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"Culture Thieves," Asbury Park

Eastern Surf Magazine asked me to pen this piece on the recent controversy in Asbury Park the controversial townhome project on the North End and the developer's co-opting of surfboards to align themselves with part of the culture that has helped rebuild the city's waterfront. They also used a handful of Ann's photos. This is the full story and images.

Ann and I both have a history with this town going back over 20 years each, long before the redevelopment. We're still there for shows, events, and friends a few times a month. You can check Ann's online Asbury Gallery that has shows some of the history of the last ten years, with many of the photos taken before the revitalization. 

Who Da Guys in ESM

Eastern Surf Magazine Issue 178 is out. This is the annual "Who Da Guy" issue where they profile a bunch of East Coasters you may have not heard of. This summer, they asked me to write up two of the dozen - LBI/Maui charger Ben Raimo and his tale of beating alcoholism to ride some serious Hawaiian surf and our good friend and Barbados charger, Barry Banfield of Surfing Barbados Banfield's profile shot was by Ann and the insane barrel was taken by our Bajan bud Tarik Brown.

Check out the digital issue.

Barry Banfield by Tarik Browne.

Julie Goldstein Show Huge Success

We could not be happier about the Julie Goldstein show "Women's Lifesaving League" last Friday night at the Ann Coen Gallery, or more grateful to everyone who came out to support. Between Julie's amazing work, the great July weather, all those cute kids, and the attendance, we feel very lucky. We had so much family, old friends, and new - over 200 people who came through the door.

Once again, Julie captured a moment of inspiration and told the story of the original NYC water women through her artwork. Every piece shows the amount of detail involved in her process and the originality of her work. Once again, thanks to the love from the SMASH NYC, NY NJ Surf, the Surfer's View, and the SandPaper.

The show sold out almost entirely, but will hang through Sunday, July 20. If you are interested in a bag, there are more in the works. There are a few pieces of amazing apparel left, but as with the bags, you can contact Julie to get the right size. Here email is JulieGoldstein1@gmail.com. She will be on LBI all week and available for meetings at the Gallery for artwork (1418 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City.) We want to thank everyone who came out, and especially Julie, Mark and Frankie. This is what it's all about.