growing up in so cal meant that the beach was just part of life: hours and hours of lounging in the sun, bonfires at night, the smell of the ocean as familiar as the scent of my bonnebell strawberry lip gloss. i even subscribed to surfer magazine all through junior high (nevermind the fact i've never been on a board and that maaaay have had more to do with my epic crush on kelly slater but whatevs). so, as a new yorker now, i am in serious need of some beach time. i mean, i already knew that (seeing as my toes have yet to hit the sand and we're half-way through summer!!), but catching mollusk's outdoor screening of dear & yonder last night totally sealed the deal.
this documentary about ladies of the ocean (mostly surfers but also an awe-inspiring sailboater and a super cool boardshaper and a weird but awesome segment about rad lady skaters that had nothing at all to do with water) will make you want to trade all your belongings for a coupla bikinis and maybe a pair of flip-flops. catch it if you can. ("learn to surf" officially added to "life" list.)
p.s. nothin' beats summer nights in new york. even when you're sporting a sexy sweat mustache and the humidity could just about kill you, they're still so rad. especially when outdoor movies, free beers, and nacho chulos are involved. in case you were wondering.