Timmy Brennan is a New York iron worker who escapes the grind of the city through his true passion, surfing. But when Superstorm Sandy destroys his home in Breezy Point, Timmy loses everything — including his board. As Timmy digs through the ruins of his home day after day, trying to recover lost possessions, he discovers the kindness of strangers and finds solace once again on the ocean.
The Rider And The Storm is the latest documentary film from RYOT co-founders David Darg and Bryn Mooser. It is Bryn and David’s third film as co-directors and follows their award-winning films produced in Haiti: Baseball in the Time of Cholera (2012) and Sun City Picture House (2011).
Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast on October 29th 2012, left hundreds dead, thousands homeless and millions of people without power. The total death toll reached 285 with at least 125 deaths in the United States. The hurricane also left close to $62 billion in damage in the United States and at least $315 million in the Caribbean. Hurricane Sandy is the nation’s most expensive storm since Hurricane Katrina, which caused $128 billion in damage.
Breezy Point, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and a six-alarm fire broke out at Ocean Avenue, Queens on October 29. Volunteer firefighters were trapped and could not do anything for several hours due to high water and flooding. Although the FDNY found 130 homes burnt to the ground there were no fatalities.