Quiksilver Pro New York: Event Preview And Editor Picks
What: The first ever Quiksilver Pro New York. Watch it live here.
Where: Long Beach, Long Island, beneath the shadow of the big apple.
When: The waiting period runs from September 5th to September 15th (trials are on the 4th).
Who: The entire World Tour (including Dane and Bobby) as well as Balaram Stack and another wildcard (trials winner).
The Quiksilver Pro New York almost didn’t happen. Category 1 Hurricane Irene smashed into the contest site last Sunday, eroding the beaches and flooding the streets, leaving Long Beach in disarray and prompting the Mayor to declare a state of emergency Monday and pull the plug on the largest WT event in the history of professional surfing.
*The streets of NY went wild. The NYSE took a thousand point flash crash. Facebook and Twitter blew up with relentless status updates. Riots. Protests. Threats. It was a heated night.
Fortunately the higher powers worked things out with the City of Long Beach and on Tuesday morning it was announced the event was safe – the worlds best surfers were still in business.
A 300,000 dollar winners check will be awarded, those surfers on the bubble of requalification still have that chance, and everyone can hit the city during NY fashion week.
And, most importantly, surf fans worldwide get to watch the WT guys compete in (potentially) pumping Hurricane Katia swell.
TransWorld SURF Editor Picks
Editor In Chief, Chris Cote
Winner: CJ Hobgood is an injured tiger, he is desperate for a result, and the fire in his eyes is hot like the surface of the sun. CJ will win the contest.
Shocker: Hurricane Irene shocked us all. While I am relieved and psyched that the contest is still on, I’m a little sad that I won’t be watching Interpol play “NYC” out on the beach—that would have been amazing.
Who will slip: Any competitor that heads to the city the night before the comp—famous last words, “I’m just gonna go to the city for dinner and one or two drinks.”
Managing Editor, Casey Koteen
Winner: Obvious but expected pick: Slater. Less obvious: Taj Burrow, who’s doing the best surfing of his life and needs a win to keep a title run alive.
Shocker: There will be surf! Everyone wants hurricane surf, but not the hurricane. We’ll see if Katia cooperates, and it looks like there could be action behind that as well.
Who will rip: Short period barrel riders.
Who will slip: Guys on the bubble who come up against top seeds.
Photo Editor, Aaron Checkwood
Winner: Taj Burrow.
Shocker: I think Kelly’s gonna take a hit this time. Everyone wants to start spelling Kelly with the eleven in his name, but I have a weird inclination all the crap he has to do for the event will take away his heat.
Who will rip: Hate to bandwagon shit, but I envision Dane doing fun things here.
Who will slip: Anyone who doesn’t do well in small beachbreaks. I know, I know, there’s swell coming, but it definitely isn’t France and I’m thinking the guys who kill it in those types of QS events will flourish and the bigger guys who don’t will have a tough time.
Online Editor, Justin Cote
Winner: Ke11y Slater.
Shocker: Like Tahiti, expect the unexpected; Dan Ross will flare while beachbreak rippers like Alejo, Wilko, etc will bow out early in throttling tubes.
Who will rip: Parko will be seeking vengeance for his early exit in Tahiti and rip the NY beachies.
Who will slip: Whoever chooses the party scene in Manhattan the night before their heat will struggle…
Associate Editor, Zander Morton
Winner: Julian Wilson. It’s about time he wins an event.
Shocker: Asher Nolan wins the trials and makes the main event final. Bet no one sees that coming but I do.
Who will rip: Gabe Kling and CJ Hobgood. Both fighting for their tour lives, and both rip the shit out of EC surf.
Who will slip: Kelly, he’s not Ke11y quite yet.
Sales turkey and former World Tour surfer, Jeff Baldwin
Winner: F-ing Jimmy Slades. He’s having too much fun, has no pressure and owns the field.
Shocker: Will Jordy even surf? Adriano DeSouza will come with high hopes but bow out early.
Who will Rip: All the bottom seeds, or they’re off the WT!
Who will slip: Taylor Knox will slip right off the tour. Sad times. Fans will miss your power carving. Now go tell Rip Curl to get off their ass, make a good movie with a sick part of you in it.
Transworld SURF Events And Marketing Director, Former PSAA Standout—Scott Desiderio
Winner: Jimmy Slade is almost 40 and still better than every one else. At this point he’s just toying with everyone and laughing. Can’t anyone from Gen Now take out a 40 year old bald dude?
Shocker: Parko-Crockadile Dundee in the middle of NYC, he likes to party.
Who will rip: Taj. He’s got a chick now and won’t be party boy.
Who will slip: Jordy’s first shot at a title is slipping further away…
TransWorld SURF friend and NYC Photographer/Surfer, Justin Jay
Winner: For the full wildcard, I think it would be rad if Balaram won, he’s got it so dialed out there with all the weird tides and stuff—it would be tight if he pulled the upset. Be good to see New York shine!
Shocker: Someone in the top ten will get arrested for public nudity.
Who will rip: Dane is gonna rip. He’s never been to New York so it’s gonna be interesting just watching him adapt to the surroundings.
Who will slip: Anybody who’s coming to compete and rage will have a lot on their plate, they’re gonna have to pick one or the other.