Surfer Jake Lambert

Even though Jake Lambert is a West Coast native, he has transitioned into the East Coast lifestyle and become accustomed to "battling the winters" for the thrill of a ride. Check out how the 6'9" surfer first got into surfing and what continues to inspire him to hit the waters. 

From start to finish, what would your ideal beach day consist of?

My ideal beach day would start with waking up somewhere tropical to no alarm, warm weather, warm/clear water, perfect waves and friends. The crew would stroll out of the back yard onto the beach for the first paddle of the day. We’d surf all day only taking breaks to eat and rest. The end of the day would consist of chilling aound a bonfire reminiscing on the sickest waves or wipeouts of the day. Of course, we’d be videoing and flying the drone the entire time too!

How do you practice a clean lifestyle?

When me and my friends go to the beach, we’re pretty much picking up at least one piece of trash every time. Especially here in New York, the beach and ocean can end up with all kinds of trash, unfortunately. The way I see it, “if you see it, you own it.”

Do you have any pre and post surf routines? (ex. songs you listen to, foods you eat, exercises you do…)

 I always get a little warmed up before I paddle out. Just some basic stretches and arm circles. The last thing I want is to tighten up while dropping in on the best set of the day! I listen to a brad range of music to get hyped for a surf session; from hip-hop artists like G Eazy to reggae bands Rebelution.

What are some of your favorite surf spots?

They’re all secrets! Just kidding…it all depends on the swell. Back home in San Diego, my favorite spot is called South Birdrock (South Bird). I’ve had some of the most fun rights of my life there. I remember surfing it back in high school alone with my boys. Now when I go back I don’t recognize many people in the crowd of 60+ people. It’s all-good though, there’s ways to maneuver around the lineup. Here in NY, Lido can get REALLY good.

What are some of your favorite food spots?

Back home in San Diego it’s pretty much any Mexican spot. California burritos, breakfast burritos, rolled tacos, and carne asada fries…if you haven’t tried those DO IT! In NY, I’m a sucker for bagel sandwiches.

What are some of the best travel destinations your surfing has taken you?

I haven’t been able to take many surf trips yet. I spent the first 22 years of my life with baseball as my number 1 priority so all my spare time went to that. Surfing is always just a hobby. I get in the water any time I can. Thankfully I’ve been able to surf pretty consistently over the years. I definitely didn’t see myself living on the South Shore of Long island surfing year round! I’ve had some of the best surf sessions in my life here in Long Beach. My dream destinations have always been tropical surfing in Fiji or Costa. I’ve always thought a cold water trip to Alaska or Sweden would be dope too.

What won’t you travel without?

My GoPro! Have to record for the memories.

What kind of surfboard do you prefer?

I grew up surfing shortboards. Even though I’m 6’9” longboards were never as much fun to me. I have a quiver here in New York and back home in SoCal mostly consisting of shortboards 5’8” to 6’4” depending on the shape. I surf a lof of Rusty boards and was able to get a 6’2” Enough Said and a 5’8” Smoothie shipped out from SoCal.

What do you look for when picking out a new board?

My dream shred-sticks right now are either the Lost V3 Stealth of the Slater Designs Sci Fi. I look for boards I can surf well in a broad range of conditions. Surfing technology has really evolved over the years and I really can’t keep up. I’m not too picky, but when I fin a board that’s “the one” I usually don’t surf anything but that until I ding it or something.

Growing up, did you always have a passion for surfing?

Always. I was always in the waters of San Diego as a kid. It’s a getaway and somewhere I can gather my thoughts. Now-a-days with a demanding career, surfing is one of the only times I don’t have my phone in my hand. I actually didn’t get my first board until my freshman year of high school. I remember going in to a surf shop when I was 10 years old, seeing the price tags of a new board and thinking I’d never be able to afford one of those! Then I got hooked up with a used shortboard for about $75 from PB Surf Shop in Pacific Beach when I was 14. I paddled out by myself later that day and started teaching myself how to surf.

My brother and I both learned on that board and ended up selling it on Craigslist for $125 a couple years later. Winning.

What would your favorite Barbeque spread consist of? Who would you invite to it?

Anything and everyone! Good eats and good people is always #goals!

How long have you been surfing for?

It’s been about 12 years now, but I’ve been in the water body surfing and boogieboarding since I can remember.

What inspired you to start surfing? What inspires you to continue surfing?

Good question. Surfing was something most kids got into where I’m from. It is simply a fun thing to do. I’m a pretty competitive dude so I was always trying to get better at surfing. My friends and I always would try to see who would catch the best wave or do the best turn. Now, surfing is great for all around health. It’s a mental getaway and its physically demanding (especially battling the wicked rips of Long Beach NY!) As with everything I do, I’m trying to get better every time I surf though sometimes you have to remember, “the best surfer is the one who has the most fun.”

What do you think makes the New York surfing culture unique?

New York surfing is different because there isn’t much surf culture outside the water or local towns. People don’t typically use surfing and New York in the same sentence. The surf here can get really good, but it’s not consistent. I love battling the winter in a thick wetsuit with a hood, boots, and gloves. There’s a bond NY surfers have and its fun to dabble in while I live here.

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Written by: Caroline Danehy

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