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Summer is Coming (Friday Photography)

The sun is shining, the boardwalk is getting more crowded, and it’s warmer everyday.  That can mean only one thing: summer is coming.  In preparation for that, this week’s edition of Friday Photography spotted 10 lifeguard chairs stacked over at the SUPERBLOCK before they are placed on the beach.  As you can tell, some of these are looking quite haggard after the pummeling they took from the waves of Irene.

You can also take a look at some of the other photo projects I’ve been working on at SuperClearyPhoto. And if you don’t mind – give me a “like” if you… like what I’m doing.

10 chairs in a row, looking a bit worse for wear


Perhaps a paint job is in order

A few lifeguard towers getting a nice base tan

No lifeguards on duty… yet

For the rest of the set check out the gallery here and remember to “like” SuperClearyPhoto.

and you can check out older editions of Friday Photography here

Updated: Let’s Kick Start A Fire (Surf Film Needs Your Help)

 Update: 4/14/2012: In a little more than 24 hours, more than $1100 was contributed to Fire & Water via Kickstarter and the project is on.  I can’t way to see it now!  Additional funds are still allowed via Kickstarter to the project if you still want to get involved in the film and be a part of what will be an amazing story.  My thanks to all the SBC readers that contributed.

Here’s the cliff’s notes:

Go to Kickstarter and consider contributing to this amazing project: Fire & Water.

And the rest of the story:

Last summer I told you about Shadows of the Same Sun, an amazing surf documentary made by Thomas Brookins about the roots of Long Island surfing in the Rockaways and Long Beach.  Brookins and the team behind that film are back and working on a new surf film about a local surf legend so many of us have never heard of.  It’s the story of surfing’s roots in New York and the hard-working blue collar firefighters who were, and still are, at the forefront of it.

Fire & Water is the tale of “Don “Gums” Eichin, from Long Island NY, who was one of a handful of pioneering surfers in the late 1950’s and 60’s that set out to make a life in Hawaii,” and then brought what he learned back to New York while becoming an NYC firefighter.

Brookins calls this film “an important lost surfing tale that is still being written today as Don’s sons, Eric & Randy follow in their father’s footsteps alongside good friends Brian Walsh & Casey Skudin.”

I had the chance to talk to Casey Skudin who’s known the Eichins since he was four and said Gums “was like a second father.”  Skudin grew up surfing with Gums, his sons Eric and Randy, and friend Brian Walsh, and then became a New York City firefighter.

That’s Skudin to Slater (in blue)’s right

I asked him what surfing with Kelly Slater and Travis Logie was like during the Quiksilver Pro‘s Bravest Vs. Finest surf competition.  He called it “the highlight” of his surfing career.

Skudin said that being a firefighter was “unpredictable,” much like surfing because the “waves and conditions are always changing” and noted more importantly that surfing was an outlet to “decompress and clear your mind after a long 24-hour shift.”  Skudin called Fire & Water “important” because it “will put a spotlight on surfing in NY, along with the people who surf it.”

Back over at the Kickstarter page, Brookins said he was “very proud of the people and Firefighters in this film” and had  “no doubt… that people will fall in love with the characters in this film.”

So for those of you that don’t know, KickStarter is a website where anyone can contribute to projects in development – from gadgets to movies – to help amazing ideas become real.  Head over to the film’s KickStarter page here and consider pitching in.

Check out the film’s teaser below which is already looking amazing.  Help Brookins make Don “Gums” Eichin’s story a reality.  Right now the project is sitting at $8,892, $1,108 short of their goal.  Every dollar counts and there are only three days remaining so follow this link and toss in what you can.

You can read more about the film and an interview with the writer director here.

And you can follow the movie here on Facebook

In other surf film news, Long Beach Surfers Association and SMASH are hosting a Surf Movie Night at the Long Beach Cinema tomorrow night, where another movie focused on LI surfing will premiere.  “Stacked” focuses on the rise of Long Beach’s own Balaram Stack and the Quiksilver Pro.

And Stacked on Facebook 

April Surf (Friday Photography)

In this addition of Friday Photography I’m going to highlight Wednesday’s surprise surf session. In case you don’t remember, we had a bit of a surf contest here over the summer that turned out to be an incredible event. While the circus might be gone, the locals have donned wet suits and “kept the stoke alive” all winter. I wasn’t able to get all the surfers names out there, so if you recognize anyone please let them (and me know).

Back in September, I put together this summary of all one needs to know about Long Beach surf.

In the meantime you can check out some of the other photo projects I’ve been working on here at SuperClearyPhoto. And if you don’t mind – give me a “like” if you… like what I’m doing.

There’s no surf in New York

 Hitting the lip

Down the tube into the sunset

 Floating on the top

 A clean right

Tucking into the barrel

 Not every maneuver works out as planned

Hood-less as the water temp starts getting close to 50 degrees

Long Beach circa 1960 or 2012?

Long Beach – Tube City


A big snap with a lot of spray off the top

Another satisfied customer

For the rest of the set check out the gallery here and remember to “like” SuperClearyPhoto.

Sunday’s Smile-Inducing Video (Skudin Surf)

Whether charging big waves or getting the groms all over Long Beach into surfing, the Skudin family is a class act.

I saw this video posted on their FB page and think it’s worth a watch.

One of these youngsters on a foam board today will be competiting in the Quiksilver Pro years from now.

Their description: “From the cutting room floor of the Quiksilver Pro NY Daily Surf Report Had such an amazing summer with all of you! thanks!!!!”