I’ve had the opportunity to cover every Smith Optics Garden State Grudge Match since 2002. Rob Cloupe, who I have known since I was a kid, came up with this progression-oriented, man-on-man, winner-take-all event and saw it through during a very important time in New Jersey surfing. It was an awesome event that really highlighted New Jersey’s best surfers and gave me fantastic story lines for the last ten years. I covered it for Surfing, Surfline, ESM, the Press of AC, and N’East mag over the years and established great relationships with these surfer. This is truly the end of an era. My final Grudge Match story is live at EasternSurf.com There’s another story in today’s Press of Atlantic City.