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Surf Taco, Jersey Shore Boca Soccer Club partner for ’07 season – The Coast Star
May 31, 2007

Surf Taco, Jersey Shore Boca Soccer Club partner for ’07 season

The Coast Star
Published Thursday May 31
(Belmar News)

The Jersey Shore Boca Soccer Club announced today that Surf Taco, a Mexican-themed restaurant chain with six locations throughout the shore area, has renewed its sponsorship of Boca’s U23 summer soccer program for 2007.

Surf Taco has a location in the borough at 1003 Main St.

This is the third consecutive year that the two organizations have renewed their partnership.

Under the terms of the agreement, Boca and Surf Taco will continue to jointly promote their products, services and organizations via various means including electronic and print media, brand recognition, special events, player appearances and direct marketing efforts among other sources.

Owner Rob Nagel with the help of General Manager Shaun Graul opened the first Surf Taco location on Route 35 South in Point Pleasant Beach on Memorial Day weekend in 2001 and a second location on Parker Avenue, in Manasquan in July 2004.

Presently, Surf Taco has grown to six locations throughout the New Jersey shore including Seaside Park, Belmar, Silverton and their newest location in Jackson which opened in April this year.

Graul is a former long-time member of the Jersey Shore Boca Soccer Club and one of the best goalkeepers ever to come out of the shore area. The 1989 Toms River High School East graduate played his collegiate soccer at Kean University and then continued his career professionally with the NJ Stallions of the United Soccer Leagues before retiring from the sport some years back.

“Everyone at Surf Taco is very excited and pleased to renew our support of the Jersey Shore Boca U23 soccer program and to give back to the community.” Mr. Graul said. “We look forward to working again with such an outstanding organization for a third straight year.”

“In addition, I’m also personally thrilled to see the Boca summer soccer program expanding to include a women’s team this year and we are very happy to support this cause” Mr. Graul added. “This is a win-win situation for everyone. We wish all of the team members, staff and coaches the best of success this summer.”

“We are extremely delighted to partner with Surf Taco again in 2007,” Walt Konopka, a member of the Jersey Shore Boca Board of Directors who also runs the Boca U23 summer program stated. “Their ever increasingly popularity here at the jersey shore is growing tremendously as they rapidly become a landmark. Great food and great summer soccer. What a perfect combination.”

The Jersey Shore Boca U23 men’s and women’s teams will participate for the fourth consecutive year as one of the inaugural founding members of the Mid-Atlantic Summer Showcase League (MSSL), a regional summer soccer league specifically designed for collegiate players under the age of twenty-three and is fully sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), the national governing body for adult amateur soccer. The 2007 MSSL season begins on Sunday, June 3rd

Last summer, the Boca U23 men’s team finished with an overall record of 16-5-1 which included a 10 game league unbeaten streak and second place finish in the MSSL regular season and semi-final appearances in both the U23 USASA Regional Tournament and MSSL Cup Championship.

The Jersey Shore Boca Soccer Club has been a fixture in the soccer community since 1978 and is one of the most respected soccer clubs on the East Coast. The Club is celebrating their 29-year anniversary in 2007.

“The folks at Surf Taco have a great vision and have worked very hard to get to where they are today,” Mr. Konopka said. “These traits are very similar to what we have been portraying to our players in our soccer Club for almost thirty years. This renewed partnership could not have been made any better.”

For more information about the Boca U23 program and all other the Jersey Shore Boca programs visit the Club’s official web site at

The Coast Star
Published Thursday May 31