“When the weather is bright and warm, I get out onto the water as quickly as I can.”
A sunny spring morning, and Mikey DeTemple steps into his Sperry Authentic Originals and leaves his Brooklyn apartment, heading out for a day of sailing in New York Harbor. As a highly sought-after photographer and videographer, much of Mikey’s work involves photographing the ocean. “But when I’m not working,” Mikey tells us, “my life still revolves around surfing and sailing.”
“There’s no power but what you’ve created yourself, with your own sails, harnessing what’s been provided by the elements.”
“New York is surrounded by water,” says Mikey. “That’s why I live here.” On spring days like this, when he doesn’t want to make the long journey out to Montauk for surfing, he can be found sailing around Manhattan. For this lifelong surfer, sailing is his sanctuary. “Standing on the right part of a surfboard,” Mikey explains, “you’re completely locked in. On a sailboat it’s the same thing. If you’re trimming the sails and pointing in the perfect direction, you’re going to produce a lot of speed.”
“In sailing, just like in surfing, you have to have the sails perfectly trimmed. What happens then is lift. Everything is lift. My whole life is about lift.”
When he’s sailing, Mikey’s Sperry boat shoes are like an extension of his body. “They’re the most comfortable things you can put on your feet,” he says. “They’re perfect for being on a boat. These shoes breathe. I can’t say enough about them. They’re just an easy classic.”
As the spring sun sets beyond Ellis Island, Mikey steers his boat up the Hudson, sailing back toward the slip. In an hour, he’ll be dining with friends in Brooklyn, still wearing those versatile Sperry boat shoes, mentally planning tomorrow’s jaunt into the blue waters surrounding New York City.
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