America, can vary. You’ll be spending a lot of time in the water with Jack, the founder, and director of Lifeguard Surf Camp at ICONA, so it’s best to stay warm and dry for the duration of the lesson. Some guests bring their surfboards, but they’re available for $25 for up to four hours. You’ll also want to bring a beach pack filled with sunscreen, towel, and water or sports drink. Ladies will want to bring a strong hair tie, and men will want to wear briefs, bike shorts, or a speedo because baggy swim trunks will only weigh you down. Leave your goggles and glasses in your room, because disposable contacts are the best option in the surf.
Where to Go
Diamond Beach is open to guests of ICONA only, and it’s just steps from your suite. Simply use the beachside exit of the hotel and take the boardwalk down to the beach where you’ll see Jack and his crew. Don’t let the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views, and the warm, sandy beach distract you from riding your first wave!
Studies have shown that surfers spend only eight percent of their time riding waves, so being a quality swimmer is a must, but Jack guarantees that all surfers will successfully do stand-up surfing during their sessions! He has been a pro surfer and certified ocean lifeguard for 40 years. He is CPR, first aid, and open-water rescue trained. Diamond Beach has medium-sized waves, perfect for beginners and learners, and the surf camps are basic, fun, safe, and will undoubtedly be the highlight of your getaway at ICONA Diamond Beach.
When you’re not riding waves and impressing your friends and family, you’ll feel compelled to walk over to the illustrious and delicious Star Beach Bar. Indulge in a crisp brick oven pizza, jumbo crab cake, or their specialty, the Diamond Peach Panini. The Star Beach Bar has live music, million-dollar views, and mouthwatering specialty drinks and buckets–ICONA Diamond Beach has everything you’re looking for in a New Jersey beach getaway!