Rockaway - Surfing Headlong Into a New Life
Rockaway - Surfing Headlong Into a New Life
Rockaway - Surfing Headlong Into a New Life
Rockaway - Surfing Headlong Into a New Life

Rockaway · Surfing Headlong Into a New Life

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The inspirational story of one woman learning to surf and creating a new life in gritty, eccentric Rockaway Beach. 

Unmoored by a failed marriage and disconnected from her high-octane life in the city, Diane Cardwell finds herself staring at a small group of surfers coasting through mellow waves toward shore—and senses something shift. Rockaway is the riveting, joyful story of one woman’s reinvention—beginning with Cardwell taking the A Train to Rockaway, a neglected spit of land dangling off New York City into the Atlantic Ocean. She finds a teacher, buys a tiny bungalow, and throws her not-overly-athletic self headlong into learning the inner workings and rhythms of waves and the muscle development and coordination needed to ride them.

As Cardwell begins to find her balance in the water and out, superstorm Sandy hits, sending her into the maelstrom in search of safer ground. In the aftermath, the community comes together and rebuilds, rekindling its bacchanalian spirit as a historic surfing community, one with its own quirky codes and surf culture. And Cardwell’s surfing takes off as she finds a true home among her fellow passionate longboarders at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, living out “the most joyful path through life.”

Rockaway is a stirring story of inner salvation sought through a challenging physical pursuit—and of learning to accept the idea of a complete reset, no matter when in life it comes.

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CANADA

FREE Curbside Pickup
FREE Orders over $150, exclusions below apply (shipped using Canada Post Expedited Parcel with tracking)
$15 Flat rate shipping for soft goods and select hard goods accessories for orders under $150
$20 Hand planes, wompers, PFDs/life vests, day bags
$45 Surfskates, iSUPs, balance boards, skimboards, bodyboards, travel bags, paddles, bike/wall racks
$100 Surfboards shorter than 8 foot
$200 Surfboards 8 foot and longer
If you prefer, choose CURBSIDE PICK-UP to avoid any costs and pop by our shop at your leisure to collect your online order. 

CONTINENTAL USA*

FREE SHIPPING Orders over $300 anywhere in Continental United States (exclusions below apply)
$20 Flat rate shipping for soft goods and select hard goods accessories for orders under $300
$30 Hand planes, wompers, PFDs/life vests, day bags
$70 Surfskates, iSUPs, balance boards, skimboards, bodyboards, travel bags, paddles, bike/wall racks
We are unable to ship surfboards to the USA

*Additional charges may apply for shipments to Hawaii and Alaska, as well as for shipments with multiple items to continental states.
Any duties, taxes or associated brokerage fees will be the responsibility of the customer. For additional shipping inquiries — please email us at aloha@surfthegreats.org.

INTERNATIONAL

We proudly ship worldwide and have shipped products to over 25 countries. International shipping rates are automatically calculated and shown at checkout. 

We do not ship surfboards internationally. 

Additional shipping rates may apply depending on location and type of item. We will contact you if there are extra fees associated with your order and reserve the right to cancel your order and issue a refund if we are unable to ship your order at a reasonable price.

Orders will be packaged and ship out within 2 business days (our shop is closed Sundays and Mondays)

For returns, exchanges and all customer service inquiries please visit our Customer Care page.