The Sandy surf-shop recovery
Brave New World
Brave New World Manager Craig Gordon and employee Brian Robinson have been selling tons of Ergo 'Restore the Shore' and Jetty 'Unite Rebuild' gear, the sales of which go directly back in the affected communities.
Breakwater Surf Co.
Breakwater Surf Co. in Rockaway is open and looking tight. But until the subway service to the Rockaways continues, there are questions about summer business.
Unfortunately, not every shop wrecked by Sandy will be reopening. Derf McTighe, who owned Island Style for 36 years, won't be reopening in Sea Bright.
This was the scene at Eastern Lines just after Sandy came through the front door. But Eastern Lines and Ocean Ave. in Belmar are open and advance beach-badge sales are already through the roof.
Farias Surf and Sport
Farias Surf and Sport owner Brian Farias atop the wreckage of his flagship store in Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island. He scrambled to rent a huge former bookstore on the adjacent mainland to save his winter season.
This is what you want to see: shops open and ready for business. While Inlet Outlet Surf Shop in Manasquan had only minor damage, they accepted relief supplies for the many battered households in town.
Heritage Surf Shop
Of all the Heritage family of stores, Margate was hit the hardest. But manager Kevin Morris was looking for an excuse to renovate anyway.
Mantoloking, New Jersey
While most towns are more excited than usual to get people onto the beaches and into the shops this summer, some towns are going have to start from scratch. This is Mantoloking, New Jersey, a full six months after the storm.
Right Coast Surf Shop
To celebrate his reopening, Mike Columbo threw a party in Right Coast Surf Shop in April. "Waves for Water were incredible to me and others in our area," said Columbo.
Busy, busy, six months after Sandy. Rockaway Beach's famed boardwalk will cost $300 million to rebuild. But every board laid is a sign of optimism for the city.
Yes. The surf shop is open. Eastern Lines Manager Nick DeLisa carves the sidewalk that the ocean swallowed last October.
Inlet Outlet's Stevie Holloway has enjoyed a decent winter and spring of surf, but like all shop owners, it's time to start ringing that register.
New Jersey original Tony Giordano surfed the budding IPS in the '70s before opening Ocean Hut Surf Shop. Despite being crushed by the storm and looters, he bounced back to open in March to be one of the great Sandy survival stories.
Unsound Surf Shop
In 2011, Unsound Surf Shop owners Dave Juan and Mike Nelson had the Quik NY Pro come to town. In 2012, they had Superstorm Sandy. They've worked hard to get back open.