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A participant surfs during the third annual Rockaway Halloween surf competition at Rockaway Beach in the Queens borough of New York

A participant dressed as Captain America surfs during the third annual Rockaway Halloween surf competition at Rockaway Beach in the Queens borough of New York November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)

Rockaway Halloween surf competition

Wyatt Earp was first into the water, followed by Captain America, the Statue of Liberty, a nun and a gorilla. As the surf barreled in, Superman, Beetlejuice and dozens of others followed, struggling through the white water, out to the waves.

The recovery from Superstorm Sandy's devastating passage a year ago is far from complete in New York City's Rockaway Beach, but celebrations like the annual "Nightmare on 90th" surf contest quicken the healing.

Watched by a crowd of spectators, costumed contestants paddled into the sunlit ocean last weekend accompanied by rock music blaring from speakers on the beach in south Queens. (Reuters)