City Manager: Quiksilver Cancels Competition's Festival

Concerts, motocross and skateboard events nixed from the event.

While organizers of the announced that their surfing competition will go on as scheduled in Long Beach starting Sept. 1, the City of Long Beach said that the festival sideshows have been canceled.

City Manager Charles Theofan told Patch that he and city officials talked with Quiksilver organizers throughout Monday morning, the day after , to work out details surrounding the 15-day event.

“But at present, it looks like that portion of the event that was planned for Quiksilver City — that's on the Foundation Block and the Superblock — is going to be canceled, but the surfing tournament is going to proceed starting Monday, Labor Day,” Theofan said.

Quiksilver did not return phone calls or emails on Monday afternoon, but earlier in the day the company released a statement that it was going forward with the surf competition as planned, including all skateboard, motocross and concert events.

"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," Luke Watson, a spokesman for Quiksilver, said in the statement.

On Monday, Quiksilver workers were working on the festival site at the Foundation Block, at Broadway and Edwards Boulevard, which together with the staging area for the competition at National beach were in anticipation of the storm. Although workers were not on the beach Monday morning.

Paul Gillespie, chief of Long Beach lifeguards, said Quiksilver must first dig about a foot down in the sand under the boardwalk at the beach entrance on National in order to get their equipment through the beach.

was closed to swimmers on Monday as the city’s beach maintenance workers cleaned up in the wake of the category 1 hurricane.

“Because of the storm itself, we lost all lifeguard mounds and the lifeguard chairs were knocked to the back of the beach,” Gillespie said. “Thank God we saved all 24 chairs. We just restored everything, we put up all the chairs, and we’re ready to go. We’re going to open the beach tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and let people back in the water.”

The lifeguard station at National beach was knocked off its moorings and pushed into the boardwalk during the storm Sunday morning. Gillespie said he is still waiting to hear what will be done with the structure. “Hopefully we’ll be able to lift it and put it back on its foundation, hopefully before the contest, before Labor Day,” he said.

Meanwhile, Quiksilver fully booked the on Broadway and National, for the 15-day event, but the hotel's underground garage and ground level Work crews on Monday were still busy cleaning up those areas.  

“Those are the only levels that are not fully operational right now,” said Laura Vivonetto, a spokesperson for the hotel, on Monday. “So we moved the front desk up to our lounge and we’re checking in guest from there. Otherwise, every other floor is completely operational. But our lobby will be back in pristine condition and operating in time for the Quiksilver event.”

Vivonetto said work crews will continue to work day and night to restore the garage and ground level and help Quiksilver get through the next few days.

“It’s really going to be a team effort to get everything going, so that Thursday, when they event starts, they’ll be minimal disruption,” she said.

* Matt Hogan contributed to this story.

Kay August 31, 2011 at 01:26 AM
Betty, I bet you lived somewhere else before Long Beach, no?
Kay August 31, 2011 at 02:18 AM
And Betty trust me I know, many of the local businessman are my family/friends..and they are not thrilled about all the hustle and bustle that will arise from this.
Gary August 31, 2011 at 02:19 AM
Hhhhmmm... it could help property values by increasing Long Beach awareness. It could help restaurants because people who don't live here may come back again in the future if they haven't been here already. Maybe the media will talk about how dated and lacking our boardwalk is and embarrass the COLB into finally coming up with a plan for a more beautiful and well equipped boardwalk? just 'sayin.
Citzen//Taxpayer August 31, 2011 at 02:37 PM
@Betty - I find your request of my financial support an odd question. You asked me - not everyone else. I answered you in the quickest format possible. Your intent was not clear. I never claimed to know whether or not you attend City Council Meetings. If you are having a flashback we could go have an ice cream at Jahns. Don't assume to fill in the blanks on someone you don't know; my conclusion is that people are posting here because they care about LB events and not my particular financial support. I guess my well though out response would be I am in support of event pertaining to Long Beach keeping in mind Safety is no Accident. While it may upset me and my kids that the events they were excited to participate in are now cancelled. My long history as well as my husbands stand on its own that we are supportive and contributory member so Long Beach. However, you chose not to answer my requests and at this point let it be. No-one on this thread cares about our witty information exchange that serves no purpose and doesn't even pertain to the article.
Brendan August 31, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Danno August 31, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Kay has it correct. You even type small.
Danno August 31, 2011 at 04:48 PM
You sound so greedy! Money is not the most important thing to the real locals of this town. And just because we live here doesnt mean we have to support a local business.
Carole Marans Butler August 31, 2011 at 04:55 PM
I hope the children in the neighborhood are not too disappointed that their skateboarding, BMX and Motocross heroes will not be here. It would have been quite a thrill for them to meet Tony Hawk and the other sports superstars. What a shame.
Danno August 31, 2011 at 04:57 PM
@Betty, i met someone on the boardwalk who said he worked for the Allegria hotel. He didn't like them because they were bouncing his checks over 8 months ago. So maybe that hotel isn't in finacial trouble because of the surf contest. Maybe it's because of themselves.I myself had heard rumours that they were not doing well months ago. You sound like most of the tools that have moved hear over the years that the locals dont care for. No matter how educated you may be. Bet you moved hear around 1980. Typical
Danno August 31, 2011 at 05:06 PM
@Carole, I feel bad for all the kids also. Just don't think city hall thought this thru. Money,money,money!
paul.d.spellman August 31, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Carole, I agree with your concern for the kids, I think someone should contact the school board and make sure that counselors are available to help the children through it.
Misty August 31, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Perfect time for the kids to learn that life is not fair and if they want change in their community, they need to vote. Election Day is right around the corner. See ya, Sofield's.
Citzen//Taxpayer August 31, 2011 at 05:51 PM
@ Paul - sarcastic much? LOL
Citzen//Taxpayer August 31, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Kay - wherever she lived I'm sure she was financially supportive.
Josephine Marano Tarangelo August 31, 2011 at 07:25 PM
Kay, you have no idea what you are talking about. The city of LB knew what they were getting into when they signed with Quicksilver. The cancellation of the scheduled events in my opinion is very politically motivated. And the named individuals in all these comments are taking the fall for it. You must be very well off. Good for you. But for all the people in "in your small little town" that had part time work just for a little while are now out of luck. The single mom who rented a room in her LB house, is out the rent that she was banking on, and so on. So please stop talking
Brendan August 31, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Paul isn't just sarcastic. He's also usually right, as well as level-headed. I think I have a man-crush on him.
Citzen//Taxpayer August 31, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Ha-ha-ha Brendan you make me laugh!!!! I can still feel bad for all the kids who are disappointed. : )
Danno August 31, 2011 at 11:18 PM
@Paul, did you refund your renters their money back. If you owe them then you should.
Alex manolopoulos September 02, 2011 at 06:50 PM
I live in long beach, own a house and did not rent it out. I am embarrassed and ashamed at my officials, I had nothing to gain monetarily and this was all about a surf community getting recognized on an international scale and our officials failed us, this could have put us on the international map as a great destination and now we will be known as a lame ass town with lame ass officials... I plan on voting and I never vote locally... These guys are out. Btw, I know several business owners and I heard theofan used the relatively tame hurricane Irene to draw down an emergency fund that they had quicksilver put up, when quicksilver said they were not responsible for the hurricane, the council said screw you on the festivals. Nice try theofan to squeeze out more money, now we all pay
John September 03, 2011 at 02:13 AM
I was just out at Huntington Beach for the US Open - tons of people, tons of kids high school and college age. Everything went smooth as far as I could tell (not like their riots some years ago; though some residents this year posted comments after as to the post event cleanup, etc). To be honest I wonder if things are just culturally different in NY - out in California I was pleasantly reminded of the laid back west coast attitude. I will not be surprised if while NYC/LB I encounter something different - I have known too many people from NYC and LI from the workplace that are east coast rude with an attitude, and I have seen things in prior trips to NYC that are just abhorrent. Which is beat because NYC has many great things to see and do, and I know good folks too - though there seems to be more bad apples around. Maybe that is what Theofan knows and was expecting? I don't know - I am just hoping to get in and get out without any problems; as well as not being scammed by the city.
Nanci Ramage September 03, 2011 at 04:27 AM
Then why did LB agree to host an event of this magnitude in the first place? I think what everyone is upset about is something big was promised and then not delivered. If you think for one minute Irene was the reason for the cancellations, you are sadly mistaken. There is good and bad in every town/city but the good usually outweighs the bad. As far as the laid back west coast attitude remark about California. Does the 1992 Los Angeles Riots or South Central Riots ring a bell?
John September 03, 2011 at 05:30 AM
A concern I have visiting LB vs. HB is that I know from visiting NYC that there is a lot of bad elements just like around central LA and other parts which I avoid at all costs. Huntington Beach is in Orange Country about 30 miles from LA - and the nearest train station is miles away - it really is a car culture out there - heck Disneyland sits nearby in Anaheim. Maybe the lack of mass transportation is part of what keeps gangbangers away from HB. I'm driving into LB each day in part because I do not want to be on the train early morning or late night. Maybe after visiting and getting a sense for the good and bad parts then I will reconsider. Will probably see if there is a crime map such as what the LA Times has on their website.
John September 03, 2011 at 02:52 PM
LB - I can see your analogy. It was interesting years ago when I first visited OC and heard locals make sure I knew that OC was not LA, and they tried to distance themselves from there. I had seen it as being all just LA - the OC is very different - much more suburban feel. For NYC/LI, I did find several crime maps and can see where LB is low relative to other nearby cities, e.g. Hempstead, where it seems there is a constant battle there going on to reduce crime. This crime info helps as at least I can know which towns to not swing through for gas, food.
Bruce Haber September 05, 2011 at 01:25 AM
paul.d.spellman September 05, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Bruce, You can't even figure out how to turn off the CAPS LOCK....
daveheitman September 19, 2011 at 01:56 AM
i was in from las vegas hanging with my bud billy palazzo for 2 weeks. i used to live here.my mother was born there in 1932 and my grand parents moved there in the 20's. i'm glad i left 22 years ago. it seems as most long beach people are a bunch of drama queens and need to get your act together as a city. i had people calling me during the hurricane / surf event from out west. i was a little embarest to tell you the truth to tell them what a cluster f--- the whole thing was. the city runs out of sand bags. the whole surf event was a joke. and long beach is no way prepared to handle a little cheese ball surf event at best. you guys need to slow down and think things out before you torture your own residents. you guys are lucky you made it through your little flood and power outage let alone have an influx of tourists with that over priced garbage hotel on the boardwalk. you couldn't even get a hot dog or a drink of water during the surf event. but you could buy a pair of shorts for $200. call quicksilver back when you get your super block together with a parking garage. a proper beach park with facilitys. the city did the right thing by canceling all the events. it should have never been considered in the first place. isn't that why jones beach was created? not a residential district to hold events? ya bunch of drama queens. now you got something to talk about. and tell billy oneal to stop riding his bike on the boardwalk with signs blaming the city for the problems. lol.
anna September 19, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Hey Dave Heitman - don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out
toolittle September 19, 2011 at 02:25 PM
mike October 21, 2011 at 03:51 PM
1969,ny thruway closed. hardly any food,water and bathroom facilities.for three days and nights nearly 500,000 people camped out in the rain to hear a concert. great time was had by all. 42 years later, 2011, a few people without water,electricity and cable. city cancels concerts. what would we do without short sighted politicians.
Citzen//Taxpayer October 21, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Mike - glad it wasn't my call to cancel plans. But Woodstock did not have a hurricane or FEMA. Sounds like you had fun and I'm a little jealous.


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