Lee Meirowitz

Former pro-surfer, Lifeguard

Aug 8, 2011
Outside Magazine

   Photo: Danny Clinch

If the forecasters were right, an active hurricane season should be ­delivering some great waves right about now. Competition great: the ASP World Tour makes its first-ever stop on the East Coast this year. September 4–15, the Quiksilver Pro New York takes place at Long Beach, two hours west of Montauk, with a record $1 million purse. Montauk resident and former pro surfer Lee Meirowitz will be judging the trials. The 27-year-old water­man lifeguards at Hampton Bays, works with East Hampton ­Volunteer Ocean Rescue, and recently started Hydrophilic Origins (hydrophilicorigins.com), which makes surfboard bags. Sponsored by Solid Surfboards, Meirowitz concedes that Montauk has gotten more crowded of late but says “the fishing soul will always be here—if you know where to find it.”

On Lee (above): Crusoe shirt by Quiksilver Limited Collection ($55; quiksilver.com); Ranger crew sweater by Tommy Hilfiger ($98; tommy.com); Canyon ­cotton cargo pants by Polo Ralph Lauren ($185; ralphlauren.com)

(Top left): glen-plaid crew-neck sweater by John Varvatos ($298; johnvarvatos.com); 501 straight jeans by Levi’s ($60; levi.com)

(Bottom left): 2MM ­Hoplite short-sleeve wetsuit by Matuse ($279; matuse.com)