West Nyack Man Wind Surfs During Sandy [VIDEO]

Igor Manoylovich also went wind surfing during Irene and Floyd.


While many Rocklanders were checking flashlight batteries and stocking up on water and food, one West Nyack man was getting his board and sail ready for Sandy. 

Igor Manoylovich was wind surfing the Hudson River during the storm—and the day after, on Tuesday.

As Manoylovich stepped out of the water Tuesday near West Shore Towers in Nyack in a wetsuit, he carried his board, sail and mast back up to Gedney Street.

He noted he was not allowed to get into the river at Memorial Park. 

"The water’s roughly 58 degrees," Manoylovich said. "I’ve been sailing since 1983. I sail during all the big storms, Hugo, Floyd, Irene, Igor, you name it."

Manoylovich did not seem worried about the potentially dangerous items in the water, and said he's sailedmuch worse storms in the past. 

"The wind pushed everything to the shores, so there's not much debris out on the water," he added. 

tom kelty October 31, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Let's support his stupidity by putting a video of him online. Give him publicity, luckily for him it didn't end the same as for those guys in the raft last year.
Marie Zanicchi October 31, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Kim, Did you just happen by and see this guy surfing? Unbelievable! :-)
tom kelty October 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Thank God no first responders had to risk their lives for another stupid person and they were able to respond to people who really needed them. This person should at least receive a ticket for failure to conduct himself safely. Something like if you ride a bike without a helmet. When this happens maybe you will deter idiots from acting recklessly.
J H October 31, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Wow - you sir are an idiot. You could have killed yourself, and could have put local emergency responders in danger should they have had to go and rescue you from your need to show off. You should be arrested and charged with something...
joshua tanner October 31, 2012 at 05:17 PM
There aren't even any whitecaps in the photos. The moment doesn't seem like a particularly dangerous one - not like when those guys went kayaking down the Croton after Irene. Now that was sketchy
J Philip Faranda October 31, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Given the high runoff due to the rain, the bacteria content of the river was enormous. Forget drowning, the guy was basically playing in sewage.
Kim Tran (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Yes, caught him on video just by chance!
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Here's that story: [http://patch.com/A-l5d8] One of the five kayakers died.
Robert October 31, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Absolutely dumb to do that since - whether he wanted it or not - if he had a problem he was risking first-responders' lives who would come and save him. As noted however, the silver lining is that he was swimming a sewage. There were huge reported leaks from the treatment facility during and after the storm.
joshua tanner October 31, 2012 at 09:25 PM
That's a good point.
Joseph J Gannon October 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Imbecility is becoming epidemic. Should be monitored by the CDC. While not criminal, perhaps we should restore "lunacy Commissions". Had he put one person in peril, he should be arrested and sued civilly.
Ducky October 31, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I agree. Why is this stupidity being promoted and glorified? I say take it off Patch.
Issy October 31, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Nonsense, this man is clearly experienced and loves doing what he does and is clearly an adventurer. He exhibits the same spirit that allows us to progress as a society. If we only did things that did not risk others (thanks to their dedication) then we would all sit at home watching Oprah.
JC Brotherhood November 01, 2012 at 06:28 PM
"He exhibits the same spirit that allows us to progress as a society." Like the spirit of natural selection? Dumb-asse's that go sailing in hurricanes for the adrenaline rush, drown, and are therefore selecting themselves out of reproduction. It improves the species going forward. Not so much the one being selected out.
J Philip Faranda November 01, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Guess what? The Hudson is loaded with sewage in the wake of the storm. I don't care if the guy loves what he's doing or not- my kids loved to play in their waste when they were infants too. But that's why they call them infants. http://ossining.patch.com/articles/health-dept-sewage-in-hudson-avoid-contact
Jen wood November 01, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Yeah I don't see too many white caps or her wind on the mic. Still shouldn't have gone.
t bradix November 03, 2012 at 08:39 PM
He IS one of the most skilled and experienced sailors out there! If anything he could save oe of the first reponders! But alas, name-calling is just as wrong as being judgemental for someone carrying out a sporting activity. He is neither an idiot nor embicile or any of the other tasteless names called. She exhibited her right to free speech and with his permission, released a video and picture. Who the heck CARES that there was/wasn't a stinkin white cap! The media was taken at a point in TIME! If there were conditions that were LESS than white cap, igor Probably would not go out. Please be kinder and respect your fellow humans as individuals.
James November 04, 2012 at 01:06 AM
He was taking personal responsibility...not asking for anyone to take responsibility for him like the rest of the sheep, you included..... Just keep sucking the govt teet instead of standing on your own feet. ......Sad.....
James November 04, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I am not sure which storm you sat through...there was little to no rain???? You guys are all the same......
Jp November 04, 2012 at 01:36 PM
This takes more skill than selling real estate, by being totally accountable for both the actions and the outcome. Igor is not only one of the best windsurfers on the Hudson, he happens to be one of my windsurfing partners. And there are about 30 of us who know and sail with each other......
Jp November 04, 2012 at 01:38 PM
this is a sport for people who don't measure the car they drive by the amount of "air bags" the car contains!! But for the skills they develop. And is a lot more planned than sitting home dressed in bubble wrap watching football!
Jp November 04, 2012 at 01:42 PM
The rest of these idiots should stick to owning cars with the 700 air bags, instead of learning how to drive as well, or just sit home dressed in bubble wrap!! Go Igor!! See you on the water!!
Spanolator November 06, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Hey It's suppose to be windy on Wednesday (11/7/2012) Dah!!! anybody going sailing? What's up with this Patch page it does not have "Windsurfing" listed under events, the season is not over till Feb 15!!!!
Spanolator November 06, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Oh, I forgot someone bring the Beer so we can purge our systems when we get off the water!!!!!
Spanolator November 06, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Hey James, are you coming up to the River to sail on Wednesday? We have another storm coming, you know wind and rain and it's still warm?
AUTUM69 November 06, 2012 at 04:55 AM
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Matthew Brennan November 06, 2012 at 06:03 AM
My windsurfer leans against a tree in my backyard. Oh how I miss those days windsurfing on the Hudson sometimes as early as March wearing a dry suit. Starting in Nyack I would sail to the Westchester shore and return to my launching point despite the huge waves in the middle of the Hudson shipping channel. Twenty years and four teenage daughters later I still keep hope alive that maybe someday my windsurfer shall sail again. Way to sail Iggy!
Lars Vestergaard November 13, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Great Job Igor! One of the few that got out. I sailed Sandy down in Rhode Island on Monday, Oct. 29th on a 4.0. It was a blast!! Sailed last weeks Noreaster as well.


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