Catch a Wave at Rockaway Beach

When was Rockaway Beach discovered by surfers? One charming, if perhaps apocryphal, story claims that the first person to paddle out was none other than Duke Kahanamoku, in 1912. Undisputed: the father of modern surfing passed through Queens on his way home to Hawaii, after winning a gold medal, in swimming, at the Stockholm Olympics. It’s also true that, a hundred and ten years later, the surf break off the Rockaways is the only legal spot in New York City to catch a wave.

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