Combining stunning photography and brief statements from New York surfers, Waters highlights the differences and similarities when comparing New York surfers and surfers from area more traditionally associated with surfing. Like surfers everywhere, NYC surfers have an almost religious dedication to the sport. (In some cases, there's nothing "almost" about it, like the surfer who mused, "Surfing is my religion, and the ocean is my temple.") In New York, though, given the unpredictability of conditions, the weather, and the logistics of getting to the beach, the dedication takes on another level of madness.
One huge factor in NYC surfing is the weather. Sometimes the best waves are in the winter. In the pictures the surfers are almost always seen in head-to-toe neoprene. This quote typifies the attitude of openness to whatever weather conditions come: "If you've ever dropped into a perfect wave, yet complained about the falling snow blurring your vision . . . then you know what it's like to surf in New York." A little snow? Big deal--if the waves are breaking, he's there!
Surfers everywhere will delight in Waters's pictures and descriptions of NYC surfing. I'm guess Rockaway Beach is not destined to become a mecca for surfers from around the world, but those NYC surfers who lug their boards on the subway in the middle of winter in hopes of catching some waves know there's something special in NYC.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
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