25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports

April 3, 1986
    Honors continue to redound upon players of the Bridgehampton High School boys basketball team, which won in recent weeks both the Suffolk County small schools championship, for the first time, and, for the fifth time, the New York State Class D title.
    . . . Neil Kerr, who edits the New York State Sports Writers Association’s weekly newsletter, said in this week’s edition that “the Bridgies are too good for Class D ball, the best Class D team we have ever seen.”
    Although Julian Johnson, Tim Jackson, and Chris Parker will graduate, John Niles, the Bridgies’ coach, can expect to have three starters back — Troy Bowe, Darryl Hemby, and Ronnie Gholson. As for filling out next year’s team, Niles said, “I’m not worried about talent down the line.”

    Tom Gettling, a 24-year-old Southampton resident who teaches karate at Southampton College, won the international San-Ten Karate Association’s grand championship in kata (form) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, over the March 22-23 weekend.
    As a result of his win, Gettling, who captained the United States team, was promoted to the instructor’s rank of renshi, “which means,” said one of Gettling’s teammates and students, John Turnbull, “that he is an instructor of instructors. It’s like a Ph.D. He’s certainly the youngest renshi in the Americas, and probably one of the youngest in the world. He’s the Larry Bird of karate.”

April 24, 1986
    On Sunday, a large east swell that wrapped around Montauk Point into all the coves on the East End and down the length of Long Island’s south shore was met by a favorable offshore wind. The result was big and round “overhead” waves and a “classic day” of surfing.
    The first point of land to receive the undiminished ocean swells out of the east — preferred by surfers for their size and shape — is called Turtle Cove in Montauk, and it has been deeded to East Hampton by the Federal Government.
    . . . Fear of liability apparently has caused Babylon Town’s officials to call for a ban on surfing at Cedar and Gilgo Beaches, the latter the home of surfing on Long Island. . . . Surfers, an unfettered lot who still yearn for “the free ride” on a glassy wave, may prove hard to regulate. The Marine Corps used to try to keep them out of the break they called “Trestles,” better known as Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Secret Service agents waged a never-ending battle with surfers over Cotton’s Point, one of California’s best “lefts,” which happened to break in front of President Nixon’s western White House in San Clemente.
    American surfers coexist with Communist guerrillas in El Salvador, and they continue to paddle to the break in front of Planta Nuclear in Rincon, Puerto Rico, where, it is said, the lemons grow abnormally large.
    East Hampton Town officials, one of whom, Gordon Carberry, the recreation director, holds the distinction of having won the first organized surfing contest on Long Island in the early 1960s, said they will look to make the new town recreation area safe, will not borrow trouble by advertising Turtle Cove as a surfing area, and will meet with state officials to try to “spread out” any liability.
    Russell Stein, the East Hampton Town Attorney, is working to assure a town right-of-way across state property to the Turtle Cove parcel. One of his first cases, he said, had to do with surfers’ rights, at Sebastian Inlet, Florida. As he watched the big swell pour into Montauk last Sunday, he said he thought it was premature to say what might happen at Turtle Cove, though there were ways, he thought, to make the Cove a town surfing area.
     Russell Drumm