Surfing in Rockaway can be a joke at times. The combination of inexperienced crowds, a rather finicky beach break and the summer doldrums can easily blend into an endless bummer.
According to local surfer and documentarian, Thomas Brookins, it’s no wonder that “Rockaway is considered the bastard child of NY surfing and almost never gets any attention.” Despite these factors, this stretch of sand in Queens is undoubtedly a special break that’s home to a thriving surf community. Cue Hurricane Joaquin.
For two straight weeks, Rockaway exploded into an all out barrel fest. For those who had spent all summer chasing ankle biters, the powerful swell was a welcome relief. Lucky for us, Brookins took it upon himself to fill the void and share a rare insider’s perspective on how good it really gets in NYC.