Friday, September 9, 2011
Friday Morning in Long Beach: World-Class Surfing at the Quiksilver Pro New York
After three gloomy, rainy mornings when we had to get to work on the subway, once we woke up and found out that today's last day of the Quiksilver Pro New York was on,
we hopped out of the apartment and got on the L train to Atlantic Avenue,
running to just make the 8:15 LIRR train at East New York on its way
to Long Beach,
site of the first world-class surfing competition to come to these parts.
It was a great day on the beach,
with a large crowd watching the action
and seeing our fave, 21yo Australian Owen Wright,
win the $300,000 first prize over ten-time world champ Kelly Slater.
Our little dumbphone camera can't really take pics of the surfers where they appear larger than mosquitoes,
but our eyes still work okay,
and we saw some terrific surfing
-- though for the best views,
we relied on the jumbo TV screens.
We spent some time and a little money in the big temporary store on the beach.
The Quiksilver Pro New York was Event No. 6 of 11 on the 2011 World Title season.
Back in the summer of 1969, we were mesmerized by the surfing film Endless Summer.
We still enjoy watching surfers.
We're very grateful to Quiksilver and everyone associated with the Quiksilver Pro New York for extending our summer of 2011 by at least one more memorable day.