Long Beach turned it on for the final day of the Quiksilver NY Pro with head-high barreling surf. After hearing a lot of crying about how there should never be a pro tour event on the east coast, how the pros should only be surfing the biggest and best waves, it was nice to see a decent fall swell push through Long Island for this contest.
Hurricane Katia gave us all she had, and the crowds showed up to see it.
To be honest, the Quiksilver Pro NY seemed to be all about money – selling a sport to a city not thought to be interested. But when you get to see Kelly Slater throw down a monster 360 air in the waters off Long Island, you instantly feel that it was just about surfing.
I don’t know if they will try to hold the New York event again next year, or what the chances are that there will be another hurricane swell, but I do know that this year’s event was a cool idea and I’m glad it worked out.