Christian del Rosario
Christian grew up in Manchester by-the-Sea, MA and began surfing 20 years ago on the North Shore of Boston. Embracing the surfing lifestyle, as soon as he got his license he was charging all over New England on "sUrfari" to find waves. Christian attended Rutgers University in New Jersey and while there was known to skip a class or two to make the 45 minute drive down the Jersey Shore for some waves. Over the years the sUrfari bug has taken Christian to surf in California, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, St. Bart's, the British Virgin Islands and the East Coast from Maine to Florida. He loves the Island lifestyle and has spent the last twelve years living between Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Tortola and Hawaii.
Another one of Christian's ocean passions is sailing. From 1996-2001 he lived and traveled on boats, racking up approximately 20,000 miles of offshore sailing including a Trans-Atlantic passage. Those trips enabled Chrisitian to experience the boating lifestyle around the Atlantic and Caribbean all the while leading to some classic surf adventures. It was around this time that he began teaching people how to surf. For the past seven years Christian has returned to Nantucket each summer as senior instructor with Nantucket Island Surf School. In the Fall of 2005 he decided to create Nantucket sUrfari to share his love of surfing and fully immerse guests in the surf lifestyle during week long programs.
Ten years ago Christian created a website focused solely on the New England surfing experience called nesUrfari. Today it brings New England surfing to thousands of wired people around the world. It's a labor of love as he wears many hats including webmaster, editor, writer and photographer. Christian has also fallen in love with surf photography and enjoys capturing the essence of surfing with his camera. His shots have been published in Eastern Surf Magazine, N'EAST, The Surfer's Journal and WSSM as well as online on Surfline.com and Poorboyusa.com not to mention his beloved nesUrfari.com. In the Fall of 2005 Christian's surf photography was featured in a show at the Big Zanda Gallery in Gloucester Massachusetts.
In 2003 he started Hawaiian Lion which manufactures long sleeve Hawaiian Shirts to promote the "Island Lifestyle". They can be purchased on the internet and in retail stores. Christian and his wife Nicole are also the proud parents of Makayla, seen below surfing Cisco Beach, Nantucket with her daddy at the ripe old age of nine months. Makayla is now four years old and the big sister to baby Raquel who loves stand up paddling in Nantucket harbor strapped to her daddys chest in a Snuggli!
What's new 2011? Christian and Nicole have opened a retail store,
Nantucket sUrfari is a surf camp located on the beautiful resort island of Nantucket, Massachusetts; 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Upon joining us in Nantucket, our team will teach you about many of the aspects of surfing as well as build your skills and confidence. We offer several ways to immerse the novice to seasoned surfer in the surfing lifestyle including overnight sessions, day sessions, private guided sUrfaris, hourly lessons and accommodations. Nantucket Surfari offers programs to meet everybody's needs from the beginning to advanced surfer.
Christian wrote a short story on surfing in Nantucket entitled "Homeport" in the Winter '07 - Volume 16 No.6 issue of The Surfer's Journal. The story features images by professional surf photographer Brian Nevins of traveling New Jersey pro surfers Sam Hammer and Mike Gleason. The boys were chasing Hurricane Florence up the East Coast back in the fall of 2006 and Nantucket sUrfari hooked them up.
Women's Surf Style Magazine profiled Nantucket sUrfari in their Oct-Dec '07 issue. The article features photos of Nantucket surfer girls and Nantucket sUrfari campers taken by Christian a well as a classic shot of Christian and his three year old daughter sliding a glassy day this past summer. Check out pages 122 to 128 in this PDF.
In Volume 37 Isuue 20 of Yesterday's Island Robert P. Barsanti wrote "Flying Past Their Parents", a touching story of his son's first day on a surfboard.
Be sure to check out the June 22nd 2006 cover story on Christian and Nantucket sUrfari in the "Working Nantucket" series in the Inquirer and Mirror.