East Coast Surf x End of Summer

Over Labor Day weekend, half of the Active Team ventured out to Montauk, Long Island for summer’s last days. Considering we don’t get to spend a great deal of time “out east”, we were excited to see old friends, peruse local stores and check out the surf. Most of the time, we hung out at Ditch Plains Beach where, aside from the “aggressive parking game”, the weather was perfect…


While beachside, we were introduced to local filmmaker Danny Diamuro. On Monday night, September 3rd, he screened, along with Tin Ojeda, his new flick Kook Paradise at Ruschmeyer’s. We were told it was….part social commentary on the changing Montauk scene, part surfing film and part documentary. From the looks of the trailer, it certainly caught our eye, had our attention…and a few laughs.  Though we couldn’t stay for the party, we definitely wanted to support and share Diamuro’s film.


End of summer on the East Coast also means that the New York Surf Film Festival is fast approaching, taking place this year on September 19th & 20th 2012 in Brooklyn. Kook Paradise is one of the films selected along with a slew of others, including Lunchbreak, Come Hell or Highwater, Thirty Thousand and Chasing The Swell.


Last and certainly not least, we just found out about Saturday’s “Duffel Bag Of Cash Surf Contest” at Rockaway Beach – beginning for a holding period from Friday, September 7th to Monday September 10th. On the flyer it stated, “No jersey, no tents, no rules, winner takes all!”

With all of the happenings coming up and going on, it sure makes the bitter-sweet summer departure on East Coast a bit easier…

-Jessica Kaplan

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