I always kinda snickered at the thought process that government needs to protect us from ourselves, but recently I can see the value in this thinking. But maybe there needs to be a different and expanded approach to this thinking, rather than just preventing people from doing something so they don’t get harmed.

On May 19 around 6 p.m. when all the concessions were excited about opening for the season, I went surfing on my new longboard on my block at Beach 96th Street. I paddled out, waited, caught my first wave that fizzled out near the exposed sticks.  Starting to paddle back out, I see two girls desperately clawing for life thirty yards out from the shore. One girl completely submerged grasping for anything, and her eyeballs as wide

With the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, surfers start to get amped watching all the weather forecasts to see where the next blob of low pressure systems appear and start the hype of when we will get the swell, which generally dooms it to not happen. Superstitious? Maybe, but it’s definitely the process that happens more than the waves actually coming.

At any rate, the season starts June 1 through November 30, and this includes Tropical Storm Arlene, a rare pre-season storm that formed

The Rockaway Beach Surfer’s Association along with sponsors Locals Surf School will have two surf contests this Saturday. One will be the Rockaway Beach Junior Championships for kids 16 and Under, the other will be the annual Halloween Surf Spooktacular contest which will have both adult and kids divisions. Costumes for the latter contest are strongly encouraged with prizes going to the best costume, best ride and best wipeout. Contest starts 9 a.m. and will be at the main jetty at Beach 90th

We said it before and we’ll say it again – this time of year is the best for surfing in Rockaway!



 Surfing is such a spectacular event when you really analyze it from as much of an objective point of view as you can. After seeing some of these waves ridden in Nazare, Portugal recently, almost maxing out around 80-100 feet, I am still in awe of not only how surfers ride this stuff, but the very fact this is water, water being pushed up in to the size of mountains. What comes with the physical expertise to ride those waves, and smaller ones, is the technological advances and innovations where

It’s with great delight to mention that we will be running the junior comp on October 29 starting at 9am. Officially known now as Locals Surf School presents the RBSA 2016 New York City Junior Championship. There will be the following divisions, 10&U, 12&U,14&U and 16&U with your age as of the event. With it being Halloween weekend, the boys from Locals have stepped it up a notch and we will be throwing down another surf contest during the day called Locals Surf Spooktacular

Hands down the best month of surfing out of the entire year. Thank god we have great photographers to capture some of the best moments.


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