Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Taylor Steele's "Here & Now" to hold its East Coast Premiere in Rockaway on July 7

Taylor Steele's new movie "Here & Now" will have its east coast premiere at The Spot on July 7th, featuring a set by local surf punk band The Supertones.
In his latest release, Steele ("Shelter", "Castles in the Sky"), documents one day of surfing around the world, shot entirely on May 2, 2012 by a global network of filmmakers and surfers.
The Supertones will go on at 7:30 and the movie begins at 9:00 or as soon as it gets dark.  Roberta’s will be selling a selection of pizzas from their mobile pizza oven.  Complimentary refreshments provided by Sixpoint Brewery, Kanon Organic Vodka, Vita Coco, and DiCosmo’s Ices.

Tickets are $12 and are now available online here at Eventbrite.  Members of the Rockaway Surf Club get in free (membership costs $10 a month).

When: July 7, 2012, 7:00pm
Where: The Spot (Rockaway Beach Surf Club) 302 Beach 87st St, corner of Rockaway Freeway (under the elevated subway tracks), Queens, New York.

Here's the trailer:

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Paipopolis will come to the Metropolis to rock your acropolis

Stay tuned... but for now watch the most stoked plywood dude. Film by Matthew McGregor-Mento:

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Mark Cunningham at Pilgrim

Mark Cunningham, body surfer and waterman extraordinaire, was the guest of honor at a jam packed screening of "Come Hell Or High Water" last night at Pilgrim Surf & Supply in Brooklyn. Cyrus Sutton (Korduroytv, "Stoked and Broke"), who contributed some footage to the movie, was also in the house along with an admiring crowd of New York surfers including Aquatic Apes Kris Chatterson and Albert Shelton. When the Teahupoo sequence came up, I asked Mark what that experience was like.

"Scary," was his response. "Your body can't move as fast as a surfboard, so you have to be very selective in what waves you take."

If Mark (who is in his mid-50's) was scared during filming, it sure isn't obvious in the movie, which shows ride after ride of this white haired superman tearing down the face and plowing through big, churning Tahitian barrels with nothing but a swimsuit and set of fins.

When he took the stage to thunderous applause, you could feel the aloha filling the room from this warm, unfailingly modest man. He talked about his personal fin collection now adorning the wall of Pilgrim (he likes Da Fins), why he prefers his hands to hand planes (he likes the feeling better, and hand planes can hit the wearer or throw a shoulder out), and why he doesn't ride a board ("I was a gangly teenager, and too uncoordinated for that!"), though he actually does own a few surfboards including a pair of quad fish (a 5'10 and 6'2).

Before wrapping up, this career Hawaiian lifeguard made sure to point out the hazards of bodysurfing. "There are plenty of people in wheelchairs or worse from bodysurfing heavy shore break," he warned. "Always try to keep your hands in front of you so you hurt an arm or shoulder instead of your head. And have fun out there, on whatever floats your boat."

Packed house at Pilgrim

Cunningham showing off his main piece of equipment.

Clearly, he has a thing or two to learn about being a spoiled movie star.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Beach Clean-ups Y'all June 9th in Far Rockaway

From Surfrider and Barefoot Wine:

From Brady at RBSC:

Time to mobilize the troops!!! Sat. June 9th @ 10am (@ the Spot) we are kicking off the 1st annual Rockaway Beach Clean up/Bar-B-Que/Board Swap. Everyone is welcome! Please spread the word..... everyone who helps with the beach cleaning effort from 10 am to noon is welcome to FREE food and beverages @ The Spot (302 Beach 87th st). Friends and family, kids and pets, members and non-members.....Everybody is welcome!!! 
This is a "Community" effort sponsored by the following neighborhood businesses and groups:

Rockaway Beach Surf Club
The NYC Parks Dept.
The Spot
St. James Clothing
Rockaway Coffee
Veggie Island
Long Trail Beer

Hopefully more sponsors to come..... (if you want to get involved please contact the surf club asap)

Our goal is to clean from 107th st to 84th st. (if we can do more than that, that would be great). We are meeting at the Spot at 10. those of you who have bikes please bring them. (you can go to the farthest areas) we will send people out in groups to cover specific blocks. you will be equipped with bags (garbage and recycle) and rubber gloves. There will be a crew of cooks back at the ranch making you a delicious lunch!! At noon when the beach is clean and everyone is hungry we'll have a BBQ and a board swap so please bring any boards you want to sell or trade. We will also be raffling off a brand new snowboard!!! 
Please come out and support Rockaway Beach!