Published September 16, 2015
long island , Surf
As California has been enjoying the beginning of El Niño, the East Coast has been stuck in a long flat spell. But we did have a short stretch of small surf over the weekend. In the water we were talking about the WSL and Lower Trestles, and I was claiming that it would be an easy wave to surf. It seems like a perfect ramp of water that you can carve up. I like to think that I’d be a power surfer, throwing big fans of water as I hit the lip and release my fins.
My fellow Ice Tubes rider, George, told me that Lower Trestles wouldn’t be for him because he sees himself more of a hollow big wave guy. Keep in mind that George is saying this with a hinge of sarcasm while we surfed slow, waist-high surf. But George did send me photo proof of his hollow wave skills… We make do with what we had this summer.
Published July 29, 2015
long island , Surf
Tags: heat wave, winter surf
We’re in the middle of a week long heat wave in New York with temps consistently hovering in the high 90’s. Since everyone is sitting around sweating, I thought now would be a good time to share a photo from this past winter. Think of this pic as a reminder to a time when we were all complaining about how cold it was outside. So there hasn’t been much surf lately, big deal. At least the water isn’t freezing. Stay cool this week.
I spent the 4th of July weekend on dry land upstate in Cooperstown, but received text messages from buddies on Long Island saying that there were waves at Gilgo Beach. When I texted back later asking what I had missed, I was told “fun, but nothing special.”
My friend George sent me this photo of the very waves he was describing in his response, jokingly saying “Does this count as head-high?”
If you’re looking to surf Long Island during the summer and get a report of 2′-3′ waves with offshore winds… then you better be out there. If I was home I would have gone and it would have been fun.
Those trusty online wave forecasting sites don’t let you down too often, but this Sunday both Surfline and Magicseaweed were way way off. I went to sleep Saturday night expecting Sunday to be nothing more than blown out surf, but when I woke up it was a totally different story. The Island was getting clean five to six footers, so I texted the crew and we were on it by 7:30am.
Sunday was one of the best days I’ve had on Long Island in a while — compare that to last Wednesday, when there were fun little waist high waves but about 45 other people in the water at 5am… The wave forecasters had it right then, but with a little less than ideal projections I found it a much more enjoyable time.
Published May 3, 2015
long island , Surf
Tags: Gilgo beach, Surf
Warmer weather is finally here. So are the crowds. Winter is over, but the four-wheel driving season has officially begun. The Parks Department must sell a ton of permits, so scenes like this are likely going to become more common as we get deeper into summer. But, I’m enjoying the waist high waves and warm weather while thinking back on colder days when no one else was around.
Published March 30, 2015
long island , Surf
Tags: gilgo, long island, Surf
It’s officially Spring but the phrase I’m hearing most these days is “I’m over being cold.”
The north east had it bad, snow and cold has beaten everyone down, but I was reminded that the name of this blog is Ice Tubes so as long as the waves and the cold keep coming I will keep dealing with freezing headaches.
There were waves for the passed three days. Forget that it snowed all day Saturday, and forget that your wetsuit is never fully dry, just focus on the fact that their are waves now but soon it will be flat and you will wish these three days were back.
Yesterday I sat in front my computer watching the snow fall outside. It was March 5. Hearing reports of good waves I went back and forth on wether or not to make the trip over to the beach. The call to go was made a little late in the day, but we got there with enough time to get a few fun ones.
Winter surf is part of life when you live in New York. Let’s call it a love/hate relationship. You know you’re doing something crazy but that’s part of rush. It’s the rush that helps get you through changing out of your wetsuit as the feeling quickly leaves your fingers.
Published January 26, 2015
ocean , Surf
Today I realized I have never really been to New Jersey. Living on Long Island I’ve driven through New Jersey on my way south or west out of New York. I’ve stopped by to catch a football game, but that’s about it.
When the wind’s blowing out of the west it kills the waves in New York, taking a solid swell and turning it into something useless. Yesterday, the winds were blowing westerly, so for the first time in my life I went looking for surf… In New Jersey.
I found fun waves in New Jersey, and that’s about it. I’m giving the surroundings a pass because it is the middle of winter and this time of year can produce a pretty rough looking beach town. My biggest problem was the crowd. There were only six people out, which you think would make for a mellow atmosphere in the water but that wasn’t the case. I think some of the winter surfers in New Jersey forgot that surfing should be fun. Anyhow, thanks for the waves and warm welcome New Jersey.
Published January 20, 2015
Tags: Bunger, custom, shaping, surfboards
Ice Tubes has finished our first custom surfboards. We’ve been making surfboards from kits for years now, and we even turned an old longboard in to an unusable shortboard.
I copied the outline of these two boards off deigns I found on the internet, but that’s about it. The height, width, and thickness were all a guess on this shaping journey. I had the boards glassed at a local surf shop, Bunger, here in Babylon Village.
The rails are way too square — it feels like your holding books — but having said that I’m still very proud of these two boards. I rode one this afternoon out in Montauk and to my surprise it worked much better then I expected.
Published November 27, 2014
I got up early to meet up with my friend, and found a lot to be thankful for. I hope everyone was able to get a few real nice waves this Thanksgiving.