New York’s Will Skudin meets up with Hawaiian friends Kealii Mamala and Garret Mcnamara to take part of one of the heaviest sessions to date at the world’s most dangerous wave. Teahupoo Tahiti ! NYSEA got up with him on Skype yesterday to ask him about the swell.
NYSEA “Fill us in, how was that session and that wave?
Will ” First off I am just thankful to have friends like Kealii, calling me up over a week ago and inviting me to join him on this crazy mission. It was my first time to Tahiti and this wave demands respect. I surfed the day before the swell and the morning before the swell filled in. So I got to get a feel for the wave. When the swell started filling in I watched Garret and Kealii just go back to back. From the channel watching it just sucks the life out of you. I cant even describe what it feels like looking into that monster waiting your turn. Then I was up. I felt like my whole life built up to that moment. I grabbed the rope sat out the back. Kealii pulled me into a sick warm up wave first that felt so good. Then we waited for a bigger one. He pulled me into a good size one that hit the south reef hard. I got as low on the wave as possible then just set a quick line. It was the sickest view ever, but I thought a was too deep. Then the thing spit so hard, I felt like I was floating in the barrel and that time stood still. It spit for such a long time that it gave me time to think in it. I remember thinking to myself, hold on your coming out and I said that in my mind like 4 times ahahaha. Then I just flew out. At that moment, I don’t think words can explain that feeling. All I can say is I was amped out of my skin. Best feeling ever ! I didn’t end up getting any waves much bigger then that. I watched some of the most amazing rides in the world go down. For me, I feel like it was my first time out there and I learned alot about the wave. Next time I will do my best and hopefully get one of those big nuts ones. For now I am content, stoked and blessing the have health and life. Thank you everyone for all the support ! ”
NYSEA ” Thank you for making NY proud !”
This weekend Fox News was on-site covering the Gifts 4 Groms event hosted at unsound surf shop! Jon Rose and Greg Hahn (Waves 4 Water) along with NY’s own Cliff Skudin (Surf for All) were also there handing out all the gifts to the groms! Thank you to everyone for all the support. Read the full article on the Fox News NY website here.Learn More
We are happy and honored to be apart of this event with the other contributors who have helped our community’s rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Sandy! See you all tomorrow at Unsound Surf Shop, May 11th – 12 noon to 3pm. Special thanks to Waves 4 Water and the other contributors!
New Long Beach Herald Article
After Hurricane Sandy we pulled together what we could, used every resource possible to help bring outside money into NY to help rebuild. Over 100,000 dollars raised from 36 different states and 9 different countries. All details and full story of this journey will be released during the 2013 NY Surf Week July 17th-21st in Long Beach NY. Thank you everyone that helped with all these efforts and thank you to everyone outside of NY that reached out to help. Means the world !
NY native and lifetime surfer John Beattie is coming into the final stages of a film he has been working on for 3 years. After surviving a stroke in 2007 he was left with weakness in his right arm and leg. That has kept him out of the water, but his love and focus went right into capturing video of some beautiful surf days along the coast of Long Island. You can take the man out of the ocean but you can’t take the ocean out of the man! Please help John Kick-starter his movie HERE
Thomas Colla put his time in shooting and surfing NY since the late 80′s. Starting shooting with a SLR (print 35 mil). A fire burnt down his house in 2002 and all his prints with it. He saved his money to continue his passion that he is bringing to us tomorrow night. Come out and Support Tommy !! A True NY Photographer !Learn More
*Coming Summer 2013*
Still Standing | A new web series following two friends as they strive for greatness in their respective elements. Will Skudin, Big Wave World Tour currently ranked #16 in the World and Irish Seanie Monaghan, Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Champion and International Boxing Federation currently ranked #15 in the World, #2nd in the US and 1st in Ireland. Both train and compete after one of the most difficult years in their lives after Hurricane Sandy devastated the city that they love and represent, Long Beach New York. They are entering the biggest years of their lives. The year of the build.
Join us as Seanie prepares for his latest battle to stay undefeated and Will as he trains and awaits for the next stop on the Big Wave World Tour in Chile.
Produced by NYSEA
Edited and Directed by Etan Blatt
With footage shot by Matt Clark, Mike Nelson, Etan Blatt, John Bilderback, Natty Graham, Doug Falter and Bruno Lemos
Motion Graphics and Title Card by Frankie Principe
Famous East Coast surf spot in Rhode Island “Ruggles” is on the verge of not existing. Please help by signing this petition now and sharing it with your friends and family. Please act now! After Sandy a lot of surfers from Rhode Island came down to help us, it is our time to return the favor ! SIGN PETITION HERE