2007-08-03 / Community

Totally Two-bular!

Second 'Surfing-Only' Spot Official


The Department of Parks and Recreation officially designated the city's second "surfing-only" area last Friday morning, with a ceremony on the sand in Arverne. The new "surfing-only" area stretches from Beach 67 Street (accessible via the A Train and the new Beach Front Road) through Beach 69 Street. The city's only other designated surf spot was established between Beach 87 and Beach 91 Streets two years ago. "It became so popular so fast that it got crowded and we had to open another one," Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (fifth from right) explained. Benepe was joined by Parks staffers, Rockaway representatives, members of the Surfrider Foundation and others. Photos by Brian Magoolaghgan The Department of Parks and Recreation officially designated the city's second "surfing-only" area last Friday morning, with a ceremony on the sand in Arverne. The new "surfing-only" area stretches from Beach 67 Street (accessible via the A Train and the new Beach Front Road) through Beach 69 Street. The city's only other designated surf spot was established between Beach 87 and Beach 91 Streets two years ago. "It became so popular so fast that it got crowded and we had to open another one," Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (fifth from right) explained. Benepe was joined by Parks staffers, Rockaway representatives, members of the Surfrider Foundation and others. Photos by Brian Magoolaghgan Erik Johnson of the New York City chapter of the Surfrider Foundation (at podium) said the new "surfing-only" area will alleviate "pressure" at the first surfing area. "Ninetieth Street, it's very crowded," he said. Erik Johnson of the New York City chapter of the Surfrider Foundation (at podium) said the new "surfing-only" area will alleviate "pressure" at the first surfing area. "Ninetieth Street, it's very crowded," he said. Commissioner Benepe grabs a board and heads in, after getting a quick lesson from Surfrider Foundation member Chris Wade (right). Benepe surprised onlookers and himself by getting up on a couple of waves. "I was absolutely certain that I'd never be able to stand up on a surfboard," he said, attributing his surfing success to beginner's luck. Commissioner Benepe grabs a board and heads in, after getting a quick lesson from Surfrider Foundation member Chris Wade (right). Benepe surprised onlookers and himself by getting up on a couple of waves. "I was absolutely certain that I'd never be able to stand up on a surfboard," he said, attributing his surfing success to beginner's luck. Representatives from Arverne By The Sea opened Beach Front Road to make accessing Beach 67 Street easier and were on hand for the ceremony. Gerard "Gerry" Romski (second from left) and Omar Ventegeat (second from right) pose with Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski (left), Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska (third from right) and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (right) -  and a towering longboard. Representatives from Arverne By The Sea opened Beach Front Road to make accessing Beach 67 Street easier and were on hand for the ceremony. Gerard "Gerry" Romski (second from left) and Omar Ventegeat (second from right) pose with Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski (left), Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska (third from right) and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (right) - and a towering longboard. Benepe's surfing puns ("For years the hardcore surfers knew Rockaway was swell.") were about as flat as the 2- to 3-foot surf, but the hammy commish rebounded when he declared "surfing is not a crime." He also dubbed Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (not shown) the "Godmother of Surfing," Joe Addabbo (not present) "The Godfather of Surfing" and suggested renaming Arverne By The Sea "Surf City." Benepe's surfing puns ("For years the hardcore surfers knew Rockaway was swell.") were about as flat as the 2- to 3-foot surf, but the hammy commish rebounded when he declared "surfing is not a crime." He also dubbed Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (not shown) the "Godmother of Surfing," Joe Addabbo (not present) "The Godfather of Surfing" and suggested renaming Arverne By The Sea "Surf City."

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