Summertime is about chasing new adventures, and for some, a return to familiar ones. Take 18-year-old Montauk resident and surfing beauty Quincy Davis. Gifted with both golden locks and the luck of growing up in a coastal town, this Long Islander’s surfing itinerary frequently takes her to remote beaches that reside on even the most seasoned travelers’ bucket lists. But if you ask Davis about her favorite places to surf, she’ll quickly reveal her hometown pride and love for surfing local beaches when the waves are good. Friends and family anchor this seasoned wave-chaser, suggesting that whatever far-flung coast you visit, you’re happiest when you return to your own.
We had a chance to connect with Davis about her hometown’s hot spots, and this is what she shared.
Montauk most known for fishing!
We should stay with a group of friends and rent a place. It’s more fun that way!
A favorite coffee and breakfast spot is the Montauk Bake Shop for coffee and because they have the best pastries! But for breakfast I always go to Happy Bowls, my brother Tyler’s açaí bar—it’s amazing and healthy!
For lunch and dinner we need to check out (for lunch) Happy Bowls, Naturally Good, or the food truck Ditch Witch! My favorite dinner spots are Harvest on Fort Pond, Clam and Chowder House, and The Hideaway or Pizza Village.
We can’t leave town without: 1) Having a bonfire 2) Eating at Happy Bowls 3) Seeing the Montauk Point lighthouse 4) Enjoying a full beach day at Ditch Plains 5) Having a Goldberg’s bagel 6) Watching the sunset over the sound—it’s incredible!
A place where tourists won’t be found: That’s a secret!
Favorite local surf shop? Air & Speed Surf Shop
Where should we head to get our shop on? Well, there’s not much shopping in Montauk, but I recommend: Surf Bazaar at Surf Lodge and Calypso. Gosman’s Dock has some really cute little shops, and if you want a Montauk tee you gotta go to the Montauk Clothing Company!
Packing essentials for visiting Montauk are: Volcom bikinis, sunblock, beach cover ups, money …
What can we leave behind? Sand and good memories :)
Biggest lesson surfing has taught you: To always to have fun with whatever you’re doing. I think you will be most successful in life if you’re truly enjoying it—I’m so grateful to be able to do what I do and call it a job!
On your bucket list: Traveling Europe with my best friends and going to Fiji or Tahiti!
Personal mantra: Everything happens for a reason.
Obsession of the moment: Iggy Azalea’s new album, “The New Classic”
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