The citys surprising subculture of wave riders
Think surfing, and Oahu and Malibu come more quickly to mind than New York City. Yet just 30 miles or so from midtown Manhattan, in Queenss Far Rockaway neighborhood, urban wave riders tame six- to nine-foot swells and have given birth to a vibrant surfing community boasting boutique shops, popular competitions, and even a film festival. Thomas Wolfe famously described New York as a magnificent jewel in a perfect setting of earth and stars and—he didnt forget to add—sea. Thats a depiction that the citys thousands of surfers would agree with.