How long have you had your home out here in Montauk?
When I was single, I had a big house with a big pool, and all I ever did was wash towels and entertain. One day I was just over it, so I drove to Montauk and said, “I want the smallest house you have on the beach.” So my first surf shack was only 480 square feet with no room for guests! After we became a family of four we thought it was time to upgrade. We spend all our time at the beach and don’t need much more than what we have now.
What are your favorite parts of your home?
My favorite part of the house is the view. Looking right out onto the best break on the East End of Long Island, then walking the dirt path to the beach.
A lot has changed out there since you first got your place in the 1990s. What are your favorite parts about Montauk and the area in which you live?
Honestly, not that much has changed in Montauk. Yes, there are some swanky restaurants, but not a lot. When I moved my store from East Hampton, people thought I had lost my mind, but it’s the favorite of all my stores, with plywood floors and an outdoor coffee bar. There are definitely more girl surfers out here now, and that makes me very happy.
Any parting thoughts, words of wisdom, or sage advice?
People always say “What about sharks!?” And I say, “There’s a simple test to see if there are sharks in the water. You stick your finger in the water, taste it, and if it tastes like salt water—then there are sharks!”