New York Surf Week returns to Long Beach next week, with five days full of surf, skate, music, movie, and art events.
Surf Week, presented by NYSEA, runs from July 11-15. The event has grown into a Long Beach staple — now in its ninth year, the week includes the open surf contest and the kids’ surf contest, open skateboard contests, open charity surf events, parties, an art show, surf movie premieres at the Long Beach movie theater, beach and boardwalk vendors, and concerts presented by NYSEA.
Surf Week co-founder Will Skudin, a professional big-wave surfer sponsored by Hurley, said that the event began in memory of his late friend, George “Geeza” Geiser, a venerated local surfer, and the event includes a memorial paddle out in his honor on July 14.
The open surfing contest features both professional and local surfers, and the event will also include outings with Surf for All, a local nonprofit organization that provides surfing opportunities for people with disabilities and special needs. Outings for blind and visually impaired students at The Henry Viscardi School will be held during the week, in addition to the Adaptive All-Stars Competition.
For a full list of events and updates, visit www.nysurfweek.com.
NY Surf Week Vending Village (Located on National Boulevard and the boardwalk)
Wednesday-Thursday (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Friday (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
Saturday (9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
Sunday (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Wednesday, July 11
2 to 3:30 p.m. Adaptive All-Stars Competition. Athletes with challenges compete for the New York state championships. Hosted and operated by Surf For All, a Long Beach based charity dedicated to helping people get in touch with the ocean, the Adaptive All-Stars Competition uses special powered surf boards to maximize individual potential.
Thursday, July 12
1:30 to 3 p.m. Surf Outing For The School of Henry Viscardi. In Memory of Connor Troy. The Henry Viscardi School is a state-supported special education school by the Viscardi Center in New York for severely disabled students.
7 to 10:30 p.m. Surf Film Premiere Night of "Kissed by God" at the Long Beach movie theater.
8:00 a.m. to finish. NYSEA Open Surf Contest (women and men) at National Boulevard beach. Contest includes a $3,000 prize purse.
Saturday, July 14
NYSEA Kids Surf Contest, at National Boulevard beach. Contest 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, July 15
1 to 9 p.m. Bowl & Street Bash skateboard contest. At Long Beach Recreation Center, 700 Magnolia Blvd. The third Bowl & Street Bash will host a pro and kids division. Cash and sponsorship prizes!