After a long day in Manhattan I made the trek across the water to the narrow peninsula that sits just southeast of Brooklyn; Rockaway. If you’ve never been to Rockaway it can be a bit of a culture shock. Roughly 3 blocks wide, this beach is home to some of the richest culture in all of New York City. The bay is situated on the north side and the south side opens up directly to the Atlantic Ocean. Modern Rockaway isn’t as much of the rough-and-tumble telltale that you’ve likely heard about. The Rockaways were met with Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012, devastation ensued for the tiny peninsula in a way that no one could imagine. “We heard there was going to be flooding, but this street had never really seen more than about 4 inches of water.” This is Thomas Brookins, New York surfer, filmmaker, and de facto ambassador for his home of Rockaway. I was told there were houses floating up the street, pieces of the boardwalk thrown blocks away, carnage. Among the structures lost, memories went with them. Pictures, keepsakes, family heirlooms; entire lives and history were gone.
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Bustin Shop Focus: Billabong New Jersey
Billabong New Jersey is a family owned and operated surf and skate shop—but this is not just any family. The Mesanko family has a long, proud history at the heart of the New Jersey surf scene. Sons Dillon and Luke run the shop now but their father Greg Mesanko opened the legendary Grog’s Surf Palace in Seaside Park all the way back in 1971. They’ve been supporting Bustin for years and we’re stoked to have them as supporters of our boards and our brand.
They have this to say about Bustin: “We have grown a trust with Bustin because…they’re constantly pushing out cutting edge models and construction while still offering high quality cruisers and bamboo boards for the average skater. And of course their graphics are always sick. Our customers also count on us to carry brands who are pushing the sport forward and are different then what’s on the racks at mall stores.”
Their current spot in Shrewsbury has been open since 2007 and has built a loyal following because of a focus on customer service and a knowledgeable staff. They also support a local skate team—and we love to support shops that support skaters!
Local shops are what it’s all about and Billabong New Jersey is just that. If you live in the area get out there and show them your support—whether it’s buying a new longboard, some wheels or even picking up some new boardshorts for the beach.
If you don’t live near them then get out there and support the local shop in your area—check out our dealer locator for a Bustin dealer new you!