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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 »

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 »

Boards, Surf Shops

Island Surfboards // Local Shaper Legacy

April 3rd, 2013 by Samantha Rupert

The south shore of Long Island is rich in surfing history. As a sport, and more importantly, a lifestyle, surfing has been gaining popularity since the mid-1960s. Over the years, many local surfing families developed reputations for quality surfboard shaping. Their shaping legacies were handed down from generation to generation. But Tommy Grimes, the 22-year-old founder of Island Surfboards in Massapequa, has a more unconventional story. He didn’t inherit a shaping legacy, he’s building his own. More »

Features, Photography

Cold Water Surfer Series // Winter Through The Lens

March 26th, 2013 by Samantha Rupert

New York winters are brutal. The teeth-chattering wind howls through the trees and angry waves crash upon the snowy shores. For the winter warriors of the Long Island surf community, that means just one thing: empty slabs for the taking. More »

Photo of the Day, Photography

Long Beach, New York

March 12th, 2013 by John Zanussi

The evidence of how good it was in New York continues to roll in. Here’s an epic shot of a beauty in Long Beach this past weekend. More »

Perfect New York Winter Day

March 12th, 2013 by John Zanussi

After lots of blistering cold days and a couple big snowstorms this past weekend warmed up and gave New York it’s first real glimpse of spring. With the warmth also came the most fun few days of surf in I can remember. Too bad the water temp was still in the 30’s. More »

Montauk // Reprieve

February 20th, 2013 by John Zanussi

A look back at this past winter in Montauk through the lens of James Katsipis. More »

Mullaghmore Head // Big Wave Surfing In Ireland

January 28th, 2013 by Samantha Rupert

Photographer Tam Mullen  got a nice short video of the swell yesterday in Mullaghmore, Ireland. Man, they were some monster waves! The surfer is still undetermined, but most likely Southampton, N.Y. native, Kurt Rist.   More »

Photo of the Day

Long Beach Boardwalk Demolition

January 14th, 2013 by John Zanussi

This is quite a powerful image for anyone that has ever stepped foot on any of the 2 miles of boardwalk in Long Beach, New York. Not long after Hurricane Sandy, it was determined that the damage suffered to the boardwalk was to great to fix and it would need to be totally demolished. More »

Life Before Sandy

January 8th, 2013 by John Zanussi

TJ Gumiela, Leif Engstrom, Tyler Maguire, and Cliff Skudin headed down to Puerto Rico for some waves when they thought hurricane season had ended on in New York. When Sandy barreled up the East Coast they were faced with a decision, stay in PR or head home. More »

East Coast Rising

January 4th, 2013 by John Zanussi

A great little film that takes a look at how surfers on the East Coast dealt with the before, during, and after of Hurricane Sandy. More »

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