The last 10 months for the beach communities of New York have been tough. They have been bruised, broken, frozen, basically flipped upside down and inside out. When it rained, it poured. If you thought your life was tough before, then this year undoubtedly made it harder. It was a test of our minds and our community. Sink or Swim? We swam together, worked together, helped each other and 10 months later found ourselves back in the calmer waters we call home. So after all of that, when asked if we were still going to do “NY Surf Week” post-Hurricane Sandy, it was a simple answer: YES, Surf Week will carry on. With help from major sponsors like Vita Coco Coconut Water and Wave Riding Vehicles surfboards it became possible for this event to happen. After the storm both of these companies were there when we needed them, Vita Coco filled up their vehicles and brought supplies out to us day-in and day-out. Wave Riding Vehicles loaded a huge bus full of supplies and drove up to us from Virginia. What was even more amazing was the local support for NY Surf Week this year. Some businesses that were down and out for 6 months this year jumped onboard to help this great week become a reality. So, before we can move forward with the details of the 4th Annual NY Surf Week, I would like to thank all the local sponsors: SidelineSwap, Minnesotas, Kostal Paddle, Local Cycles, The Bungalow, BeachHouse, Ooh La La, Russo Flooring, Mcavoy Plumbing, Soloshot, O’Toole Insurance Inc., RentinLongBeach, US Limo and Earth Arts of LB.
The surf forecast for NY Surf Week looked really small leading up to the event, which started as a memorial contest for NY surfer and friend George “Geeza” Geiser four years ago. Knowing that the whole event is now dedicated to him definitely helps bring us waves every year. We may have been stressing a little at first but he delivered as he always does with some beautiful chest high surf all weekend. Thank you George !