Huntington Beach, Calif. (July 14, 2011) - Quiksilver Presents the Tony Hawk Vert Jam to officially kick off the Quiksilver Pro New York supported by Vitamin Water on Friday, September 2 with a massive halfpipe demo free to the public at Hudson River Park's Pier 54.
Then on Saturday, September 3, Tony and his Birdhouse crew will skate the street park at the Quiksilver Pro New York surf festival location in Long Beach, New York. These events will be the final stops for Tony's east coast summer tour, Quiksilver Presents the Birdhouse MIA to NYC Tour powered by Tech Deck.
"NYC is always a blast and skating has deep roots there," says Tony Hawk. "It's an honor to be invited to do a demo of this caliber in the Big Apple!"
The Quiksilver Pro New York is the first World Championship Tour surf competition ever held in New York with an unprecedented $1 million dollar prize purse, and also features a giant live music stage and skate, motocross and BMX demos from the world's best action sports athletes. Skateboarding legends Tony Hawk and Kevin Staab, along with Jesse Fritsch, Mitchie Brusco, Sandro Dias, Neil Hendrix and Elliot Sloan will give fans the opportunity to see the best that skateboarding has to offer.
"We are excited to have the Tony Hawk Vert Jam launch the Quiksilver Pro New York," said Mike Matey, Quiksilver Vice President of Marketing.
"Tony always brings an amazing experience and it's the perfect way to kick-off two weeks of surf, skate, music, fashion and art in the world's greatest city."
The Quiksilver Pro New York will be the final destination for Tony's East Coast summer tour, Quiksilver Presents the Birdhouse MIA to NYC Tour powered by Tech Deck, featuring skateboarding legends Tony Hawk, Kevin Staab and Willy Santos along with Birdhouse team amateurs Aaron "Jaws" Homoki, Riley Hawk, Shawn Hale, Clint Walker, David Loy and Shaun Gregoire.
Each tour stop will continue the tradition of bringing fans the opportunity to see Tony and his crew at legendary skateparks all over the U.S. Demos will showcase skatepark street skating and spectacular halfpipe events in Virginia Beach and New York City.
In addition to Quiksilver and Tech Deck, the Birdhouse MIA To NYC tour sponsors include Staples, YoYo Factory and the truth® youth smoking prevention campaign. Tech Deck's National Fingerboarding Championships will be held on tour September 3rd at the Quiksilver Pro New York in Long Beach, NY. For the Birdhouse MIA to NYC 2011 Tour Promo Video, click here.
2011 Tony Hawk Miami to New York Tour Schedule
8/21 Miami, FL · West Wind Skatepark
8/22 Tampa, FL · Skatepark of Tampa
8/23 Jacksonville, FL · Kona Skatepark
8/25 Savannah, GA · Buckwalter Skatepark
8/27 Fayetteville, NC · Double Decker Skatepark
8/28 Virginia Beach, VA · Virginia Beach (East Coast Surfing Championships)
8/31 Washington, DC. · Frederick Skatepark
9/2 New York City, NY · Hudson River Park's Pier 54
9/3 Long Beach, NY · Quiksilver Pro New York
For demo times and details go to www.quiksilver.com or
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