What an amazing weekend. The last weekend of the summer season is always stacked with goodness, great vibes and outpouring of gratitude.
For the last few years, that particular weekend has two surf events that spark smiles all around. Saturday, September 8 saw the 3rd Annual Rockaway Beach Bodysurfing Contest run by the great Rockaway Beach Bodysurfing Underground (Jeremy Jones, Claire Hilger, Mike Poindexter and John Wagner) in thumping 5-6 foot surf, run in what’s known as “The Box.”
With an initial field of 72 bodysurfers in 12 heats, quarters and semis narrowed the competition down to a top six that fought it out to be number one—who just happened to be my son, Sandon Karinsky. You could not top the stoke level of this event. I’ve been in hundreds of surf contests in the course of my life, but this event is all about high fives and cheering on your competitors.
Thanks goes out to everyone involved, and to Rippers for hosting the awards ceremony with free beers to competitors and also to the Supertones for rocking it out. Special thanks goes to Ryan Struck who supplied all these wonderful pics. Follow him on Instagram @ryanstruck. The one pic of Sandon holding the trophy, that’s by Bridget Klapinski, who, by the way, was the only woman to make it to the quarters and the semis with glorious long rides all the way to the beach.
Sunday is always reserved for the Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic. Such a great day with the best vibes despite the sullen weather. The surf was bigger than Saturday and was pretty hard for the youngest ones to get out, but for those who could, there was ripping all around. With cash prizes for the top three in each division, it always makes the kids gloat with appreciation and awe. The t-shirts for these events are always instant classics. You should still be able to pick them up at Boarders Surf Shop on Beach 92nd Street. Well done to another epic event by the Allen family and the Stathis family in honoring an amazing man taken from us too soon.