Pro-surfer Quincy Davis breaks down how her Montauk roots inspired her splashy career and how they keep her grounded.
No one knows exactly when Montauk went from a sleeping village to the epicenter of fun. “When I traveled when I was younger and told people I was from Montauk, they had no idea where that was,” says Quincy Davis, the professional surfer and a part-time model. “Now, before I can finish my sentence, they know exactly what it is!” The same can be said for the native Long Islander, who now boasts an impressive career that spans continents and milieus.
Davis made a splash on the surfing scene at just 6 years old, when she surfed her first wave in her hometown on the East End. Having grown up in a family of surfers, Davis always admired her brother and his skills and quickly fell in love with the sport.
“I remember the time I got really hooked on surfing,” she recalls. “I ran up to my mom and wanted to use a real board, instead of what I practiced with, so she gave me hers. I surfed every day after that.”
After long days in the water, she would enjoy other moments only Montauk could bring. “We would all drive on the beach and have our parents’ trucks line up and just hang out.” When she wasn’t surfing, her childhood days were filled with sports like softball, field hockey and volleyball. “I was always pretty athletic,” she says. She also enjoyed traveling with her mom, who was a flight attendant.
Quickly realizing that surfing would become more than just a hobby, Davis built a life between Montauk and Puerto Rico to practice her craft year-round, a move that helped secure many sponsored gigs and plenty of accolades to boot. But no matter where the surf takes her, it’s the people from her hometown that keep her anchored. “I’m so grateful every time I come home, and I appreciate the beauty and the community—how strong and supportive it is,” says Davis, who just opened her own beachy boho boutique Quincy (805 Montauk Highway, @quincymtk) in her hometown. “When I was competing, I remember my friends and family just watching along and being so supportive, which I appreciate so much. I just love it out here.”