August 19th, 2011
The world's richest surfing event is set to take place next month, and what's surprising about it for this casual spectator is not that a surfing event purse could be in the seven figures. No, it's that it would be in New York.
The $1 million Quiksilver Pro New York, supported by vitaminwater, will be held from September 1-15. Organizers call this "the richest surfing competition to be staged anywhere in the world in the sport's 36-year professional history." It will feature the world's Top 34-ranked athletes plus two wildcards.
"It has been more than 20 years since an elite level professional surfing event was staged on the United States East Coast and, up until now, New York has never hosted a World Championship Tour surfing competition. The Quiksilver Pro New York is the 6th of 11 stops on the 2011 Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour and will play an important hand in deciding this year's World Champion," reads the press release.
In addition to world class surfing, the Quiksilver Pro New York will also feature a festival area by the beach that will feature action sports (Skate, Motocross, BMX), concerts, fashion, and food & beverage. The festival will be open from Saturday, September 3 to Sunday, September 11. All festival events will be free to the general public.
The Quiksilver Pro New York surf competition will take approximately four days to run to completion and will be held on the best days of surf available. The main event period will run from September 4 through 15, and will be preceded by the Quiksilver Pro New York ASP World Tour Trials, presented by UnSound Surf, supported by Vitamin Water, September 1-3.
For the surf competition, beach passes are required daily during the summer months on Long Beach, ending September 5th. Daily passes are $12 and required by those 13 years of age and older. These can be purchased on the boardwalk at National Boulevard and at other boardwalk locations. For those traveling by train, Long Island Railroad is offering discounted passes for $8 that will include beach access. Be on the lookout for the Quiksilver Pro New York Official Program in Transworld Surf 's October issue.
New York's own Balaram Stack has been granted the first of two wildcards to compete against the world's top surfers in the Quiksilver Pro New York. Hailed as the most talented surfer to emerge from the New York surf scene, Balaram joined the Quiksilver Pro Team at the age of 14. He is now 19 and pairs his supremely smooth surf style with a repertoire of crowd-wowing, gravity-defying aerial antics. Balaram won the coveted New York UnSound Pro title in 2010 and is also a multiple NSSA East Coast champion.
The second and final wildcard will be determined through the Quiksilver Pro New York ASP World Tour Trials, presented by UnSound Surf, supported by Vitamin Water. This trials event will be held between September 1-3 at the National Boulevard event site.
Craig Anderson (Australia)
Masatoshi Ohno (Japan)
Garrett Parks (Australia)
Clay Marzo (Hawaii)
Fisher Heaverly (USA)
Tyler Newton (Hawaii)
Marc Lacomare (Europe)
Alain Riou (Europe)
Aritz Aranburu (Europe)
Leif Engstrom (USA, winner of the Empire State Championships, Trials of the Trials, presented by Quiksilver)
Ryan Carlson (USA)
Sam Hammer (USA)
Asher Nolan (USA)
Jeremy Johnston (USA)
Keanu Asing (Hawaii, winner of the UnSound Pro Junior)
Ian Gentile (Hawaii, vitaminwater selection)