GQ x Lands' End

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Last week, I teamed up with GQ and Lands’ End to try out the new, "Canvas by Lands’ End." The American-designed collection is youthful and modern for both men and women.I met the other nine GQ Insiders at the Skyport Marina to catch a Blade (the new “Uber for Helicopters”) to Montauk, New York. Being able to see Manhattan from above was truly a special experience. Forty-five minutes later we arrived in the Hamptons and headed straight to Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Spa for our fittings with the Lands' End team. I chose green, sea-foam swim trunks and a full-body wet suit to wear before heading to Ditch Plains Beach: it was surfing time.I always wanted to give surfing a try, so I was excited (and a little nervous) as I stepped into my surf lesson. I’ll admit - it didn’t help that two days prior to hitting the waves I saw “The Shallows,” a film centered around a shark attack just 200 yards from shore, but I was determined to successfully surf. After a quick safety lesson, I zipped up my wet suit and jumped into the water with my instructor. Paddling out into the crashing waves was invigorating! I felt completely warm and protected against the cold sea in my wet suit. There was something calming about sitting on my board while waiting to catch the waves. I won’t lie – the first 30 minutes were a bit rough. The series of events went like this: jump up, stumble, lose balance, fall right, jump up, stumble, lose balance, fall left. My instructor gave me a few pointers and suddenly it clicked – I was riding waves all the way to the shore… and I was addicted. An hour and a half later I was catching wave after wave and I completely understood why surfing is such a fun sport. I have a lot of respect for surfers because the sport is an intense total body workout- and it is not easy!After a day at sea, we went back to our hotel rooms to get ready for dinner at The Surf Lodge. Dressing in a lightweight, stretch chino suit, I was definitely ready for a cocktail or two! The seafood was delicious and the views were picturesque. The Surf Lodge is an indoor/outdoor restaurant, lounge and bar along the water and is known as one of the hot spots of the Hamptons – it was the perfect, relaxing ending to a day full of adventure.I was very impressed with the quality and style of the new Canvas by Lands' End line and I look forward to exploring more of their designs throughout the rest of summer (and hopefully hitting the waves at least one more time)! Shop my night time look here. Shop my bathing suit here