I heard from a Babylon Town employee that Ocean Parkway is set to reopen today. The parkway has been under construction since early November following Superstorm Sandy, but all of that looks to be behind us now. We should be able to look forward to having two lanes of traffic moving in BOTH directions.
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Tags: Ocean Parkway, superstorm sandy
Tags: Ocean Parkway, superstorm sandy
Ocean Parkway was damaged during Superstorm Sandy. To the point where most of south side has been closed. It’s been a slow go in the recovery process – homeowners waiting for insurance checks that just don’t seem to becoming and many of the beaches are simply “closed.”
But for the past few months they have been working 24 hours a day six days a week to repair and reopen Ocean Parkway and Robert Moses State Park. Large earth moving trucks are transporting sand from Cedar Beach all along the damaged areas of the beach. The new dune is now an impressive 18′ wide wall of sand. Top soil, beach grass, and shrubs are being planted to help sure up the dunes.
It’s great to see this progress.
Tags: Gilgo beach, winter surfing
My sister filmed this small day on Long Island in February 2012. I think it was for a school project. That’s my brother Chris suiting up and getting ready for a surf at Gilgo Beach. The Red Bull pounding must be for theatrics, as I’ve never seen him consume an energy drink before. Long Island can get big and good during the winter, but 95% of the time it looks like this. The video is entertaining enough, and the soundtrack will be stuck in your head all day!
***”iSkysoft” is a program that lets you rip files from a disc and my sister used it so that’s why you see it on the top left of this entire video. Lo siento***
Tags: 631 Long Island, Briefkase Boyz
An instant South Shore classic from BriefKase Boyz.
Tags: Joel Parkinson, small wave surfing, tow-in
Saw Sunset Shapers tweet this out today. Small wave tow-in surfing would be perfect for Long Island and San Francisco summers. I think a clam boat could generate enough speed to get into an ankle sized wave at Gilgo Beach come mid-July. A Zodiac would be good for Ocean Beach (brave driver needed). Rad vid Parko.
Tags: Crosley, surfmobile
This colorful little beauty is a Crosley, a fuel-efficient American car manufactured in the 1940s and early 1950s, and it was way ahead of its time.
Back in 1941 a gallon of gas cost $0.19, and the Crosley could get 50 miles per gallon. That type of MPG would get you on a surf trip from San Francisco to Santa Barbara for a cool $1.25 (roughly).
The small size of the Crosley makes it tough to fit boards in the back, but the roof is easily accessible and with boards strapped to the top you can fit more buddies inside the car. With four friends going on the Santa Barbara surf tip you’d be able to make the voyage for less than $0.35 a person.
While the perfect surfmobile is and always will be a bicycle, the Crosley is a close second.
My dad saw this Crosley and sweet kayak in a grocery store parking lot on Long Island.
Tags: Mini Simmons, shorebreak
I’ve wanted a Mini Simmons style board for a longtime. In fact, I ordered a custom shape way back in January and in timely fashion….I got it on October 1st.
This past Wednesday (10/3) on Long Island was waste high with supper foggy conditions, but I figured I had waited long enough to get this little 5’3″ boogie board looking thing that I’d take it out for a try. Here are some shots from that session.
My review: the board worked great in less-than-epic surf. It’s fast and made small Long Island shorebreak worth the effort of going to the beach. Life’s too short to not mix up the boards in your quiver, and these funky shapes are starting to stick with me.
Tags: air, east gilgo, Gilgo beach, scott warburton
Fall has been real good to Long Island with solid fun surf on a weekly basis. Here are some shots taken of fellow Long Island surfer, Scott Warburton, killing it out at East Gilgo. Photos taken on 9/19/12.
Keep an eye on the wind tomorrow morning, if it goes north it could be fun.
Tags: Gilgo beach, surfing
That’s it people. Summer is over. It’s not a bad thing. September may just be the nicest time to be a surfer on Long Island. The air and water are about the same temp. The crowds are starting to fade, and waves have seem to take their place.
This past Wednesday I took full advantage of the end of Summer. I surfed head high clean waves until dark. And who doesn’t enjoy a yellow Fall sky.
September is a unique month for surfing in New York. The water temp is 70 degrees. The air temp is 70 degrees. The water is a lovely shade of green. The waves are pumping from the energy of an offshore storm. And all the tough guys have deserted the beaches until next summer.