Kurt Rist’s definition of risk differs greatly from that of the general population.When Rist, 29, talks about “risk assessment” in big-wave surfing, he’s making decisions about whether or not to jump into the Pacific Ocean in southern Mexico when the waves are 60 feet high. Waves that run from 20 to 40 feet high? Those are his version of a no-brainer.The Southampton native made those decisions recently while surfing in Puerto Escondido this spring. He quickly booked a ticket for his fourth trip to the surf spot—referred to as the Mexican Pipeline—after seeing the surf report promising some of the ... 12 May 2015 by Cailin Riley
Since graduating from Southampton High School in 2004, Kurt Rist has spent his winters in Hawaii, living the dream of any serious surfer. But during the most recent cold months, he opted to forego tropical paradise for a decidedly different experience—and it’s a decision he certainly won’t regret. 19 Mar 2013 by Cailin Riley
Mirabai James is, in many ways, the consummate girly girl. Her surfboard and most of her surfing attire are pink, and during an interview in Southampton in late July, she wore sparkly eye shadow, shiny lip gloss and a pair of hoop earrings with tiny shark teeth dangling in the middle. 10 Aug 2010 by Cailin Riley
Thanks to blue skies, a gentle breeze and calm ocean conditions, the parking lot at Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton Dunes was packed to the gills on Saturday with families taking advantage of what was a picturesque summer day. 17 Aug 2009 by Cailin Riley
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