Void Magazine

Know Your Rights: T-U Features Writer, Matt Soergel

The sun has not quite appeared in full as I climb the hill near Hanna Park’s beachfront Dolphin Plaza and catch my first glimpse of the horizon. It’s a windless morning and the only activity interrupting an otherwise placid Atlantic Ocean is a solo seafarer, paddling south and facing east from atop a stand-up paddle board. The SUP’er is Florida Times-Union features writer, Matt Soergel, for whom I’ve risen at this ungodly hour to share a surf session with. … While earning an English degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara—a stone’s throw from Hammond’s Reef—Soergel was engrossed in the local surf culture, adapting many of the area’s esoteric style markers (black wetsuits, white surfboards). more