Help Fund A Rare New York Documentary


New York filmmaker Thomas Brookins has set out to create a one of a kind documentary called Fire & Water and he needs your help. The film will tell the story of a few New Yorkers that are both surfers and NYFD firefighters. To help fund the ever growing costs of creating a documentary Thomas has set up a page on Kickstarter where people like you and me can contribute and help get this project up off the ground.

“This is the story of Don “Gums” Eichin, from Long Island NY, who was one of a handfull of pioneering surfers in the late 1950’s and 60’s that set out to make a life in Hawaii. Don was joined by some of surfing’s greatest legends, testing their skills in the big waves of Hawaii’s Northshore; surfing Oahu’s Banzai Pipeline, Wiamea, and “Gums”, the infamous spot named after one of Don’s worst wipeout. Returning to NYC in the late 60’s, he became a New York City Firefighter during one of the most dangerous times in NYC history. Living a life that is no less than legend, his passion for surfing, the ocean and firefighting passed through a generation inspiring his family and friends to surf and become FDNY Firefighters.”

“This film is an important lost surfing tale that is still being written today as Don’s sons, Eric & Randy follow in their father’s footsteps alongside good friends Brian Walsh & Casey Skudin. It is an eye opening look at how surfers from New York have always been there and how these surfers gained respect amongst surfers from all over the world.”

This isn’t Thomas Brookins’ first shot at filmmaking. His previous documentary “Shadows of the Same Sun” won him the “Best Debut of a Director” award at the 2011 NYSFF. His filmmaking is quality and he’s looking to continue his success with Fire & Water, he just needs some help getting it funded.

Any little bit helps, so if you have the means go make a pledge at

Stay tuned as we’ve got a full story on Thomas and Fire & Water in the works that you can expect on the site in the next week.



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