Colin Tunstall - Saturdays Surf NYC

When and where did you learn to Surf?
While in College in Savannah GA we would head to Tybee Island, Jacksonville FL, Wrightsville Beach NC and started getting into riding waves.

What do you love about Surfing?
Thats a long answer. Theres so many parts of surfing that I get excited about. From both the individual feeling to the comradery. What I love about it is that there are so many thing to love.

What is your most memorable wave or session?
I had a pretty memorable time surfing in Japan. It was super lucky typhoon swell in Chiba with Mt. Fuji in the background.

What kind of Education have you had?
I went to Art School focusing on design.

What was your first job?
I was working for CONTENTS magazine while in school. Was amazing to work right out of school with a small business and get the chance to have my hands in all aspects of putting a magazine together.

Tell us a bit about the history of Saturdays Surf NYC and your role there today?
Along with 2 friends we wanted to create a brand that represented NYC and surfing. We started in August 2009. Its been fun watching the sport gain more popularity since then. I'm responsible for the creative stuff. Its been exciting developing the brands identity and establishing a lifestyle. We started with literally whats in our little bank accounts and been able to slowly grow without any outside investment.

What influences that unique lifestyle behind the brand?
A lot of influences come from whats around you. We work and live in Manhattan. The city inspires us as cliche as it sounds. NYC is culturally diverse and is always a driving force in the worlds trends.

What was the Surfing scene in New York like before you guys got started?
It's been around since the 60's I believe. Maybe even sooner than that. Its had a interesting history since then. Parts of Long Island and New Jersey have been more established as a surf scene but the Rockaways which are in Queens have been building more and more. Its pretty unique and special that you can take the subway to the beach.

How did you get to the position you are in today?
50% hard work, 40% luck, 10% opportunity

Ideally, what does the future hold for you?
Most importantly to make cool shit. Simple as it sounds, it's the hardest part. Developing strong roots for slow steady growth and have SATURDAYS around for a long time.

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Posted by: Matthew Ryan, on October 25, 2013
Categories: Interviews