2004-06-18 / Community

Henrick’s Surf Update: Rockaway Musician Inspired by Waves

By Henrick Karoliszyn

Sporting a metallic silver surfboard and long sideburns, Rockaway surfer and bandleader, 22-year-old Mike Dibella has rode the waves on 90th Street ever since he used to live on 130th street in Belle Harbor when he was 15 years old. 

Dibella now spends his time between his band, surfing and going to school, after which he wants to become a publication designer, with his innate aspiration of moving back to Rockaway, which he says, "is my true home."

As a multi-talented singer, song writer, guitarist and designer, Dibella thrives on being in the water, where he says, "most of our best stuff is inspired." Since moving to Staten Island, he has played in two bands, including his most current, "The Fall of the Sacred" who for those who enjoy heavy metal would appreciate immensely.

With inspirations from Black Sabbath, retro Metallica, Judas Priest and Megadeth, their sound is definitely a reflection of all these bands. With dark deep vocals of Megadeth, loud electric Metallicaesque guitar riffs, steadily equipped Judas Priest drumming and Black Sabbath quick end bass cuts, the band explodes with energy, but adds their own innovative touch to make their sound original as well. The garage inspired metal has a flavored rhythm ingredient that makes for a sharp edged, ear pounding, metal experience that is unique.

Channeling the music through surfing on Sunday, Dibella took the same force to the waves, taking in rides all day when the surf was way up from what Rockaway has seen in the past few weeks, with overhead surf.  Along with Dibella were close to thirty surfers, riding the waves through the cloudy day.

The upcoming week shows that today, waves will be good early, waist to chest high and good for longboarding. Saturday and Sunday look to be knee to waist high, with on shore winds, which will be better in the morning before the tide break. The rest of the week should bring some strong swells starting Wednesday. Dibella and the rest of the surfers should head out early all week to ride the best waves.

Looking forward to headlining a Queens show at the "Redzone" on June 18th, as well as a show in New Jersey on the following night at the "Cricket Club," Dibella said he is going to be surfing all week to "get ready."   

Tickets will be ten dollars at the door for both shows and directions or any further information on the band, as well as a video clip on the track, "She was never seen again" can be obtained from Fallofthesacred.com.  As Dibella said, "Music is my life and there are certain things that make me want to sing new songs.  Surfing is one of them."


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