Surfing made front page news today with a headline reading, “Web Surfers Think It’s a Swell Idea to Talk Business in Wetsuits.” The Wall Street Journal challenged the classic golf course as a business meeting atmosphere with a new territory – the ocean. Surfers of New York disguised as businessmen during the week, have been bringing their recreation to the negotiation tables in a unique way. This time, concerns of wave-hogging could make or break an important business partner. Perhaps the next time you start to pack your gear to hit the green, you might think twice and paddle out with your clients instead.
As the Wall Street Journal article says, “In a button-down city where contacts are made over cocktails and power breakfasts, a small group from the tech industry is choosing New York’s beaches as the preferred place to build business relationships.”
“Even the technology industry needs to check out sometimes,” the Wallstreet Journal reads. They develop a personal story with New York businessman and surfer, Michael Adler, who recently started a LinkIn group for surfers in the New York tech scene.
“With a super stressful lifestyle in New York, there are not that many places you can go to as a sanctuary…. In the water,” he said, “that’s the one time that no one can get a hold of me.”
If you didn’t know there is legit surf in NYC, September and October are the months to catch some hurricane swell. You can froth over the chilly swell in Queens in Elisa Bates’ new short film, “Away,” featuring the women of Rockaway Beach. Check out the trailer and film review!
For more on New York surfing history and emerging scene, check out The Surf Channel feature on NYC Surf.
Need a surf shop in New York City? Check out Pilgrim Surf + Supply in Brooklyn: