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Etan Blatt’s “Greetings From Jonas | The New York Blizzard of 2016” Surf Vid

Want more evidence of what a special swell accompanied Winter Storm Jonas? Our great friend, NY's own Etan Blatt, just released his latest video, a beautifully shot and edited piece that he is graciously allowing us to feature right here on

The vid features some of the best talent our region has to offer: New York's Balaram Stack, James Theobald and Joe Parrino, and New Jersey's Pat Schmidt, Mike Gleason and Sam Hammer. Click below to check it out! (Above left: Etan's "workbench" – and a look through a Jonas barrel.)

With February just around the corner, there will most likely be more in store for us before we're done with Winter 2015-2016. Like all of you I'll be closely watching the forecast models – with any luck something will develop soon, giving Etan another set of great clips to edit – and with a little more luck, I'll see y'all out there!

Will Hallett


Life after Snowmageddon 2016: Blue Skies and Bombing Sets Abound – NY NJ Surf Region Photo Roundup

CJ Mangio and Owen O'Donnell set to catch the cleanup after the Blizzard of 2016Winter 2015-2016 brought desperately little in terms of snow…until January 23rd, 2016, that is. And when it finally did begin to snow across our area, it didn't stop until many if us were blanketed under more than 2 feet. But as often happens for us, the real action didn't arrive until the next  day as the intense low pressure system that pummelded the are pulled north and east – pushing behind it solid groundswell pulses under bright sun and crystal clear skies. From all accounts and personal experience, it wasn't easy out there today, but there were definitely some cold, salty gems to be scored. Who scored it the best? You be the judge – here's a dozen images from some of our favorite Instagram follows. Like what you see? Click through and give our friends a follow! And of course, don't forget to follow us while you're at it —> (Above left: Long Beach supergroms @cjmangio_surfer @owenodonnell31 set to hit the post-blizzard cleanup. Photocredit: Our great friend, Craig Mangio).

Bonus! Alex DePhillipo and Dark Fall Productions: Andrew Gesler takes on Snowmageddon Jonas, with the help of Weezer.

Double Bonus: Our great friend Etan Blatt captures the waves and a quick escape, with no help from Weezer.

Hope y'all enjoyed the waves, with any luck there's more in store for us soon. See y'all out there!

Will Hallett

“The Reef” New York Premiere – Feb 18th, 2016 – Not your ordinary surf film!

What do you get when you combine great surfing and cinematography with The Australian Chamber Orchestra? A surf film unlike any other you're likely to see, perhaps ever. Set on Ningaloo Reef on Australia's north west coast, "The Reef" is both a visual and auditory treasure, featuring everything from Alice in Chains' Them Bones to Beethoven's Cavatina. As for the surfing, our great friend Derek Hynd serves as the film's Director of Surfing – suffice to say, it's outstanding.

There's only one New York showing scheduled  – February 18th at the 92nd Street Y and it's likely to sell out fast, so get your tickets now! Click the image above, or click here:

Here's a preview:

I'll be there, hope to see y'all there as well!

Will Hallett

2016 ESA All Stars Video!

New Year, brand new Eastern Surfing Association ALL Star Team! And it's jammed packed with young, talented surfers and some great friends of ours. This terrific video was produced by Jordan Montgomery of the Eastern Surfing Association's ESA All-Stars for the Surf Expo's induction ceremony, and features great clips and stills of the 2016 All Stars: Ryan Conklin, Patrick Conklin, Jordan Montgomery, Nohea Futrell, Spencer Bridges, Sophie Falzone, Logan Kamen, Kai Nichols, Lars Hamilton, Lily Whatley, Leah Thompson, Alexa Muss, Cooper Fortney, Braidyn Cunningham, Julia Eckel, Noah Dovin, Georgia Cook, Maria Barend, Ana Barend, Cierra Cunningham, Haley Watson, Rodney Logan, and Chuck Barend. 

Solid crew, solid surfing – check it!

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