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Swell Season is a weekly radio show and podcast dedicated to New Yorkers who surf. Swell Season has evolved into a network of contributing hosts, who have a variety of perspectives on surfing and surf culture. Join us each week as we speak with different members of the local and global surf community that make New York the improbable and fascinating surf culture that it is.

Swell Season is recorded at the NewStand Studio in Rockefeller Center and is distributed by WAX.Radio. Listen to us also on all these fun spots: Soundcloud , Stitcher, iTunes, Spotify & YouTube.

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In the annals of surfing history, Sandy Ordille is an extremely important figure. For not only did she participate in making it, but she has made it her life's work to document, preserve & highlight women surfers whose narratives have been long overlooked. Sandy has lived an incredibly impressive life as a pioneer and founding member of professional surfing. She was there at the inception of the IPS pro tour, where she traveled the world on a shoestring budget, competing and breaking new ground. In 2016, she was inducted into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame and then in 2017, The New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame. In another life, Sandy played in the all female band, Avant Garage in the late 80’s early 90’s when all female bands were the rarity. In short, Sandy is a revolutionary, a groundbreaker, and has most definitely led the charge for women’s equality both in and out of the water. Sandy is a native Ocean City, NJ and is our guest on this week’s episode of Swell Season Surf Radio.Swell season Surf Radio is recorded by the Newsstand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.RadioMusic:Song: Wind 'an' SeaBand: Dakota Motor CoAlbum: Into The Son
Patrick Conlon is your quintessential New Yorker. He’s a smart talking, street walking surfer, artist, marketer, and former owner of the legendary Epstein’s Bar in the lower east side. He’s as OG Rockaway as they get. He grew up in the 80’s on a steady diet of surfing the Rocks and sneaking into punk shows. Pat’s lived many lives. He chased his surf passion and went to university at USC, started an industry surf zine, came back to NYC and worked as an editor at Spin during its heyday. He went on to be a marketing person for some of the major brands at their peak, such as, Quiksilver, Volcom, Vans, Supra & Kr3w apparel. He’s worked for incredible artists such as Tom Sach’s and is now producing his own iconic work. Pat is quick witted, charming, and charismatic. He’s always got a smart response with a twist of humor. We cover a lot of ground in this episode. So hold on because it’s a zig zagging ride that tells a story of one of Rockaways most beloved surfers. We hope you enjoy… Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by the Newsstand Studio at Rockefeller Center, in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.RadioMusic: I Know You Got SoulArtist: Eric B & RakimAlbum: Paid In Full
Greg Wachsteter isn’t known for his fancy surfing or contributions to the surf industry. But… Greg is one of the most disciplined surfers I know. I have frequently woken up early for many dawn patrol sessions out in Montauk, only to see Greg paddling back as the sun is just rising over the horizon, already with an hour under his belt. His quote on his Instagram is “choose to be optimistic, it feels better “. Greg is a successful trader, one of the principles at Watermill Trading, a father, husband and no doubt brings his zeal into all aspects of his life. He also started Black Pool Coffee Roasters as a side project to do with his son. He bounces from NYC to Montauk weekly and never seems to be low on energy. He practices mindfulness and we get into some powerful conversation about mental health, living a purposeful life, and maintaining presence. He is our guest on this episode of Swell Season Surf Radio and this is a not to miss episode. Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
In the fall of 2018, Maria Riley moved to the Rockaways and knew immediately that she had come home. Growing up, close to the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, Riley always felt that her soul had been fed by water. A self taught photographer, over the past three years, Riley has spent almost every day documenting beach life, water birds, city scenes and her main focus, surf photography in Rockaway. Her work has recently appeared in the West Texas Literary Review and in The Kelp Journal. She is currently working on two photo projects and is writing a memoir, “Falling Waters.” Her first photo show is coming up on October 29th, at the “Avoid The Day” book store in Rockaway. She is probably best known among the NYC crew for her instagram handle: @LifeofrileyNYC. We really enjoyed having her on as a guest for this episode. She brings an incredible amount of experiences and enthusiasm that you can't help but feel throughout this interview. We hope you enjoy... Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
Dylan Hronec is a 29 year old surfer from North Bellmore, New York. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Dylan has tackled many obstacles to get to where he is today. He has been surfing for almost 11 years. He developed a love for the water from a young age, but was always involved in other sports as surfing was not considered a possibility for him. That is, until Dylan went online one day and came across videos of Jesse Billauer, an accomplished quadriplegic surfer, and became instantly determined. Dylan’s family supported this dream of his and started looking up possible surf outings in the area. They found a couple of local non-profits and soon enough, Dylan was riding his first wave. He is now more commonly known as The Surfing Samurai and has gone on to surf in Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool, competed in the US Adaptive surfing Championships and is a brand ambassador for both the We The 15 campaign and the Local Non-profit, Surf For All. He’s appeared in numerous media outlets such as CBS, ESPN, Buzzfeed and more. We are super stoked to have him as our guest on this episode of Swell Season Surf Radio. For more information go to: thesurfingsamurai.comSwell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
Man in the Field: The Life and Art of Jim Denevan profiles Outstanding in the Field founder Jim Denevan, his trials of growing up in a turbulent family dynamic, and the artwork that came of it — both in his geometric land drawings and table-to-farm dinners through Outstanding in the field. Instead of bringing the food to the restaurant, Outstanding in the Field has brought the restaurant to the food since 1999. Hosted at one long table, with 100 to 1000 guests dining together, Denevan has set tables in vineyards, beaches, meadows, fishing docks, and city streets. Over 120,000 lucky patrons in all 50 states and 16 countries have experienced this once-in-a-lifetime event. We are fortunate to be joined by the Film’s Director, our friend Patrick Trefz, Producer, Jesse Carfield, and the subject of the film, Artist Jim Denevan for this episode. It's an incredible conversation and we encourage all of our listeners to check out this film. It is currently streaming on all platforms. If you are interested in learning more about Outstanding in the Field, go to: www.outstandinginthefield.comSwell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
On this episode of Swell Season, Host, Karen sits down with the epitome of the “Aussie Battler” and 1993 ASP Women’s World Surfing Champion, Pauline Menczer. She’s one of the subjects, heroines and stars of the feature film “Girls Can’t Surf” that premiered and headlined at this year's “Women’s Surf Film Festival” in Rockaway Beach. The film features Pauline and a generation of surfers from the 80’s & 90’s who chased their passion to surf against all odds and changed the sport forever. This is an incredible interview and it is an honor to have Pauline on the show. Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
9/11 was twenty years ago. It’s hard for many of us to believe that, that much time has passed since that fateful day. On this episode we ask “Where were you?” It’s a question that gets asked a lot on the anniversary and we thought we would collect various recollections from that day. We first talk to firefighters, Christopher “Dorado” Gabby and Brian Walsh about that day and then we went to the 9/11 Memorial Paddle Out on Riverside Drive in Long Beach to document the gathering of our community to remember that day. we remember those we lost and those who sacrificed their lives. This day still stings for many of us and while time can help us move forward, the pain we all collectively experienced will never let us forget. Special Thanks Marvin Weiss, Skudin Surf & Surfrider LB for helping to coordinate the memorial paddle out and everyone who came to pay their respects. Aloha Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
A native from Melbourne, Australia, Davina Grincevicius relocated to New York City over 12 years ago and currently resides in Rockaway Beach. Her passion for surfing, shooting film and building community inspired her to launch Women’s Surf Film Festival over 8 years ago. In that time, the festival has grown and is now a week long celebration of films, panel discussions, art shows, and much much more… It inspires and encourages surfers from many different backgrounds and has had a positive ripple effect on the NY surf community. The Festival is from September 6 to the 12th, taking place in Rockaway Beach. I had an opportunity to sit down with Davina and talk about this years upcoming festival and why this is a not to miss event. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone can go. As if awesome movies weren’t enough, Swell Season will be hosting a live Q&A with NY Times Writer and recent guest Diane Cardwell on Thursday, September 9th at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. That should be a great conversation. Check the festival website for more information: www.womenssurffilmfestival.com We hope you enjoy our chat with Davina and hope to see you at the festival. Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
Many of us know that surfing is an addictive sport. It’s something that pulls on us, gives immense dopamine highs and surges us with serotonin, we go through withdrawals when we go without it and become irritable to our loved one’s, It makes us avoid our daily responsibilities in order to escape the pressures of life. Our guest, Thad Ziolkowski's latest book deals with this topic.: "The Drop: How The Most addictive sport can help us understand addiction and recovery." We discuss the parallels between surfing and addiction, how surfing can even prime us for addiction and help us recover. This is an. incredible conversation and hope you enjoy. Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
On this episode of Swell Season we are pleased to have in the studio Diane Cardwell, a founder of Vibe magazine and a reporter and editor for over two decades at The New York Times. She is an inaugural writer of “Portraits of Grief,” the signature profiles of those killed in the 9/11 attack and has also covered beats such as alternative energy, politics, urban development and surfing. We discuss her latest memoir, "Rockaway: Surfing Headlong Into a New Life," which was released during the height of COVID last year in hardcover, and more recently in paperback. The book is set to be a Netflix film, starring and produced by Kerry Washington. We dive into her book, the extraordinary life changes that happen when you commit to surfing and the Rockaway community. It’s a fascinating discussion. We will be hosting a live discussion with Diane Cardwell at the Women’s Surf Film Festival on Thursday, September 9th at 7PM. Please Join us: http://womenssurffilmfestival.com/Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
Our guests for this episode are the founders of Emocean, a surf-centric magazine that champions diverse perspectives, radical creativity, relatability and empowerment, and especially the narratives of women, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ surfers. Founder and Creative Director, Thembi Hanify & Editor Mariah Ernst join hosts Tyler Breuer and Karen Song to discuss their new magazine, representation in surfing, and the new grassroots push to make surfing more inclusive. Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
On this episode of Swell Season, our guest is a writer, journalist, author, editor, publisher, business owner and host of the 'Looking Sideways' Podcast, Matthew Barr. Matthew has been working in action sports media and communications since the mid-1990s where he was the editor of Whitelines Snowboarding Magazine until 2005, when he started his own marketing agency, All Conditions Media. He recently published a book with good friend and extremely talented photographer, Owen Tozer, where they went on a Californian pilgrimage, visiting the people and places that loomed large in their side-stanced upbringings. Legends such as Herbie Fletcher, Jamie Thomas, Cori Schumacher, Jamie Brisick, Circe Wallace, Taylor Knox and many more. Our discussion ranges from his latest book to the democratization of the action sports media to who our most difficult guests were and much more. Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
Yawn Patrol is a collection of 35 millimeter photographs mostly taken at the beach in New York City between 2018-2020. The book is a collection of images of early mornings, friendships, party waves, aging skaters, and an ocean that sometimes feels more like a lake. It's boardshorts to booties and back again. It’s creator is Hoshi Ludwig, a designer and educator currently living in Brooklyn. He’s worked with various companies such as Supreme, Nike, The North Face, Google and most recently Instagram. He also taught design at The SVA for 8 years. Hoshi grew up skateboarding and snowboarding in Colorado and has been surfing in New York City and surrounding areas for the past 11 years and he is our guest on this episode of Swell Season Surf Radio. Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
On this episode of Swell Season Surf Radio, we still down with leading aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, Dr. Joe Wolf MD. For those who are not familiar with Dr. Joe, he has become the go to surgeon of choice amongst Rockaway locals and has probably stitched up more surfers in NYC than any other surgeon in recent years. We discuss stitch stories, how he came to surfing and what to do if you find yourself with a huge gash. This episode is not for the squeamish.For more information on Dr. Joe Wolf MD go to: http://wolfplasticsurgery.comSwell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
Our guest was the 2009 XXL Big Wave Paddle In Award winner, a former big wave charger and now turned photographer, Derek Dunfee. Derek is a lifelong surfer raised on the reefs of La Jolla, California, who went on to travel the world and chase swells, becoming one of the most respected big wave surfers on the planet. At present day he's reached a comfort level in heavy conditions that allows him to take his camera into scenarios most could never imagine. Dunfee's images take you right into the heart of some of the ocean's most powerful moments. It's this Unique perspective that makes his imagery so remarkable, and ultimately timeless. He has recently launched his second book, Waking up in the Sea, where he goes into detail about surfing and chasing big waves. But also opens up about how the concussions and trauma he suffered from big wave surfing impacts him in his everyday life. Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by The NewsStand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is distributed by WAX.Radio
Girls Can’t Surf shares the untold story of a ragtag bunch of inspired, renegade Australian, American, and South African women surfers who battled against inequality, homophobia, and chauvinism of their fellow sportsmen, sponsors, and institutions. As the sea ebbed and flowed, so did their struggle, fortunes, and notoriety of these pioneering surfers, but nothing kept these radical women from catching their own waves. On this episode of Swell Season Surf Radio, host Karen Song had the privilege of interviewing the director, Christopher Nelius on the upcoming release and the process of making this film. The films release couldn’t be timelier as women in surfing continues to rise. With the WSL’s recent pioneering of equal gender pay and the sports debut in the Olympics on the near horizon, the time is ripe to look to the past, to see truly how far the sport has come, and the women who made the sacrifices, laid the foundations, and fought for what it is today. This episode was Recorded with the Newstand Studio at Rockefeller Center in the heart of NYC and is distributed by WAX.Radio
Our guest this week is someone who has become a staple in the lineup at Rockway and has recently gained notoriety for YouTube videos of testing surfboards under Skipper Surf Reviews. His name is Yury Tsedenov and those in the Rockaway community know him well. His videos are from a more entry level surfer perspective posting instructional clips to board reviews. Sure, any board under an expert level surfer can look good, but Yury provides a fresh and unique perspective and gives the average surfer a much better understanding of their equipment. He’s originally from Russia and came to New York City in 2009 and started surfing in 2013. His level of stoke and froth is contagious and we’re happy to have him on the latest episode of Swell Season. Swell Season is recorded by the NewsStand Studio in Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan. Check out @rockfellercenter and is distributed by Wax.Radio
Born and raised in Old Howard Beach (located on Jamaica bay). When Jimmy Dowd was a grom, his mom took him daily down to the beach in Rockaway, where he developed his love of surfing. As soon as he was old enough to live on his own, he moved to Rockaway Beach and has been Rockaway "Surf Royalty" ever since. During the 90's he worked in multiple skate shops in Manhattan. Eventually, Jimmy started his own brand, St. James Clothing, which was established in 2000 and he became Co-Owner of Boarders Surf Shop alongside the Stathis Family. Jimmy Dowd is a true devotee to the Rockaway neighborhood and he is our guest on this week's episode of Swell Season Surf Radio. Swell Season is recorded and produced by the NewsStand Studio in Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan. @rockfellercenterand Swell Season is distributed by WAX.Radio.
Swell Season Presents: Dear ShredderEpisode 2 of Dear Shredder features shaper and former substance use counselor, Jimmy O Brien. Dear Shredder is hosted by Matt L. Rohrer, a licensed psychotherapist practicing in NYC who just happens to be a skateboarder, surfer, writer & musician. Dear Shredder looks at mental health issues through a shredder’s lens and shredding issues through a mental health lens. It also aims to reduce stigma around mental illness/mental health care in skate and surf communities. In the second episode, Matt is joined by Jimmy O'Brien, a shaper, surfer, and former counselor in a sober living environment. They discuss Jim's experiences with addiction and recovery, the role that surfing played, and answer questions from listeners around increased use during the pandemic, struggles in relationships, and more.If you’d like to contribute a question visit @dearshredder on Instagram where you can fill out an anonymous form. Swell Season Surf Radio is recorded by NewsStand studios at Rockefeller Center in the heart of Manhattan and is Distributed by WAX.Radio Disclaimer: Listening to this podcast does not constitute therapy/mental health care. If you or someone you know are having a mental health emergency, dial 911 or visit the nearest emergency room. Below is a list resources: Resilience Lab: Offering therapy where ever you are, online or in New York City where our offices are welcoming, inclusive spaces where you can relax, open up and learnhttps://resiliencelab.usAckerman Institute for the Family: Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.https://www.ackerman.orgBrooklyn Center for Psychotherapy: Recognizing the growing treatment needs of the substance abusing population, New Directions was founded in 1988 to service this community. Licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, it has grown to be a cornerstone of chemical dependency treatment in Brooklyn.https://newdirectionsbrooklyn.com
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