NYC’s Surf Collective Diversifies The Waves In Far Rockaway

Laru Beya Collective is a non-profit organization offering free surf lessons and water safety education to Black and Brown communities in NYC’s Queens borough. At Rockaway Beach, “environmental racism prevents access and comfortability: from lack of protection from lifeguards to poor beach maintenance, not to mention a stark wealth inequality along the channel.” This, coupled with a generational fear of water apparent in Black communities, makes …

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

An adventurous, ocean-lover's paradise situated on an outlying atoll in the Indian Ocean

As the last lights of Sri Lanka’s capital of Columbo fade into the night, the vast darkness of the Indian Ocean sets in. For 600 kilometers, it’s nothing but the velvety black of the sea and a canopy of stars. Then, like a brilliant shower of sparks, the coral island nation of the Maldives appears. Arriving in the Maldives—made up of around 1,200 islands (the …

Locals Surf School, Rockaway

Learning how to surf in NYC has never been easier or more fun—just bring sunblock and good vibes

The city beach culture is one of NYC’s unique features that still largely flies under the radar. While some still make the long trek to and from the Hamptons—or even as far as Newport or Cape Cod—on summer weekends, the beaches in Queens have only grown more appealing for their immediate access and, particularly in Rockaway, the surf scene. The stretches of beach offer prime …