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3 for 3: Cristobal Tracks North and the NY NJ Surf Region Scores Again!

Tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic basin aren't uncommon this time of year, but they often vary greatly in their tracks and intensity. So when Cristobal formed deep in the Caribbean on August 23rd, it almost seemed too much to ask that she would follow suit with Arthur and Bertha and make her up the eastern seaboard and into our swell window. Yet that's exactly what she did.

By Wednesday, August 27th, Cristobal was positioned neatly off the Carolinas and was headed on a near perfect path between the east coast and Bermuda, and was already throwing waves our way – some clear forerunners making themselves were being felt well before sunset. By Thursday morning, the entire NY NJ region was lighting up, but this this time NY would be the major beneficiary. Unlike Bertha, who's winds and swell angle favored Jersey's east facing beaches, Cristobal passed closer to the coast and delivered winds from the NNW, favoring Long Island – although some parts of Jersey and especially South Jersey had their moments. 

Here's a dozen of Cristobal's offerings – Please click through to follow these great photographers and great friend of ours. Of course, don't forget to follow us as well! —–> http://instagram.com/nynjsurf

Above left: Brent Hertz @mhzpix captures and unknown surfer skipping for joy over the Cristobal swell.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bonus image: As with any warm weather long period swell, crowds were unavoidable, as were the inevitable dropins:

The forecasted track held pretty well dead on – as Accuweather said, Crostobal "split the uprights" between us and Bermuda, then spun safely into the Canadian maritimes.

Here's hoping for more, and that the field goal is always good. Next up is Dolly. With any luck she'll come our way as well and I'll see y'all out there! 

— Will Hallett http://instagram.com/nynjsurf

2014 unsOund Pro set for September 18th – 21st!

UnsOund Surf Shop is proud to announce that professional surfing is alive and well in the Empire State.

This fall, the 2014 UnsOund Surf Pro NY presented by Volcom will storm the shores of Long Beach, Long Island, offering the same unrivaled display of postmodern shredding that’s made this event an East Coast staple for 17 years now. From September 18-21st, the hallowed beachbreak of Lincoln Blvd. will be the hottest place in the world to be for anyone who froths over solid waves, remarkable surfing and enigmatic characters.

“We are proud to announce Volcom as our title sponsor and support from Spy,” says UnsOund Surf Shop co-owner and professional surf photographer Mike Nelson, who along with longtime partner and resident ripper Dave Juan has fought tooth-and-nail to keep this event alive for nearly two decades. “Volcom’s support for the sport has been phenomenal, and they host some of the biggest events on the planet (i.e. Volcom Pipe Pro and the Totally Crustaceous Tour Global Champs). Together, we’ll bring some of the best surfers in the world to compete in New York during the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The UnsOund Surf Pro has been a major part of the international surf scene for years and has been called ‘one of the best contests to win in the USA.’” 

Past winners of this illustrious event in its many incarnations include the following: esteemed Volcom alumni Balaram Stack, Blake Jones and Kyle Garson; current or former WCT competitors Kolohe Andino, Danny Melhado and Timmy Reyes; current WQS scrappers Brian Toth, Keanu Asing and Jeremy Johnston; New Jersey superpowers Randy Townsend and Sam Hammer; Californian pros Dustin Ray (R.I.P.) and Tommy Acosta; Floridian veteran Asher Nolan and his hometown buddy, defending 2013 champion Ryan Briggs.”

“We are extremely excited to bring this level of surfing back to Long Beach," adds Dave Juan. “We have such an amazing group of professional surfers on the East Coast who can’t wait to compete with international professionals from all over the world. And having Volcom as our title sponsor — who bring their youthful energy into the event — it just couldn’t be a better situation.”

And the timing couldn’t be better for local export-turned-international sensation Balaram Stack, who just signed with Volcom last year. The 21-year-old has been a treasured UnsOund teamrider since he was 9 and would like nothing more than to grab another victory right here at Lincoln Blvd. in front of his friends, family, childhood mentors and his main sponsor. To show his appreciation, Balaram will once again throw up a four-figure cash prize for whoever throws up the biggest punt in the “Balaram Stack Strong Island Big Air.”

“Hell yeah, can’t wait!” Balaram exclaims. “Every year, the UnsOund Surf Pro is one of my favorite contests. Not only is it in my backyard, it’s the most fun week of the year — maybe even better than the U.S. Open of Surfing, which I thought would be impossible. It’s just a good time with great friends — pretty much all I could ask for in a contest.”

In addition, longtime shop and event supporter Spy will lend their distinctly “happy” element to the event in the way of a myriad festivities and attractions including retail tents, activity booths and a surf photography art show — all of which are certain to send this stoked crowd into a frenzy. “Spy is a fun and extremely creative company that adds intense flavor to the UnsOund Surf Pro NY presented by Volcom,” adds Nelson. “These guys really know how to have a good time, with great community activities for everyone to be a part of.”

As for the surf, the groin-gutted beachbreaks of Long Beach are strategically positioned to go off — facing south to welcome any long-range energy that may be stirring up in the tropics this time of year, the historic peak of Hurricane Season. In other words, Long Beach is a wave magnet, a tube lab, and therefore the ideal stage for what could be the most captivating show of high-performance surfing the East Coast has seen since the first, and last, time the ASP World Tour landed here in 2011 (the Quiksilver Pro New York). In fact, given the potential this place has to blow cannonballs of spit and break surfboards like parking ordinances — the 2014 UnsOund Surf Pro NY presented by Volcom could be even more exciting. 

“We are thrilled to present the 2014 UnsOund Surf Pro NY,” says Brad Dougherty, Volcom’s VP of Surf. “There is a rich history attached to this prestigious event, which is considered one of the best contests in North America. Volcom is exited to collaborate with UnsOund Surf Shop and we are looking forward to bringing the surf community together in Long Island for a special experience.

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Past Sponsors and Winners:

SEPT 1999—…LOST—DUSTIN RAY

SEPT 2000—…LOST AND OAKLEY—TOMMY ACOSTA

SEPT 2001 WQS—OAKLEY, RED BULL, …LOST—RANDY TOWNSEND

SEPT 2002—OAKLEY, FOSTERS AND SPLIT CLOTHING—DANNY MELHALDO

SEPT 2003—OAKLEY AND …LOST—KYLE GARSON 

SEPT 2004 WQS—OAKLEY, BUD LIGHT AND …LOST—TIMMY REYES

SEPT 2005 WQS—OAKLEY AND BUD LIGHT—ASHER NOLAN 

SEPT 2006—OAKLEY AND SURFER MAGAZINE—BRIAN TOTH 

SEPT 2007—OAKLEY AND RED BULL—SAM HAMMER 

SEPT 2008—OAKLEY AND RED BULL—JEREMY JOHNSTON

SEPT 2009—OAKLEY AND RED BULL—JEREMY JOHNSTON

SEPT 2010 WQS JR PRO—NIKE 6.0—KOLOHE ANDINO

SEPT 2010—RED BULL—BALARAM STACK 

APRIL 2011 WQS JR PRO—RED BULL, OAKLEY AND SKULL CANDY—KEANU ASING

SEPT 2011 ASP WORLD TOUR—QUIK PRO TRIALS PRESENTED BY UNSOUND SURF—ASHER NOLAN

SEPT 2012 "RIGHT COAST CUP" QUIKSILVER AND ZICO—BLAKE JONES 

SEPT 2013 SPY OPTICS AND ZICO —RYAN BRIGGS

SEPT 18-21 2014 VOLCOM — ???

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See y'all there!

Better than Bertha: 12 Shot Roundup of Mid August’s Non-Tropical Surprise

The NY NJ Surf region got a rare treat for mid-August: A warm water version of a mid-winter storm swell. Heavy rains drenched parts of our area in the overnight, but by morning on the 13th, skies were already clearing to the west and south and the swell was filling in. WNW to West winds dominated most of the day meaning Jersey was the call, but not so much as to blow out Long Island where it might not have been as clean, but there were still plenty of size and ramps to be found…lasting right into the morning of the 14th, if you found the right spots!

Here's a bunch from around the region, featuring photos from so many of our great friends on Instagram and facebook – click through and follow them, and don't forget to follow us as well —> instagram.com/nynjsurf and facebook.com/NYNJSurf

Above Left: Bobby Siliato catches a high flyer. Robert Siliato Photography, via facebook.

Bonus: "Flipagram" of One of our favorite young surfers, Mikey Vanaman, tearing it up in S Jersey.

Hope you all got some – and here's hoping there's more on the way. I don't know about you, but another "non-tropical" event would suit me just fine. See y'all out there!

— Will Hallett http://instagram.com/nynjsurf