The 15th Annual RockStock and Barrels was one for the record books. Despite overcast skies early in the day, the crowds came out as Rockaway came together to enjoy a day of live music, surfing, skating and shopping in a much-needed reunion after a year of lockdowns.
Jimmy Dowd of St. James NYC, Steve and Christian Stathis of Boarders and Walker Hornung of Into the Whip Records did it again, pulling off an epic summer kickoff on Beach 90th Street. “RockStock and Barrels 15 was arguably one of the best in all our years,” Hornung said.
The new skate park on Beach 90th shined as the star of the show as dozens of skateboarders came out to show off their talents in hopes of winning some prizes from t-shirts to cash. While there was no surf contest with the Eastern Surfing Association, the folks from Skudin Surf kept it going this year. Liam Reen took the top prize of a $1,000 voucher to Skudin Surf’s indoor surf facility at the American Dream in New Jersey. Vendors sold everything from jewelry to clothing and more.
The all-day music, curated by Hornung, had people from all over the community tuning it to the different genres of live, original music from the likes of Witchslap and Melting Pots during the open mic, The Butthead and the Booty Shakers, Samsara, Squid Trio and the Family Band. Walker himself also played a set with Walker and the Brotherhood of the Grape, as well as special guest B.M.W.A, who all had the crowd dancing and singing along as the sun came out and they reminded everyone “It’s Okay to Be Happy.” The party continued at Whit’s End where Exit Verona took the stage.
“We are so grateful for the support of our beloved community of Rockaway Beach, as well as the surf and skate community,” Dowd said. The organizers are already looking forward to RockStock 16.
For more info on Rockstock, check out www.rockstocknyc.com
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By Katie McFadden