A Tale of Two
Fins and Feet
Thembi Hanify surfs.
But she claims the surf of Rockaway Beach, where the Atlantic hits the southern shore of Queens, New York, “is actually by relation pretty shit” compared to the waves of her native Australia.
Yet there she is, living on the beach an hour outside of downtown Manhattan.
In the early morning light, she carries her board through dry brush to the sand. She zips on her wetsuit. Bobbing out, she breathes and balances, riding a wave with a victorious smile. Or she gets violently tossed below the green water’s surface, only to break it again and face the sun pouring down.
Back on land, a reverse trek home and a climb up brings her closer to the sky.