20 June 2023

  • Defender named official vehicle for the 2023 Summer Season at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY.
  • Defender has unveiled the Defender Weekend Experience package available for The Surf Lodge guests, which includes exclusive use of Defender models and special access to the concert series, surf lessons, wellness experiences, fine dining, and more.
  • Legendary big‑wave surfer Laird Hamilton, along with Olympic Athlete and Model Gabby Reece will host a special wellness and surf weekend, July 21‑ 23 for guests who book the Defender Weekend Experience package.
  • The eight‑seat Defender 130 adds a new dimension to the Defender family, with exceptional cargo and towing capacity, which appeals to the surfer lifestyle.

Mahwah, N.J – Tuesday, June 20, 2023: Redefining modern luxury travel experiences, Defender announced a summer long partnership with The Surf Lodge, Montauk’s most sought‑after boutique hotel, restaurant and nightlife hotspot. As the official vehicle for The Surf Lodge, Defender aligns itself with the unique and active vibe of the Montauk beach community. Celebrating its 15th anniversary and serving as the go‑to destination for musicians, celebrities and athletes in the summer months, The Surf Lodge is excited to offer guests who sign up for the Defender Weekend Experience the opportunity of immersing themselves in the adventurous and modern Defender brand family of vehicles.

Alongside the critically acclaimed Defender 90 and Defender 110, the new Defender 130 will be featured at The Surf Lodge. The 130 adds another dimension to the highly capable line‑up of all‑terrain vehicles, with adventuring opportunities for up to eight adults across three rows of full‑size seating. Featuring robust and premium interior textiles and surfaces, and a transformable cargo area with up to 80.9 cu/ft. From carrying adventure gear such as bicycles, surfboards and the host of beach and outdoor gear, the Defender line‑up presents The Surf Lodge guests the epic vehicle for their summer adventure.

As part of the partnership, an exclusive Defender Weekend Experience package will be available for guests. The package offers bespoke experiences that embody the Defender lifestyle, including:

  • Two (2) night stay during the summer weekend season.
  • Access to Defender models including the Defender 90, 110, 130 ‑ with reserved parking on the property that can be used to explore Montauk and the Hamptons.
  • VIP concert access for two (2), including entry to concerts, access to soundchecks.
  • One (1) exclusive dining experience for two (2) at The Surf Lodge.
  • Deck access for two (2).

A special program has been curated for Defender Weekend Experience guests July 21‑23, offering the opportunity to surf with legendary American big‑wave surfer and brand ambassador Laird Hamilton and partake in wellness focused activities led by Olympian, model and wellness coach, Gabby Reece. Guests will also enjoy an exclusive dining experience on the beach with Laird and Gabby, a music event including VIP access to soundcheck, a chef prepared brunch, a Defender Summer Kit beach bag and kit and other special activities available at The Surf Lodge. This exclusive offering will enable guests to experience passion points of the Defender lifestyle led by world renowned experts.

The Surf Lodge is based in Montauk, New York, is the furthest East village of the Hampton and offers an exquisite adventure point for visitors. Encompassed by pristine beaches and breath‑taking diverse parkland ‑ the terrain is the perfect environment for the Defender brand family of vehicles to demonstrate why they are known as the ultimate adventure SUV.

Defender owners are passionate about adventure and embracing an active outdoor lifestyle. We are thrilled to spend the summer in Montauk sharing the Defender family of SUVs with The Surf Lodge guests, enabling them to experience the legendary surfing, beaches and more that the area offers.

Charlotte Blank
US Chief Marketing Officer, Jaguar Land Rover North America

I am thrilled to enhance our guest experience this summer with Defender as the property's official vehicle. The Defender brand perfectly embodies the Montauk lifestyle and the ethos of The Surf Lodge, and I couldn't think of a more perfect partner.

Jayma Cardoso
Founder and Creative Director of The Surf Lodge

Further information

More information about the Defender Weekend Experience package is available here: LANDROVERUSA.COM

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About Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true 'breadth of capability' across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each define the world's SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 100 countries.

About The Surf Lodge

The iconic Surf Lodge hotel and restaurant located in Montauk, New York, first opened in 2008 by Jayma Cardoso, a visionary within the hospitality, wellness, and design world. The property quickly became the most exclusive destination in the Hamptons, attracting top celebrities, notables, and influential people alike. The Surf Lodge is best known for its live concert series featuring world‑class musicians such as John Legend, Jimmy Buffet, Willie Nelson, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Rüfüs Du Sol, and more. In 2019, The Surf Lodge expanded, opening a winter destination, The Snow Lodge, in the premier city of Aspen.

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