Today the water is still as cold, but the surfing landscape in New York could not be a further departure from those early surfers braving the harsh winter temperatures. Wetsuit technology has advanced so much, allowing surfers today to tolerate multiple-hour sessions in the lowest of temperatures. The user-friendly aspect of the modern high-tech wetsuit comes along with accessibility and popularity, and has now made surfing during the winter months a mainstream phenomenon. Winter lineups are now equally as crowded as during the summer months, which typically see the highest number of surfers in the water here in New York. This is a drastic change, because winter surfing usually meant solitude in the water for most, and the chance to surf alone. Winter lineups now see crowds from Rockaway Beach in Queens to the coves of Montauk Point in eastern Long Island.
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