What makes NY surfing special?
New Yorkers in general are a proud group of people. We love our city, even those who live in the 'burbs. That pride holds true for NY surfers. Our lineups are filled with people that are proud to be surfers and New Yorkers.
What makes these shorts special?
Everything about the shorts makes them special. We paid close attention to get all the details just right. The cut and colors are beautiful and they are comfortable and functional. My favorite thing is that they will be 100% Made in NYC.
How can someone help and what do they get?
We offered a bunch of different rewards for backers. Our favorite is “The Party Animal” which gets a backer a pair of Brooklyn Surf Shorts and an invite to our launch party that will be epic. If you like the idea but you don't love the shorts you can also pledge anything more than $1 to help us get closer to our goal. Emailing this post to your friends, tweeting, Facebooking and just getting the word out also helps.
(FYI the Kickstarter was a success and you can buy these in July!)
What's the most exciting part about starting a company in NY?
For an apparel item, the ability to work closely with so many great craftsmen right in your backyard was a really fun and educational process. I feel like I've learned so much in the last few months while working on Brooklyn Surf Shorts.
What's the hardest?
The hardest part about launching a business in New York is that there is so much happening here it's really hard to get noticed at first. I've been lucky to find some great advocates – like NYCUrchin – to help me get my message out.
Favorite place to surf in NY and why there?
As a grom I grew up surfing Long Beach which was great since I am a goofy and Long Beach has a lot of really fun lefts off their jetties. I think my favorite is Pacific.
What's on your summer bucket list?
I'm turning 30 in September and I really want to spend my birthday in Montauk and surf Ditch Plains.