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Published on August 22nd, 2013 | by Soraya Robideaux

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And that’s the STOKE

When this correspondent was asked if she would like to write for the NSB Observer, she was more than happy to say “YES!” I did want to yield the “power of the pen,” so to say. Instantly, I found myself wanting to keep readers updated by writing about a very important subject, “STOKE.”

My first STOKE Check brings me directly to the Gnarly Charley Grom Surf Series. Seven years and running in the STOKE department, this surf series has had its share of articles in the various periodicals in the Volusia County area. The message is always the same; Charley Hajek keeps the kids off the streets. He teaches them the insides of competitive surfing, sportsmanship and keeping a winning attitude. The family units that attend reinforce the entire formula. To quote Charley from his latest July article, “How much trouble can they get into in the ocean?”

Since I cannot possibly write anything new about this surf series, I will update readers on the remaining summer schedule as the competitors race to the finale, building their points along the way.  I have been informed that the points are close in all categories. If you haven’t attended an event yet, you should put it on your calendar as a great family day at the beach.

STOKE is indeed alive and well in Volusia County and all you have to do is drive to the beach to see it. You are even encouraged to join the fun. I promise, you won’t regret this STOKE Check.

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About the Author

I am a 47-year-old ambassador of stoke. I have a degree in design and marketing. My passion for surf has lead me in many amazing directions but my heart will always be in New Smyrna Beach where it all began. I believe in chasing your dreams and never giving up!



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