Way back in the very first edition of Backwash, we featured an excerpt from (now) Pulitzer prize winner, William Finnegan's book Barbarian Days. Aside from being an incredible piece of writing that transcends surfing, Barbarian Days explores Finnegan’s relationship with the ocean now living as a firmly planted New York City surfer. With references to NY’s scene as “an underworld of urban wave-chasers” with “queer devotions, frustrations, little triumphs and large peculiarities” he gave a small insight into what was happening in that area.

With that in mind, Julien Roubinet and Ed Thompson have set out in their new book Ice Cream Headaches, to capture a snapshot of what they describe as “an often over-looked facet of life and leisure in America’s most dense metropolis.” Over 4 years and more than 4000 miles, the two have gathered and collated a plethora of interviews and images with everyone from local legend and Montauk fisherman Charlie Weimar, the above mentioned William Finnegan to NY professionals such as Quincy Davis, Mikey De Temple and Balaram Stack.

Spanning 192 pages the book features four essays rich with quotes and anecdotes, and over 110 images. With a foreword by iconic portrait and surf photographer Michael Halsband, Ice Cream Headaches is set to take the reader inside the surf breaks and stomping grounds of those that call New York and New Jersey home.

As surfers situated on the opposite edge of the same ocean, the idea of this book struck a chord. A depiction of surfing in a very different place but tied to a common thread and in pursuit of the same thing, Ice Cream Headaches is sure to be as interesting as the people and place it sets out to depict.

If this interests you too, you can find more information and how to get a hold of a copy at their crowdfunded page here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ice-cream-heada...


photo by Julien Roubinet
photo by Julien Roubinet
photo by Julien Roubinet
photo by Julien Roubinet