First-ever surf festival coming to Bellport


A group of Long Island residents are looking to bring an official surfing event to Bellport Village, for the first time ever. The Blue Water Vagabond Surf Festival will bring several aspects of the community together around surfing. 

Organizers of the event said the breach at Fire Island has created a surf break with good conditions for the watersport in recent years. It’s allowed a community that enjoys the activity to develop around Bellport. 

“It’s been really magical the last couple of years,” said Andy Gordon, an organizer of the event. 

Gordon and some friends approached the village board with their idea earlier this summer and have been working out the details. The board agreed to the final proposal and the festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 15 with a rain date of the following Sunday. Registration is expected to open soon as the organizers work on a website and social media to promote the event. The registration fee will include a trip across on the ferry. 

The organizers expect about 40 to 50 participants for the surf contests. There will also be exhibits on display by local artists and some guest speakers to talk about environmental issues. The group chartered the Ho Hum ferry for the event, with a special early run at 8 a.m. The special run will be open to both residents and nonresidents. There will be two lifeguards and first aid on duty. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Post-Morrow Foundation and the Center for Environmental Education and Discovery (CEED).

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