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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.

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Fresh Boards

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.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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.

Sunsetting The Summer In Montauk

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Summer is officially over, and we have now unofficially kicked off “light jacket” season. But two weekends ago out in Montauk it was still summer – both in terms of sun and the quality of waves that we’ve been experiencing for the past 3 months.

My brother was visiting from San Francisco for the second time this summer, and for the second time we scored good waves. There was nothing special about the spot we surfed – it was simply walking distance from the house we were staying at and with no parking lots nearby crowds were nonexistent.

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Dear Hurricane Cristobal, Thank you. Love, Long Island.

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At about the same time that the west coast was enjoying the spoils of hurricane Marie, the east coast felt the energy of its third hurricane of the season… Cristobal.

While it didn’t bring as much surf media attention as Marie seemed to bring, Cristobal delivered with 4-foot overhead surf that I was both excited, and a to be honest, a little scared about. Keep in mind that this is New York, and a 10-foot wave isn’t all too common an occurrence.

Cristobal generated our best swell of the season, easily, and it was about as big and good as Gilgo Beach could handle.

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Tuesday During Summer

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Summer continues to deliver fun waves. If you’re not up early on Long Island, you’re really missing out. Here’s a quick shot from this morning.

Surfing Before The Sun Comes Up

Do you wake up early to surf? For the past three days I have been getting to the beach right before the sun came up, and it’s paid off. Summertime always means a more crowded lineup, and unless you’re still in school you have to go to work all day, so heading out for these pre-dawn patrol surfs seems like the way to go.

Long Island got solid shoulder high waves for the past three days, and I was on it early for all three of them. Waking up at 5am isn’t easy, but the pay off can be worth it.

Hurricane Arthur

A hurricane in July is an uncommon thing for the East Coast, but this past Fourth saw the first named storm of the season – Arthur. He brought fun waste to chest high surf in the early morning and like a flip of the switch went well overhead around 6pm. The photo below came from a Fire Island crew that is tight lipped about where it’s breaking.

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Summer Waves

It’s summer time in the North East, which means massive wind-swell surf. Waves with such power you might think twice before jumping in!  Ok… it really means ankle high surf until those hurricanes starting churning down south.  In the meantime get your longboards out and start working on your style.

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Long Beach At Long Last

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Long Beach is only a few miles west of my home break Gilgo Beach, but it’s a totally different vibe. Gilgo is a barrier beach. Just a sliver of sand with a few residential homes lining the bay side. The parking lot is fairly empty this type of year, and when you’re in the water there’s noting staring back at you except for a couple seagulls and rooftops peeking over the sand dunes.

Long Beach on the other hand has a real urban feel. There’s no parking lot with high school kids in toll booths collecting parking fees. You park on the street and you get in to your wetsuit on the street. 6:30am, towel around my waist, I chatted with two guys who were still making their way home from the night before. Friendly guys with opinions on the wave quality. From the water you look back at high-rise apartments, condos, hotels and a beautifully rebuilt boardwalk.

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I surfed at the Lincoln Blvd jetty solely because it’s where a Surfline cam is situated. Lincoln is a good wave and the breaks are more spread out then I thought. It doesn’t break just off the Jetty, which is good for not creating a crowded takeoff spot. I’m sorry it took me so long to drive the extra 15 minutes to find out what a good wave Long Island has in Long Beach.

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