Category: surfing

Meet the Surfers Who Helped Rebuild Rockaway

Mike Kololyan and Mike Reinhardt emerge from the icy waters off 96th St. Beach in Rockaway, N.Y., covered from head to toe by their wetsuits, though their faces remain exposed to the elements. Wearing a thicker, six-millimeter suit with booties and a hoodie is the only way to tolerate the bone-chilling conditions created by a recent Nor’easter. The duo are among a group of 10 or so locals fearless enough to venture into the water the day after the storm, which dumped more than six inches of snow throughout the tri-state area. Continue reading “Meet the Surfers Who Helped Rebuild Rockaway”

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Learning to Surf in Bali

The majority of summers growing up were spent at the Jersey Shore. At first, my family would cram into these little motel rooms near the beach in Seaside Park, N.J. Eventually, motel rooms evolved into bungalow rentals. Continue reading “Learning to Surf in Bali”

Why Bali is a Surfing Mecca

Muklis Anwar stood on a plot of grass and sand next to Tuti’s Warung on the cliffside overlooking Bingin Beach in Bali, Indonesia. A line of surfers was out in the distance taking turns dropping in on the short, perfect lefts. Anwar had just come in from his own session, cruising parallel to the shoreline with his unbuttoned maroon flowery shirt looking more like a superhero’s cape flapping in the wind than a rash guard. Continue reading “Why Bali is a Surfing Mecca”

Volcom Photographer, Videographer Explain Career Paths

Luke Forgay felt a buzz in his pocket while he was sitting in English class at Santiago Canyon College. He pulled out his iPhone to read the text message. Pro surfer Cameron Faris asked Forgay, a photographer, if he could come on a last-minute trip to Pascuales, Mexico, to shoot him and Frank Solomon. Continue reading “Volcom Photographer, Videographer Explain Career Paths”

Surfers Share Shark Stories and Encounters

People love sharks … from afar, at least. That’s why Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is a highlight of the summer for many. It’s why SyFy has produced not one, but four Sharknado movies and is set to air the fifth installment of the shark-tornado series in August. Aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors go on ABC’s Shark Tank to pitch their companies and creations. Jaws (1975), which won three Academy Awards and was nominated for Best Picture, is on countless lists of all-time best films. Live every week like it’s Shark Week, right? Continue reading “Surfers Share Shark Stories and Encounters”

East Coast Surfers Proud of Where They’re From

Pat Schmidt looks like your prototypical Southern California surfer — he’s tall, lean and has shoulder-length blonde hair that is usually seen protruding from beneath a flat brim hat. But the Volcom pro rider isn’t from the Golden State. Continue reading “East Coast Surfers Proud of Where They’re From”