This weekend, amidst the parades and back-yard barbecues that officially kick off the summer season, surfing enthusiasts in the beach town of Montauk, N.Y. will grab their boards and head to church.
Yes, church. Before taking on the waves off Montauk's notorious Ditch Plains beach, they will attend the annual "Blessing of the Boards" at Saint Therese of Lisieux Catholic church, located just a few blocks from the beach.
Held on Sunday, May 26 after the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. masses, local and visiting board enthusiasts--meaning everything from surf to SUP to skate and snow--are invited to bring their boards.
While blessing surfboards is not a new practice in the surfing world, in this laid-back community known for its stylish surf culture, the ceremony is an innovative way to get young people to participate in church and connect with the community. Receiving the blessing also delivers good vibes to those taking on the power of the waves and water.