Irene can’t stop the surfers! From September 1-15, Long Beach will host the 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York Surf Competition. Why is this event such a big deal? For one, there has never been a world championship surfing event in New York, and it has been more than 20 years since a professional surf tournament has taken place on the US’s east coast. To be a surfer in NY, you need to have passion; how else could you brave the far from ideal conditions year ’round for the perfect surfing weather that comes only for a short time at the end of the summer? Who knows when the competition will be back here?! With a prize purse of $1,000,000 and a ton of events taking place each day, it’s a definite must-see.
The event starts on September 1 at 8 am with the Quiksilver Pro Trials. On September 2 at 9 am, the official Kickoff party begins. There are a variety of events each day that you can attend at various locations throughout Long Beach. Some highlights are the Tony Hawk Vert Jam, BMX Demos and autograph signings, Moto Demos and autograph signings, surf camp, Roxy Beach House activities, a volleyball tournament, and live music throughout the event. But it’s not just surfers that want in on the action; many groups are attending to claim the bragging rights to call themselves the best. On September 3, the Waterman Wall St. Challenge will pit Wall Street companies against each other compete to be named the best surfers on Wall Street. On September 10, the police department takes on the fire department in the Bravest vs. Finest Surf Competition. On September 11, there will be a Benefit Concert and a Memorial Paddle Out.
So how does the main competition work? There are 5 rounds, followed be quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final. Round 1 is a non-elimination round that starts with 34 seeds and 2 wildcards. The surfers are split into 12 separate 3-man heats. The winner advances to round 3, the 2nd and 3rd place finalists in each heat go to round 2. More are eliminated each round all the way up to the finals, with a man-on-man competition. The surfers are judged on a 10-point scale determined by commitment, degree of difficulty, innovative and progressive maneuvers, combination of major maneuvers, variety of maneuvers, speed, power, and flow.
For more information, visit the Quiksilver Pro 2011 website here.
To view the calendar of events, layout of the area, and their FAQ, click here.