Monthly Archives: October 2012

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal ran a feature piece that detailed that many East Coasters and Manhattanites have opted to hang ten instead of hit 18 holes to make business deals and connections.

“The ocean is the new golf course,” says technology industry recruiter Alan Cutter, 43 years old.

According to the WSJ, a small group from the tech industry is choosing New York’s beaches to build business relationships. About 30 people have joined a LinkedIn group created by Cutter for digital media surfers earlier this year.

New York City is now the fastest-growing tech sector in the nation, altering New York’s more traditional corporate culture with a Silicon Valley-like lifestyle. At the same time, beaches ranging from Rockaway to Montauk are gaining popularity as surfing destinations. New York Surf School in Rockaway Beach reports classes have doubled in size in the past four years.

Plus, Quiksilver’s Pro surfing competition last year put Long Beach, N.Y. on the surf spot radar.

It will be interesting to see if the East Coast mindset continues to embrace more West Coast values. While NYC’s surfing culture is gaining traction, it still isn’t as widespread as the West Coast, which has bigger, more consistent waves.

Still, others note that surfing meet-ups only work in the tech sector since timing waves are crucial, and so it is only a possibility where workers can set their own schedule. “The only two types of people who have time to surf are bums and the tech industry,” said Eli Mechlovitz, founder of online retailer KidsSocks.com and a member of Mr. Cutter’s group.

Plus, as we all know, there are unspoken rules in the water which could make for tricky business negotiating. Don’t’ forget your etiquette – wave hogging and wave stealing could totally ruin business prospects.

We’re curious… anyone strike any good business deals out on the water? If so, we’d love to hear about it!

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Celebrating its 14th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival is now open for submissions for 2013. Festival organizers are calling all possible directors to submit their action sport film now to save and receive a discount when submitted through Withoutabox.

Named one of the “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by Movie Maker Magazine, the Newport Beach Film Festival, held each year in Newport Beach, California, spotlights films from around the world including features, shorts, documentaries, and animations. The 2012 festival featured 460 different films, and the festival draws more than 30,000 attendees annually.

Since its establishment in 1999, the festival has presented many acclaimed films, including Crash (in its 2005 premiere), Dogtown and Z-Boys, Dust to Glory, Jewtopia (in its 2012 premier), Just Like the Son, and Spellbound, as well as anniversary screenings of classics such as The French Connection, Sunset Boulevard, and The Outsiders, and the 50th anniversary of the Jim Henson Company.

The festival also sponsors a Community Outreach Program through which they partner with over 30 non-profit organizations in Orange County from various sectors including the arts, health and human services, the environment, education, children’s causes and alumni clubs. The Community Outreach Program was created with the idea that film offers new perspectives and possibilities for a changing world. Each organization is paired with a film that is likely to attract an audience interested in its cause.

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It’s that time of year – Halloween is right around the corner! Our New York-based fans can check out the Nightmare on 90th Costume Surf Contest presented by B&B Board Storage and Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Saturday, October 27th.

The Rockaway Beach Surf Club, a not-for-profit community organization and social club, helps promote the community of Rockaway Beach, a historic and up-and-coming New York City neighborhood and surf destination. Members can come together to exchange ideas, create art, make things, have fun, and improve the quality of life of the neighborhood and its residents.

Enjoy a day of surfing, costumes, music and movies.

To purchase tickets, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4541026332/efblike. More details on the event below:

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012

12:00 – 3:00 pm: Expression Session in Costume
Beach 90th Street and the Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach, NYC
Prizes for: Best Wave in a Costume and Best Costume (male and female)

4:00 pm: After-Party at THE SPOT
302 Beach 87th Street, Rockaway Beach, NYC
Outdoor Screening of KOOK PARADISE
http://www.nowness.com/day/2012/9/3/2411/kook-paradise
Live Performance by THE DEAD EXS

Complimentary Beverages from Dundee Ales & Lagers
Food available from 666 Burger

Online ticket buyers will be entered to win a Brand New Stewart Hydro Hull Surfboard from Global Surf Industries

Tickets: $10 in Advance, $20 Day of Event
Includes Contest Registration and After-Party with Open Bar
FREE for RBSC Members

**Space to Shower and Change after the contest at The Spot**
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Save the Waves has scheduled its fourth film festival and is calling all aspiring film makers and taking entries. This year, the festival will be traveling to three select California cities in November:

San Francisco: November 16
Santa Barbara: November 2
Santa Cruz: November 9

Save The Waves Coalition, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of surfing coastline and the marine environment, is a group of devoted surfers, scientists, and activists that share a common belief that our wild coastal areas around the world are precious and valuable, and need to be protected.

The Save the Waves Film Festival is a one-night event, featuring documentary surf films, live music, athletes, artists and ocean activist campaigns. Although entries are not restricted for any film genre and the coalition is open to all types of submissions, they encourage entries that explore all aspects and angles of surfing, coastal environmentalism, and the coastal lifestyle we all love. Film makers are free to submit cutting-edge and experimental artistry, documentary film, animation and any other unique works of ocean-inspired art.

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A benefit night for SurfAid International is planned for next Thursday, October 11th. SurfAid is an international non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, well being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected through surfing. It was founded by Dr. Dave Jenkins of New Zealand in 2000. Dr. Jenkins will be at the event.

In 1999, Dr. Jenkins was on a surfing trip in the area and saw the health problems of the local people, which inspired him to establish SurfAid. After the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, SurfAid came to international attention since it provided medical aid to its victims. It was able to reach people on small islands, who were among the hardest hit, using small boats with people familiar with the area.

Now, SurfAid has earned several international awards, and receives donations of about $3 million per year from private and corporate donors, most involved in the sport of surfing.

In addition to founder Dr. Dave Jenkins who will be on-hand next Thursday, October 11, appetizers and light pupus will be served. There will also be a stand up paddle board and paddle (estimated value $1,000) and other surf gear up for raffle.

October 11, 2012, from 7pm-9pm
The Greenhouse
685 Auahi Street Honolulu, HI
$20 at door, includes one raffle ticket for stand up paddle board
Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at event
Must be present to win.

If you have any questions, call Robin at 808-489-3253. For more information on SurfAid International, go to http://www.surfaidinternational.org/.
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