Hurricane Season: A New York Boat Trip With Will Skudin

Craig Murch

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Updated 36d ago

Surfers on the East Coast of the US will have been feeling blessed over the last couple of weeks. And that ain't about to change. Non-stop storm activity has kept the coast alight — first there was TC10, clean and unthreatening before Hurricane Irma which you already know all about. And right now, Jose's taking its turn to sculpt peaks over sand.

So, what do you do when your in the midst of such a run of swell? Stick to old faithful, your ever reliable selection of sandbars, or add a little spice by searching for something new?

Base camp for the day.

Base camp for the day.

© 2017 - James Parascandola

Well, if you're New York's big wave charger Will Skudin, chances are it takes something a little special to excite you. That's why he and TJ Gumiela, with photographer James Parascandola in tow, used all the resources available to them to hunt a rarely surfed offshore point.

"It's always fun mixing it up when it comes to Hurricane season," Will Skudin tells MSW. "The same jetty over and over gets old quick. We got super lucky and scored an Indo point in our backyard. It just happens to be a mile out to sea..."

TJ Gumiela tucks in for an audience of Mr Skudin on the shoulder.

TJ Gumiela tucks in for an audience of Mr Skudin on the shoulder.

© 2017 - James Parascandola

"Sometimes you need to take risks to find the best waves," says James. "There will always be another swell if you get skunked. This time the risk really paid off. But let's face it, when Will Skudin asks you to come on a boat trip to find waves, who's going to say no?"

© 2017 - James Parascandola

Will and James would also like to give a shout out to Cody Williams from Clif bar, Richie Rotharr of LB wake and Brandon Coons for making the trip possible.

Will and James would also like to give a shout out to Cody Williams from Clif bar, Richie Rotharr of LB wake and Brandon Coons for making the trip possible.

© 2017 - James Parascandola


Craig Murch

MSW Content Editor