Blizzard Nemo Couldn’t Keep Surfer Joe Ashore


Looking for a beacon? Look closely.
For more than 20 years Surfer Joe, as he is known in Short Beach, can be found every morning on the sea off Johnson’s Beach paddling face down on his surfboard.  No matter the season—spring, summer, fall and winter—he is out there. The weekend Blizzard Nemo arrived was no exception.
Here is Surfer Joe (pictured above) on Saturday morning as Nemo hit the Connecticut coastline. After he emerged from sea, he said, “The water was the calmest thing out there.”
Why does he do it?
“It gives perspective, it’s peaceful and it’s personal. It gives you a greater sense of the pulse of nature,” he said as he paddled back to the shoreline on the morning of the blizzard’s descent. 
By day Joe Piscitelli is a top Shoreline realtor who works out of Coldwell Banker’s Milford office. But before his day begins he is out on the sea. He is hard to miss in his black wet suit as he floats atop his surfboard.
He also takes the time to daily feed numerous seagulls, ducks and assortments of small birds, all awaiting his arrival at places along the beach the wild bird life call home.  

Depending upon the weather, he will be out on the sea for an hour or less. When it is cold is may be thirty minutes. His daily route is typically the same. He paddles to a nearby island to take in the wild life. “It gives perspective to the day ahead,” he said.

Neighbors set their clocks by his arrival. Said one, “Neither rain, nor hail, nor snow stops our neighbor surfer from his appointed rounds.”
Piscitelli was out on the Sound this morning, as the sun rose at 6:46 a.m. He was getting ready for his day.
Joseph Piscitelli
Joseph Piscitelli
171 Broad Street Milford CT 06460