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Organizers of the Quiksilver Pro New York, the world's first $1M professional surfing event, are back on the ground in Long Beach, NY today working to rebuild the surf competition and festival sites to deliver the action sports and music experience originally intended before the hurricane.
**The surf contest will have the same "holding period" scheduled for September 1 through 15, with the contest held during 3-4 best days of the waiting period. The Unsound Surf Trials are still scheduled to be held September 1 to 3.**
**All skate/bmx/moto/music events will have the same dates and schedules will be updated throughout the week as the event site is built, so please check back to www.quiksilverpro.com for frequent schedule updates.**
**Tony Hawk's Vert Jam will still take place on Friday, September 2nd at Pier 54 in New York City."
Long Beach took a direct hit from Irene, a category 1 hurricane when it moved through. Storm surge, big waves and a coinciding high tide caused large scale erosion to the beach at National Boulevard that is the host site to the Quiksilver Pro. As instructed by the City of Long Beach, Quiksilver Pro event structures were removed prior to Irene's arrival, so no structural loss has been incurred. Quiksilver will be working alongside the City of Long Beach to monitor the building daily to determine how to manfacture the same experience as intended before Irene.
"Surfing events have always required daily flexibility, so while Irene posed a larger than normal challenge, it was still well within the realm of what we prepare for when staging professional surfing events," said Quiksilver's Luke Watson.
"We chose the upcoming weeks to stage the event because it was hurricane season, offering the greatest potential for good surf. So planning for hurricanes was par for the course. Our event has an extended 15-day holding period precisely to negotiate the elements of nature, which is the essence of our sport. It is possible that we can complete the event in as few as three days of contestable surf, so we do have flexibility in scheduling. We will not be extending the period beyond its original end-date of September 15 and we definitely have the ability to take a little extra time on the front end to assess conditions and rebuild the site when the city deems it is safe to do so."
The world's top surfers are currently competing in the 5th stop on the ASP World Tour in Tahiti and are not expected in New York before September 2. The first three days of the holding period - September 1-3, were set aside for a local trials event to determine a wildcard entrant to the main event. The professionals are not scheduled to compete before September 4.
Quiksilver would like to encourage all out-of-state and international media and fans attending the event to check with their airline carriers for flight disruptions. Local airports have not yet announced when they will re-open.
Quiksilver will continue to provide event dates as more information becomes available. For media registered for the event, we will not be distributing media credentials until Thursday, September 1, so working media should please wait for updates on where to pick up credentials.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Quiksilver Pro New York!