Montauk is more than just all-night ragers at hot spots like Harbor and the popular after-hours dive bar Liars. The Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans and beaches, hosted a benefit high on a hill at a private house overlooking Lake Montauk. Called Two Coasts: One Ocean, the night was an inaugural kickoff to launch Surfrider’s vision of 100% “protection of our coasts.” The most glamorous local beach bums showed up: Bruce Weber and Nan Bush, Cynthia Rowley, Athena Calderone, Jenne Lombardo, Ollie Benz, Sean MacPherson and Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, Andrea Tese, Cory Paul Martin, Leilani Bishop, Ben Watts, Surf Lodge’s Jayma Cardoso and Justin Portman, to name a handful. The night included an outdoor screening highlighting Surfrider’s work and music by DJ Tennessee Thomas and pro-surfer “KK,” aka Keala Kennelly.
“Montauk is the perfect venue to highlight and celebrate the critical work and success of our chapter network. For example, the Eastern Long Island chapter, based in Montauk, is trying to stop the US Army Corps of Engineers from destroying the downtown beach with a 3,000-foot-long by 15-foot-high sandbag seawall,” Chad Nelson, Surfrider CEO, told The Daily. “Beyond that, the chapter also regularly hosts beach cleanups and leads an all-volunteer water quality monitoring program to highlight water pollution issues in the area. They are a perfect example of how indispensable and essential our chapter network is to the safety and health of our coasts.”
See you on the beach.