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WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THE TIME I ALMOST DIED? Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick on January 7, 2018 NEWSWill Skudin used persistence and preparation to forge his place in the world of big-wave surfing. Along the way he wrestled with the same vulnerabilities we all face in the water: fear, anxiety and self doubt.   By


BREAKING THE SURFACE: THE JOURNEY OF A BEGINNER Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick on October 14, 2018 NEWSWhat is it like to try surfing for the first time at age 52? Charlotte Slivka decided to find out. The author By CHARLOTTE SLIVKA Surfing? I would never admit to this secret passion, not even to myself. Buried

Special Needs Surfers: ‘Riding Those Waves Makes Me Feel Free’

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Thanks to a program trading land for sea, kids with cerebral palsy and other special needs are surfing, and the benefits are physical and especially psychological. On a summer day on Long Beach, Long Island, parents and children can be seen playing in the sun and sand, surf boards ready

Camp gives kids with disabilities the chance to learn to surf

By Linda Massarella Disabled kids are catching waves on Long Island and standing on their own two feet — or hands. Isaiah Bird, 9, who was born without legs, is one of seven youngsters who are learning to ride the longboard this week on Atlantic Beach at what organizers call the state’s first surf camp for

Hospital for Special Surgery hosts surfing trip for kids with disabilities

By Kadia Goba kadia.goba@newsday.com For Aidan Conroy, his second try on a surfboard was a lot different from his first. The 13-year-old from Oakdale surfed for the first time last year with a life vest, which helped him spring back up after falling off his board. But this year, Aidan had no vest and he was

Surf Week returns with surf and skate contests

By Bridget Downes NYSEA’s New York Surf Week returned to Long Beach July 11-15 featuring an array of surf contests, skateboarding, charity events, parties and movie showings. The 9th annual event included open surf contests with professional and local surfers, kids’ surf contests, open skateboard contests, open charity surf outings, parties and surf movie premieres

Women Who Rule the Beach

Six empowered women in Long Beach By Bridget Downes and Elizabeth Thompson Beth Skudin, matriarch of the surfing community “I always love to be in the water,” Beth Skudin said, her bathing suit still wet under her cover-up. “It doesn’t feel like work. Beth is known as the matriarch of the Long Beach surfing community.

Cliff, Will and Woody Skudin — Long Beach Herald’s People of the Year

L.B. surfers helping others through local nonprofit Surf for All By Anthony Rifilato Long Beach resident Kim Miller’s son, Danny, a second-grader at West Elementary School, had been apprehensive about riding a surfboard. A brain aneurism before birth left Danny with mobility issues on his right side, making swimming and other physical activities a challenge.

Newsday Aug 16th 2018

Skudin Surf, Hurley host International Surf Day

By Elizabeth Thompson Skudin Surf and the Hurley Surf Club celebrated International Surf Day June 16, where hundreds of kids and adults received free surfing lessons with professional big-wave surfer Will Skudin and other seasoned athletes. International Surf Day is held each year on or near the summer solstice, and is described as an environmentally