LONG BEACH, N.Y. (WPIX)—New York will play host to the world's best surfers now that Long Beach, LI, has secured a stop on this year's Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour, the ASP announced Wednesday.
It is the first time that an East Coast town has ever hosted the event, and will be the sixth stop on a competition tantalizing riders with an unheard-of $1 million dollar prize.
The pros and Long Beach locals alike will be praying for hurricane swell when the contest begins Sep. 4-15.
"When I was young, I remember some great waves on Long Island with my brother Sean and our friends," Kelly Slater, the 10-time ASP world champion, said in a statement. "I'm really looking forward to being in New York. This event itself will be unique and kind of an unknown for us and bringing the ASP tour to Long Island should be fun cause there's a big surf culture there already and some great surf shops."
The beach was elected after an exhaustive study by surfline.com, a leading forecaster for waves and conditions.
"This was a very fascinating study," said Sean Collins, Chief Forecaster and President of Surfline.com. "The surf climate in Western Long Island is greatly affected by the underwater Hudson Canyon offshore, which can turn average surf into very high quality surf comparable to many of the best surf spots in the world on the right day. We are also in a La Nina year, so we expect the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season to be a little more active and hopefully we can score great surf with the world's top surfers in one of the best cities in the world."
Owners and devoted clients of surfshop Unsound Surf are especially excited as the shop will be presenting the Quiksilver Pro Trials. Every year Unsound sponsors a contest in September at the Long Beach break.
"We are beyond excited to host the biggest pro surf event in the world on Long Island this September," said Bob McKnight, CEO of Quiksilver in a statement.