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"Working Class" Jetty Nicaragua trip, ESM

Ten years ago, I was still bartending full time in the summer and just getting my writing off the ground. I did a few stories on some young guys who had launched an apparel line. Then I started to work with them and help develop some ideas. I even shared my office with them for a year. Jetty has not only grown that into a legitimate company, but I've thoroughly enjoyed growing with them every step of the way. I've built great relationships with their team riders, staff, and the non-profits they are involved with. Then we all worked shoulder to shoulder in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Our community is far better off because of these guys.

Check out this feature on the Jetty trip to Nicaragua for Eastern Surf Magazine's Traveler's Notebook  Not quite the crazy voyages in a van through Central America 15 years ago, but it was an excellent time with a great crew. 

Ann's Photos: Inspirational Posters

Remember sitting in school and staring at those cheesy inspirational photos? You’re inside a cinderblock building and you’re supposed to be motivated by a photo of some landscape that has no relevance to your life with some tired slogan. The kids at the LBI School may have a little extra motivation when the school reopens, 18 months since Superstorm Sandy. Thanks to a cool collaboration project, several of Ann’s local LBI photos were enlarged into banners for the school with design by Michele Wright Guerriero and printed by our friends at Typestries in Manahawkin. These are all local images that the kids will likely relate to much better than some random mountain or desert rock. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone….” There are probably some adults who could use that tidbit.

Reverend Horton Heat for Inked

Reverend Horton HeatJay Watson for Inked Magazine.

Fans of rockabilly, surf guitar, punkabilly, etc… will be into this. I got to interview the Reverend Horton Heat for the current (Feb 2014, #61, the Pinup Issue) Inked Magazine. You can read the full interview here. The Rev talked about his new album “Rev,” which was released on Victory in late January, his impressive 30-year career, and why getting a band name or logo tattoo is dangerous if that artist turns out to like little boys. From the story: Although he doesn’t have sleeves of devil girls or sailor tats, the band members do have some very classic ink. However, Heath warns against getting the logo of your favorite musical artist as a tattoo. “Say you have a Gary Glitter tattoo—you never know when someone is gonna get hauled off to jail for being a pedophile! The whole [tattoo] kind of hinges on their future behavior,” he laughs.

Compassing for The Surfers Journal

Last summer, our friend Cyrus Sutton released his latest film, “Compassing.” One of the producers was our longtime bud and LBI native, Mark Tesi. Mark and Cy came back to the East Coast to show the film in Brooklyn and Ship Bottom last summer. They stayed with us, went clamming, hung out with Archie, and we all got fun little waves right out front, with Cyrus styling my Dad’s 1966 Weber Performer. The most recent edition of The Surfer's Journal has my review of “Compassing” on page 124. The mag is out now. So cool to work with our good friends.