The 14-minute film, “Beach 87th St./Surfing After Sandy” which features the Rockaway surfing community after Hurricane Sandy, is well worth a watch. Debuting this month and filmed by snowboarding brothers Jesse and Lukas Huffman about 34 days after the storm, the film reminisces what it was like on October 29, 2012 from the vantage point of J. Scott Klossner, Keone Singlehurst and Beth Perkins, bungalow dwellers on Beach 87th Street.

As a reminder, the storm surge hit on October 29 affecting 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine, and became the most devastating storm to hit New York and New Jersey since 1938. It was also the costliest storm to hit the region, with northeast surfing spots including Rockaway, being utterly destroyed – surf shops were flooded and blown away, boardwalks were ripped apart and the beaches were severely eroded.

The film starts off with painting the picture of last summer’s “them vs. us” vibe – the local, experienced surfers vs. novices from Williamsburg and other parts of Brooklyn, and the growing fight for waves. 7.1 million visited the beach last summer vs. an average of 3.4 million on prior years.

But after Superstorm Sandy, these once-dubbed “hipsters” became “helpsters.” After local Rockaway residents came to grips with all the loss they had experienced and realized they couldn’t rebuild alone and needed help, the newbie surfers who were once-stigmatized and blamed for robbing locals of waves in Rockaway showed up in droves to lend their hands. In the words of Beth Perkins, “[the surfing community] saved our butts.” They helped rip out soaked drywall, flooring, and helped distribute food and other necessities.

“We appreciate the help from Brooklynites, Manhattanites, and anyone else who came here,” said Keone Singlehurst, 42, a Rockaway surfer who lives with Perkins. “It has brought the surfing community together.”

Watch the short film to see gorgeous shots of the ocean, surfers, and beach lovers, as well as images of broken, damaged homes, and residents sifting through belongings that were destroyed by the hurricane. It will give you a warm fuzzy about what the surfing community is really about. “The surfer community is sort of like a family,” said Singlehurst.

For those looking to donate, our friends at Sector 9 are offering up a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Tee in either black or white. It’s made of 100% organic cotton, and best of all 100% of the sales proceeds of each tee will be donated to the Waves for Water Hurricane Relief Initiative to support their disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey.

For more information, on the Waves to Water mission, go to http://www.wavesforwater.org/.

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Adding to the catalog of TransWorld Skateboarding’s video legacy, the publication announced its latest and 25th full-length video, entitled Perpetual Motion, will premiere at the TWS Skate Awards night, slated for February 27, 2013, at Hollywood’s Avalon Theatre.

A film by Chris Thiessen and Jon Holland, the video will feature Silas Baxter-Neal, in addition to a numerous other skateboarders, including Julian Davidson, Jimmy Carlin, Walker Ryan, Josh Matthews, and Tom Remillard. Baxter-Neal is a recipient of Thrasher magazine’s “Skater of the Year” award; Baxter-Neal has been described by Transworld staff member, Oliver Barton, as a “all-terrain demolition unit.”

In an ESPN interview with filmmaker Jon Holland, who has been with TWS 17 years come this December, high points of creating Perpetual Motion include “Filming Silas doing some ridiculous moves in Portland, doing the Zoo bomb, and just getting to know and skate with Josh, Jimmy, Julian, Tom and Walker. I’m stoked to point a camera in their direction and witness their skating firsthand. They all rip.”

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No plans tonight? Join world renown surf photographer Steve Sherman for a night of storytelling accompanied with an epic slide show. The AI Forever/Who Would be King show will be showcased at The Privateer in Oceanside, CA Wednesday, January 15, 2013.

Sherman is one of Surfing Magazine’s most beloved staff photographers at large. Sherman started his photography career in high school working in the darkroom for the school paper. After he graduated, Sherman went to work for Transworld Skateboarding as a darkroom technician for Grant Brittain, which ultimately transitioned to his career as a photographer.

The event begins at 7 pm sharp and Sherman plans to share intimate stories to go with the Andy Irons images, along with providing the inside story on Kelly and Parko’s showdown at the Pipeline Masters last month.

It’s promised to be a special night! Plus, giveaways include some #aiforever /t-sherms collaborative shirts.

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Mark your calendars for this Saturday, which is designated as Underwater Parks Day.

Now in its 5th year, Underwater Parks Day is a coordinated event by aquaria and marine science centers throughout Southern California to celebrate Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and educate the public about the statewide network of MPAs and the need for these special “Underwater Parks.”

The date was chosen because one of the best times to experience California’s ocean at its finest is during the first month of the year. In addition, California’s new network of over 100 underwater parks was completed just last December, and they have planned activities and celebrations throughout the California coast at state beaches, aquaria, and nature centers. It’s perfect for kids and adults to enjoy a day surrounded by sea life and learn more about the benefits of protecting California’s prime ocean habitats.

Some events you may spot include grey whales traveling south along the coast to lagoons in Baja, California where they will give birth to calves. Some preemies and their mothers are already showing up off the coast of Los Angeles and San Diego, a total plus for whale watchers.

Further north, male elephant seals are engaging in their spectacular, violent mating rituals, while females are giving birth to a new generation of pups. Exciting stuff!

So, come learn about MPAs and why they are important to help sustain, conserve, and protect marine life populations, habitats, and ecosystems. Speakers, presentations, kid-friendly activities, short films, and arts and craft projects will be available at most locations. Visitors will learn more about the Marine Life Protection Act and the process that aims to conserve and improve California coastal marine resources.

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2013 is well underway and personally, we like to start the year big and bold. Luckily, we’ve got quite a few items that are so bright and vivid, it would be hard pressed to be ignored with these on hand. And that’s what we like, attention in the most positive way!

Check out some bright items to help make your 2013 statement:

1. http://beckersurf.com/billabong/10m1231icoyel
The Billabong Iconic Boardshort is a must have if you want to make sure you won’t be missed in and out of the waters. $59.50

2. http://beckersurf.com/billabong/10m9091invalt
Although it’s been freezing lately, once the temps start warming up, you’ll want to sport Billabong’s Invert Tank in black and lime for some neon heat. $34.50

3. http://beckersurf.com/havaianas/brazilmblu
But if you’re like us, we can wear Havaianas year round no matter the temp and we like them in Brazil Blue. $24.00

4. http://beckersurf.com/billabong/m702tcondte
Not only is the men’s Billabong Conspiracy jacket sweetly constructed (zipper front closure, a lightweight, dual front pockets, zippered side pockets, and hidden roll out hood), we can’t overlook that bright baby blue color. $75.00

5. http://beckersurf.com/billabong/10mabnvarcmnd
You know those beanies that you just never want to take off of your head? Well, Billabong’s Arcade Beanie is definitely one of those, especially in this hot orange hue! $17.50

6. http://beckersurf.com/nixon/a1191262yel
If punctuality is one of your new year’s resolutions, you’ll never be late again with Nixon’s Time Teller P Watch. I mean, how can you miss it? $75.00

7. http://beckersurf.com/havaianas/k4000030pro
With a reputation as truly the best rubber sandals in the world due to a top secret rubber recipe, you’ll want to make sure you own a pair so you’ll feel like walking on marshmallows… or in this case, hot pink marshmallows. $18.00

8. http://beckersurf.com/element/20j680tgillim
Ladies, you can’t go wrong with a hoodie that offers both great style and comfort. You’ll love Element’s Gillian Sweatshirt for a cozy fleecy soft material, but you’ll really love it in neon lime. $36.99

9. http://beckersurf.com/oakley/24-341ast
Keep the sun out of your eyes and focus on the bright road ahead this year! You’ll be aptly equipped with Oakley’s Frogskins Sunglasses. The future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades! $120.00

10. http://beckersurf.com/penny-skateboards/pennyiphoneorg
Penny Skateboards, maker of those fun skateboards we absolutely love tooling around in, also make some pretty sweet iPhone cases. We especially think this hot orange case is a no-brainer. $20.00 Continue reading