Greg Karr of Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, N.J. cleans up in front of his home Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 after Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Edward Lea)
Surfers know the joy -- and fury -- of the sea.
On Thanksgiving Day, a Long Island surfers' group set up a safe and joyous environment for residents of Long Beach. The barrier island city -- 25 miles from Manhattan -- was inundated by storm surge during Sandy.
Surf For All turned the famous Long Beach Ice Arena into the city's largest dining room for a Thanksgiving feast for more than 100 people.
Cliff Skudin, a third-generation surf instructor, put it this way: "Many of our neighbors are flailing as a result of the storm. This is not an ocean rescue, it's a spiritual rescue."
About 35,000 people live on Long Beach.
The rink was once a training facility for the New York Rangers.