Surfing is one hell of a selfish pursuit, but we all give into it. Every now and then we get a chance to give back, but how often have you blown off a beach cleanup, a Surfrider Foundation meeting or the like for a surf? Now, there's a perfect opportunity to give back. Now, you can donate and be a part of surf history by helping fund an award winning filmmaker's drive to complete a previously untold surf story.
Thomas Brookins, my good friend, neighbor and the award winning director of the New York City surf history documentary, Shadows of the Same Sun, has taken to Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds to complete his latest surf documentary, Fire and Water.
This is the story of Don “Gums” Eichin, from Long Island NY, who was one of a handfull of pioneering surfers in the late 1950's and 60's that set out to make a life in Hawaii. Don was joined by some of surfing's greatest legends, testing their skills in the big waves of Hawaii's Northshore; surfing Oahu's Banzai Pipeline, Wiamea, and “Gums”, the infamous spot named after one of Don's worst wipeout. Returning to NYC in the late 60's, he became a New York City Firefighter during one of the most dangerous times in NYC history. Living a life that is no less than legend, his passion for surfing, the ocean and firefighting passed through a generation inspiring his family and friends to surf and become FDNY Firefighters.
This film is an important lost surfing tale that is still being written today as Don's sons, Eric & Randy follow in their father's footsteps alongside good friends Brian Walsh & Casey Skudin. It is an eye opening look at how surfers from New York have always been there and how these surfers gained respect amongst surfers from all over the world.
Thomas Brookins has worked tirelessly to piece this story together, breaking his wallet and even battling cancer along the way. He's now turning to all of us, the surfers, to help fund the film's finish.
Bring out your inner Aloha, get out your credit card, head to the official Fire and Water Kickstarter page and take an active part in seeing this unique surf story find its ending.