Thank you to everyone that came out to Surfrider’s 80′s dance party!! It was a HUGE success, the costumes were killer and we raised some $ for the water testing program in Rockaway. E-mail email@example.com to get involved.
We currently do not have a consistent, year-round source for water quality information for our New York surfing beaches, so Surfrider NYC has stepped up to fill that void. Soon there will be a widget on the chapter's website, so you can now check the surf report and the water report before you hop on the subway and head for the beach. While we're starting off with Rockaway, we hope this will be an indicator for the quality at nearby beaches. If you're interested in helping out with water sampling please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surfrider is hosting a BIG fundraiser this Saturday specifically to support the water testing program, so please come out to support this project and the people behind the scenes who care (tickets). Each ticket sold will fund 3-4 water tests. Here's a sneak peek of “the lab,” currently housed at Smallwater HQ in Rockaway.
The Surfrider x Barefoot Wine dune building project was an amazing day! The local surf community and friends came out to Far Rockaway to help the Parks Department set old xmas trees in place to serve as the base of a future dune. Set up in parallel lines, running at an angle along the beach, sand will eventually build up over the mounds and create some all-natural dunes to protect local communities against future storms and rising sea levels.
Modeling the brand new Surfrider tees, made from recycled plastic bottles.
He wanted to be “just a surfer, not a star.” I wonder if he's okay with being a legend. In preparation for his visit to NYC for Patagonia's screening of Uncharted Waters, surfer Wayne Lynch was kind enough to answer a few questions. Come to the screening on Thursday, but grab a ticket in advance! And then tell him why he should try surfing in NY for the first time.
What did you love most about surfing when you were first getting into it and what do you appreciate most about it now?
From a very young age, I was always fascinated with the creative potential of riding waves on all types of crafts, as time went by it became more a sense of freedom and a way of life with unique opportunities to explore surfboard design and surf in wild and beautiful places.
How does what you ride today compare to what you started on?
The boards now are so different, its almost incomparable to the old days, the refinement in surfboard design for a person who hasn't lived through it is almost impossible to understand, the boards back then where so much bigger, heavier and cumbersome. Even during the refining process of the late 60's, the rocker lines and bottom shapes, were still nothing like we ride today. Right now the performance potential of the modern surfboard is so far beyond anything that went before.
How were you a “conscientious objector”?
I'm a conscientious objector to any war that is not necessary to fight, especially a politically motivated one, which Vietnam was.
Patagonia has chosen you for obvious reasons, but why do you choose to align with the brand?
I initially was drawn to Patagonia way back in the late 80's and admired the way they used very uncontrived marketing, and their products were made of organic and recycled materials, to me this was the direction the whole surf industry should've taken.
Surfing, sailing….why do you think you gravitate toward the ocean?
l've always felt so comfortable in the ocean, its a place I can truly relax and be myself, surfing and sailing seem to interact so perfectly with each other.
How have health issues changed your perspective and what you do?
I always choose to live as positively as I can, it's let me appreciate more than ever the life I've lived, and still live today and the time I have with family and friends.
How often are you in/on the water?
Not often enough, as family and work commitments are so demanding these days.
How would you compare US surf culture and Australia surf culture?
I think that in America, people are far more aware of surfing history, and have a deeper appreciation of those people who have made contributions to it.
Have you surfed much in NY? From up close or afar, what do you think about it?
No I have never surfed here before, sorry I can't help you here..!! But I have seen some nice looking uncrowded surf in the old days at Montauk or Long island area.
What do you hope is the impact of Uncharted Waters on an individual?
That it might inspire people in a positive way, in regard to there own surfing and lives.
You can also sign up to be a Surfrider member at the event and current members can volunteer – e-mail email@example.com.
You had me at s’mores, but conserving marine life too?! Sweeet. Join the Sea Shepherd NYC in saving the oceans. Seems like a lot on the plate, so they might need your help! Monday, August 13, 2012. 7-11pm. V-Spot, 156 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Brooklyn, that’s like another planet!! Nah, getting there is easy, take the D, N, R to Union Street, the 2,3,4 to Bergen Street or the B,Q to 7 Avenue. Tickets are $20 per person.
Balancing City / Sea since 2011 / NYC Urchin
“WAX is a bi-annual print publication exploring the intersection of art, culture and surfing in and around New York City. We believe that beauty and meaning can be found on sidewalks, boardwalks, skyscrapers and beaches alike. We’re interested in exploring the rich history of New York surfing, its beaches and residents and in finding a pathway of cultural creativity on and off the break…Each issue is organized around a unique theme, debuting with Issue #1: Dialogues in Spring 2012.”
Balancing City / Sea since 2011 / NYC Urchin