Bright and early on September 9th, crowded under a tent on the beach were a group of guys and girls, young and old, hooting and hollering in anticipation of the day ahead. As the sets came in, anticipation was building. The 2nd Annual Rockaway Beach Bodysurfing Competition was about to begin.
The competition was organized and put on by two Rockaway Beach organizations, the Rockaway Beach Surfer's Association and Rockaway Beach Bodysurf Underground. The RBSA is a local advocacy group who were largely responsible for working with the NY Parks Dept. and Rockaway Lifeguards to set up safe surfing areas, and continue to work together to put on charity events, competitions, and beach clean ups. Rockaway Beach Bodysurf Underground is a group of ragtag local surfers, lifeguards, swimmers, and watermen of all types who share a love for the ocean and riding waves any way they can. Together, the two organizations helped grow the competition from the small group that got in the water last year to the all-day party it turned into this year. After competing last year, we knew we wanted to contribute in some way. This year, we were happy to help sponsor the event by printing and donating tee shirts. The event was also sponsored by our heroes at Patagonia Bowery.