IN the run-up to New York Surf Week the state's resident big wave surfer Will Skudin provides us with a rundown of all things New York, it's a state, not just the city.
With no Quiksilver Pro at Long Beach in 2012, a victim of undisclosed reasons, NY Surf Week becomes this year's defacto East Coast must attend event. Event director, Wil Skudin is a rare beast, an East Coast big wave surfer dedicated to the pursuit of red blobs but choosing to make the state of New York his home.
Will, can you describe the average New York surfer?
The average NY surfer? That's a funny question, there is no average NY surfer. There are some characters in this state. People who aren't scared to speak their mind and people that are proud of their homeland. When it comes to surfing I think we all get super-stoked on waves because we are starved from them from time to time. There are alot of great surfers from NY that have been or still are overlooked. The times are changing and the youth of NY will be strong.
What is NY Surf Week and why is it important?
The third annual NY Surf Week (NYSEA Open) is an event that has been great for the NY community. Dedicated to a NY surf ledged George "Geeza" Geiser. It is an event that gives back and includes local surfers/bands/artists/editors/skateboards/Non for profits/families and more. It showcases our New York talent but is open to all. There will be a skateboard contest on the beach with fireworks in the background, music playing, the whole nine. It has evolved into a small US Open kind of event. This year will be great. It is important because it is an event that focuses on shining some light on NY's world class Artist/surfers/musicians/skateboarders/DJs and more. If your community cant see you then no one will.
© Mat Clark