Influencer: When this pediatric nurse is off-duty she can be found riding waves

Surfer Abby Boone on making the most of downtown in the Ocean State


What makes Rhode Island such a great place for surfing?

Rhode Island has a great variety of waves from point breaks to beach breaks. Its beautiful rocky coast provides some really fun longboarding and shortboarding waves. The waves can be a little inconsistent here in Rhode Island, but when it’s good, it can get really good!


What are your favorite area surf spots and shops?

I have a lot of favorite spots! The swell and wind directions dictate where I decide to surf on any given day. I also try to find a spot that isn’t too crowded which can be difficult these days. My go-to shop is Matunuck Surf Shop, I’m also a fan of Narragansett Surf and Skate.


Thank you so much for your work as a pediatric nurse, especially during the pandemic. When you’re not helping others or catching waves, what are you up to?

Work can be so hectic that I just like to chill on my days off. I love spending time at home with my dogs and cats, working on house projects, playing cards, making spicy margaritas, cooking vegan dinners, and taking trips to Maine to see my family when I can.


Now that summer is upon us, what are you most looking forward to doing when you’re not on a surfboard?

I’m really excited to get my gardens up and running. I love love love growing my own vegetables in the summer! I’m also looking forward to beach days with friends and spending more time outdoors.


What are some of your favorite businesses to hit up around the Ocean State?

I frequent Sa-Tang and Whalers in South Kingstown; BOL, Ocean Mist, and The Mews in Wakefield; and Crazy Burger in Narragansett. One of my all-time favorites is in Providence: CIVIL Skateboard Shop. Vegan favorites are Garden Grille in Pawtucket and Plant City in Providence, Middletown, and soon Warwick.



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