John Beattie. Photo: Dave Sanders for NY Times

After John Beattie suffered a stroke one winter morning, he was convinced he’d never surf again.  For the life-long surfer (he learned when we was 13), the thought of a life without waves was a real loss.  In order to process the loss (and celebrate the surfers he saw in the water), he picked up a camera and began filming.  Over the course of six years, he amassed hours and hours of raw footage of local NY-area surfers, which he then cut into a trim 45-minutes with the help of Tyler Breuer of SMASH Surf. The resulting product, A Hundred Miles to the End, is a celebration of a life spent surfing and the surfers of Long Island.  Read more here.

“A Hundred Miles to the End” has its premiere at the Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, on July 13 at 7 p.m. as part of the inaugural SMASH Fest, a surf film and art festival. Tickets are $19 (including service charge). More information:smashsurf.com or (347) 586-9602.

Read more about strokes, including symptoms, here

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