Shop Rides Surfing Wave in Rockaway


Beaches along the Rockaway peninsula in Queens are popular surfing spots.

Podcast and photos by Miguel Machado


At Boarders, a board is prepped for the waves.

Boarders Surf Shop, on Beach 92nd Street, opened in 2004, when the city’s surfing community was a small, tight-knit group. Since then, owner Steven Stathis said he had witnessed the scene grow in popularity. His shop sells and rents boards, offers surfing lessons and is a center for all of those — newcomers and old-timers — who ride the waves on the edge of Queens.

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benBen Wilcox works as a Japanese translator in Manhattan. He speaks Mandarin, Japanese and is learning Korean. Wilcox has immersed himself in Asian culture and currently lives in Flushing, N.Y.

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