Montauk has recently been garnering attention for its rowdy revelers, but before it became an East End hotspot, Montauk was a sleepy fishing hamlet where you could escape, set up camp and watch some of the best surfers shred the waves. Montauk history will be recognized this Saturday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the soft opening of the Montauk Surf Museum.
The sneak peek will celebrate 50 years of the iconic surfing film Endless Summer with a screening on the lawn of the Montauk Point Light’s natural outdoor amphitheater overlooking a gorgeous view of the ocean.
“The Montauk Surf Museum will present ocean science, as well as the art and history of surfing” to the community and its visitors,” according to the museum’s website. It’s not just about riding the waves—it’s also about protecting beaches and educating visitors about the threats facing the coast.
“The whole concept is to use surfing as an entry into oceanography, weather, coastal phenomenon. In other words, the sciences that lies behind surfing,” explained Russell Drumm, the museum’s acting curator and a member of the museum’s board, last fall after the museum reached its Kickstarter goal.
We all know Montauk is a rad place with a rich history from Native Americans to pirates—but how did that secluded hamlet jutting out into the Atlantic become the Northeast’s surfing mecca? And what can we do to keep it that way? The Montauk Surf Museum is the place to find the answers.
Bring your beach chairs and blankets! It’s a perfect night for family and friends to celebrate surfing in Montauk, a cause as close to home as the coastline. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts just after sunset, around 8:30 p.m. Be sure to stop in town early and grab a bite at 668 The Gig Shack or sip on some signature cocktails at Lynn’s Hula Hut.
This is the perfect opportunity to spend a night in Montauk that the whole family can be totally stoked about, and the locals won’t mind either.