No, this isn't the actual shuttle. (Courtesy: Surf Shuttle NYC)

No, this isn’t the actual shuttle. (Courtesy: Surf Shuttle NYC)

As mentioned in our 4th of July rundown, the Rockabus now has another competitor in the Beach Bus. But what if you think Rockaway is so over now that it has a haute motel and no hard liquor on the beach, and a trip to Coney is out of the question because you’re scared the Astrotower might fall?

Enter the Surf Shuttle.

Starting this weekend, the 15-seat van will be making hour-long runs from the Lower East Side to a secret spot in Long Island, west of Jones Beach.

Alvaro “Mosco” Alcocer, an artist, decided to start the service after he realized a lot of his fellow Lower East Side residents were longtime surfers like himself. “A lot of the people I’ve met in the ocean, in Rockaway and elsewhere, they come from the East Village, West Village, Lower East Side,” he told B+B. “So it seems there’s some kind of a hub.”

The van’s first departure from Lost Weekend‘s Orchard Street shop (where free Blue Bottle will be on offer) is this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Starting next weekend, there’ll be morning departures on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with returns within five to eight hours depending on the vibe. Alcocer is taking August off (he’s surfing in Mexico, duh) but will pick up the runs in September.

At $50, the fee isn’t as cheap as the Ramones’ preferred mode of transport to the beach, but hey: when you hitch a ride you don’t get a free cold lunch and the knowledge that a portion of profits go to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

To reserve, send a Facebook message, or just e-mail SurfShuttleNYC@gmail.com.