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Watch Out for Spearfishermen in the Lineup

ocean beach spear fisherman

This seems crazy. I know almost nothing about spearfishing, but would assume that good visibility in the water is a necessity for identifying a fish and being able to propel a spear directly towards it. I’ve opened my eyes during plenty of duck dives at Ocean Beach and didn’t see much more than the nose of my board. There wasn’t anyone surfing when this guy slowly made his way into the ocean, although three people did paddle out once the spearfisherman made it past the break. I felt I should have told the surfers about the guy snorkeling around them with a really sharp projectile object, but I guess that’s just part of the fun of surfing Ocean Beach.

New Jersey


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.


Delayed gratification in Santa Barbara, California

santa barbara beach

On a Saturday in July I drove down to Santa Barbara with my wife. She was attending a wedding shower and I was along for the ride. We had one packed bag for an overnight stay with friends, a 5-foot surfboard, wetsuit, and a handplane. We stopped at a lovely little Mexican bakery on the way down CA-101 and loaded up on sugary bread and watered down coffee. Our car pulled in to Santa Barbara early in the afternoon. We met up with friends, bought a disposable camera and made some memories.

There is something nice about the quality of photos developed from a disposable. They achieve the filters we desire so much on our digital photos just by doing nothing. But most importantly they provide us with the highly unusual feeling of delayed gratification as we wait to see if the photo was in deed a good one or if we had placed our finger over the lens while shooting (although I’ll argue that the finger in front of the lens produce more raw of a photo..)

Anyway, here are some moments captured with a disposable in Santa Barbara, California:


wetsuit drying

girls and wine

muni wine

ciji and doug

girls planning

ca 101

Shark Tracking

This past weekend I was hanging with a group of open water swimmers, and they started talking about great white sharks in the waters off Long Island. I’ve always known there are sharks throughout the north Atlantic – recently I’ve read the reports of sharks along the shores of Cape Cod – but here on Long Island I thought the only place you would cross paths with something as big as a great white would be miles and miles out at sea. Turns out I might be wrong.

The swimmers told me to check out a website called OCEARCH. The site lets you “observe the navigational pattern of sharks that have been tagged with satellite tracking technology all for the purpose of shark conservation.”


So, chances are there are sharks swimming in and around the waters you like to surf. It shouldn’t freak you out, really, but it’s still a little unnerving to know that you’re treading water with big toothy creatures.

As OCEARCH importantly notes, “sharks play a crucial role of maintaining balance in the delicate oceanic ecosystem as they have an effect on all levels in the food web below them. Unfortunately sharks are being slaughtered every day putting the shark at risk for survival. The navigational and migratory data being collected from OCEARCH will be used to support and devise successful conservation and management strategies which will affect policy for global change.”

Good Morning Sunshine

Winter waves are fun but dark winter mornings can be brutal. Sometimes, no matter how good the waves are, you just need some sun in the sky to provide a little warmth and comfort. The other day I got in the water at 6am while the sun was rising and clean waste high waves rolled in one after the other. Summer surf may bring the crowds but it also brings something that we’ve been missing here in New York the past five months – sunny mornings like yesterday. Hope you got out there.



Port Wine Cheese Board

surfing on port wine

port wine cheese

Humans Kill 11,417 Sharks Per Hour For Soup

A statistic so disturbing it takes eight graphics to compile just one infographic. Finning’s for fools.

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Originally posted on For All The Ocean Lovers, seen by me on Beer and Pork.

Ocean Parkway Is Open

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.

Frederick Knob To The Pacific Ocean

frederick knob ocean beach

The elevations in this town are crazy. Walk 20 seconds and you’re 50 ft higher from where you just were. On a clear day – a really clear day – you can see the Pacific Ocean from the top of Frederick Knob where it meets Buena Vista Park.

Rebuilding Ocean Parkway Post Sandy



Post Sandy

Post 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.

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