A surfing competition in New York? You betcha! The Quiksilver Pro NY is the first-ever ASP World Championship Tour stop on the East Coast. You'll see not only local surfers such as bartender Sam Hammer and Long Island surfing prince Balaram Stack, who was recently profiled in Rolling Stone, but also killer competitors such as Reef Sweetwater Pro winner Fisher Heverly and the legendary one-time Baywatchstar Kelly Slater. In the past few years, surfing competition on the East Coast has grown in both credibility and rewards. This year 34 world-class surfers are competing for a share of a $1 million purse. The competitors have been selected except for one wild-card slot left that 16 surfers will vie for on September 4. The main event will then be held on the four best surfing days from September 5 to 15. (Though the music festival portion of the event has been canceled, you can still check out the Tony Hawk Vert Jam, a kickoff event at Hudson River Park's Pier 54 on September 2 at 2 p.m.) Don't forget that parking will fill up early and the LIRR will drop you within half a mile. Come watch the boys crush a section!
Update: Due to the hurricane, the trials have been moved from Sept. 1 to 3 to a one-day period on Sept. 4. The official start date has been pushed back from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5. All festival events scheduled to take place on Long Beach have been canceled.
Sept. 4-15, 2011