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In Pictures: The Rockaways and Coney Island

If you’ve lived in New York in recent years, you may have noticed a growing athletic trend: surfing.  From the coast of New Jersey to Long Island’s tip at Montauk, New Yorkers have found themselves drawn to our lilting tide.  Waves vary in size and accessing the perfect swell is something of an art-form  - but there’s something about our beaches that have inspired a burgeoning surf community.  You could catch them on subway, toting their unwieldy boards on the A-train; other times you can spot them ambling through the neighborhood, balancing their gear on their bicycle handlebars.  New York’s surf community is a well-rounded one, spanning from stock traders to members of the New York City Fire Department.


To complement our Resort Magazine story photographed at The Rockaways, we asked surf photographer Zak Bush to share some of his favorite Rockaway and Coney Island beach moments with 5th/58th.  Our story began weeks before Sandy even approached New York and then evolved and continued as Bush ventured to the shore to capture its tight-knit community just hours before Sandy devastated New York.  After the storm Bush tirelessly returned to the shore, donating supplies, shoveling sand and cleaning the homes of those who lost so much.  His dedication to this community reflected the general pace of the city post-Sandy: if you’re awake warm, go out and help others who need it.  While we don’t know exactly what the future of Coney Island and the Rockaways will be, we only can wish to see it restored and hope that you see this as our love story to a beach that once was and hopefully soon will be again.


What’s Needed:
Batteries * Work Gloves * Cleaning Supplies * Flashlights * Face Masks * Black Contractor Bags * Baby Cough Medicine * BAND-AIDS * Buckets * Shovels * Mops * Orange Juice * Baby Food & Formula * Neosporin * Ace Bandages


To get an idea what it’s like in The Rockaways, see the below film Poppy de Villeneuve & Alex Braverman made for our friends at Opening Ceremony:


ABOUT ZAK BUSH: Nearly five years ago Zak’s photographic career began with a broken wrist. Still wanting to participate in surfing and searching for waves with his friends, Zak found himself behind a borrowed SLR.  During those four months out of water he found a new passion: photography. Over the course of the next few years Zak became one of the key contributor to SBC surf magazine, who called Bush one of our favourite contributors. The newly New York based photographer is among the best at capturing the soul at the heart of surfing. Now working at Saturdays NYC in creative Zak continues to pursue his photography in- and outside of the water.
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