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.
Published August 2, 2014
Tags: vans us open of surfing
But, so is Everybody Loves Raymond… Wonder who tuned into which?
Published July 29, 2014
long island , Surf
Tags: Gilgo beach
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.
Published July 21, 2014
long island , Surf
Tags: dawn patrol, Surf
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.
Published July 15, 2014
Art , Surf
Tags: chris del moro, diy cooler
Surfer and citizen of the world, Chris Del Moro, is pretty handy when it comes to breathing life into would-be trashed coolers. Without having to purchase more plastic products, Del Moro took this old lidless cooler and made it better than before with a well-fashioned wooden cutting board top and sealed in the coolness with a used yoga mat. Check out his Instagram account if you want to say, “What am I doing with my life?”
Published July 10, 2014
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.
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.
Don’t know if the penguin is still up (or why anyone would take it down), but I took this picture by the stairs leading up to Clayton street off the N train stop at Carl and Cole. This is a fairly popular skate spot for jumping the stairs and catching a bit of this ledge too. Would make for a real cool shot if you had someone doing an ollie over the stairs with the penguin below.
Zoomed in it says, “In memory of Arnold. Made by finch”.
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.
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.
Check this sweet little barrel we discovered in Golden Gate Park. No need for sunscreen when you get as covered as Ciji does.