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Interviews, Local, Surf Movies

“A Hundred Miles to The End” – A Long Island Surf Film

July 23rd, 2013 by Tom LaGrassa

I had the privilege of interviewing John Beattie, the man behind the surf film “A Hundred Miles to The End,” which premiered last Saturday night at Long Beach Public Library. This past winter, John gave me a sneak preview of a rough cut of his film and I was pleasantly surprised by the overall emotional connection I felt as I watched the footage. I grew up surfing Gilgo Beach in the early ’70s and spent a good part of my summers cruising to Montauk to surf the uncrowded breaks, that today (some 40 plus years later), I consider my home break. Though I’m a lifelong surfer, I knew there was something more to this film than just raw surf footage. More »

Events, Local, Surf Movies

SMASH FEST 1 Schedule

July 22nd, 2013 by John Zanussi

This four-day event will span the NY area, from NYC to Rockaway, to Long Beach, and Montauk. The Film Festival is a  profit-sharing surf film festival for independent filmmakers.  Profits from screenings will be shared with each filmmaker, allowing  an opportunity for directors and producers to help recoup the costs for their hard work on each film. More »

Events, Local, Surf Movies

“A Hundred Miles to the End” Premiere Hosted by SMASH

June 25th, 2013 by John Zanussi

SMASH Productions LLC is stoked to announce that SMASH FEST 1 will play host to the world premiere of the New York surfing epic, ‘A Hundred Miles to the End,’ a film directed and produced by John Beattie. The premiere will take place on Saturday, July 13th at 7PM at the Long Beach Public Library in Long Beach, NY. After suffering a debilitating stroke in 2007, John Beattie made a strong recovery but was left unable to continue his lifelong love of surfing. Through film, John has been able to reconnect with his passion. ‘A Hundred Miles to the End’ follows John from Long Beach to Montauk as he rediscovers surfing, as it exists today, in the different surfing communities throughout Long Island, NY. More »

Local, Surf Movies

“A Hundred Miles To The End” // A Long Island Surf Film

April 22nd, 2013 by Samantha Rupert

Surfers are amazing creatures. No matter what life throws their way, surfers are characteristically unfazed by setbacks and they never give up. Long Island native John Beattie was a lifelong surfer up until 2007 when he suffered a stroke. Due to residual weakness in his arms and legs, Beattie had to retire his surfboard. Instead, he picked up his camera and began to document his irrevocable love for surfing. More »

Events, Local

NY Loves NY // A Sandy Fundraiser

March 22nd, 2013 by John Zanussi

Tomorrow night a friend of mine is hosting a very great fundraiser to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy victims. The event doesn’t have much to do with surfing but as you all should know we’re based out of Long Island and a lot of our friends and loved ones were effected by the storm this past October. The fundraiser will take place at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria, Queens and along with great drink specials there will be a silent art auction, great raffles and more. The best part, a good amount of the proceeds will be donated to a handful of local charities. More »

Events, Local

The Heart & The Sea // New York Premiere

March 12th, 2013 by John Zanussi

This weekend SMASH Productions is hosting the New York Premier of Nathan Oldfield’s The Heart & Sea at Anthonology Film Archives in NYC. SMASH always puts on excellent events and this one should be no different. If you’re in the NY area and want to attend the event keep reading for all the details. More »

Features, Food & Drink, Local

Hurricane Sandy Relief Beer // Surge Protector IPA

January 10th, 2013 by Samantha Rupert

As everyone knows, Hurricane Sandy devastated the south shore of Long Island. It washed away homes, stores, churches and even breweries. Barrier Brewing Companyin Oceanside, N.Y. took a heavy beating after Sandy. Once a popular microbrewer, Barrier had to shut down. Its barrels were overturned and the machinery was inoperable. But here’s something you might not know. The beer brewing community on Long Island is probably as close knit as our surfing community. An idea by local beer writer Niko Krommydas, 28, and photographer Matt Furman, 36, sparked a remarkable project. More »

Local, Weather

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fundraisers

November 12th, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

Hurricane Sandy was the most devastating storm to hit New York and New Jersey since 1938. It was also the costliest storm to hit our region, racking up damage costs comparable to Hurricane Katrina. Many families along the Jersey Shore and Long Island lost their homes and the death toll totaled more than 110 people. Now, about two weeks after the storm, there are still people powerless, homeless, hungry and freezing on Long Island and in New Jersey. More »

Events, Local

Lava Girl Surf Hosts Women’s Surf Workshop

October 13th, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

For the first time ever, Rockaway- based surf training group Lava Girl Surf is hosting a women’s surf workshop Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club in Rockaway Beach, NY at 3:30 p.m. More »

Urban Promulgation

October 3rd, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

Promulgation means to make known by an open declaration. And that’s just what this featurette does. Filmed and edited by New Jersey- based photographer Ryan Struck, Urban Promulgation highlights New York surfing by exploiting the surf talents of Michael Powell, PJ Raia and Ben Powell. The New York surf culture is often mocked or overlooked, but in the 2-minute film, Struck gives the public another reason to recognize it. Feast your eyes on some stealthy New York-style shredding. More »

Features, Local, Photography, Swell Events

Hurricane Leslie Photo Dump

September 13th, 2012 by John Zanussi

September in New York is, was, and forever will be my favorite month of the year. Warm water, amazing weather, and usually great waves. Last year Hurricane Katia provided the East Coast, and more importantly, the Quiksilver Pro New York, with a ton of great waves. This year’s wave maker was Hurricane Leslie and she did a fantastic job at delivering the goods. Leslie sent swell from Puerto Rico to the Canadian Maritimes and everywhere in between. Lucky for us here in New York we had a week or so worth of waves with a few days of offshore winds making for some great conditions. Picking and choosing my days to not go into work I was able to score a handful of good sessions and take some photos. More »


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