No Quiksilver Return in 2012

ASP World Tile Series stop on East Coast is nixed.

The Quiksilver Pro New York will not return to the East Coast as a stop on the 2012 ASP World Title Series, Quiksilver and the Association of Surfing Professionals announced Friday.

Long Beach was host to the competition last September, marking the sixth of 11 events on the series in 2011, and city officials were hopeful for the competition’s return in 2012.

"It is unfortunate that we announce the cancellation of the 2012 Quiksilver Pro New York," said Dave Prodan, ASP International spokesman, in a statement released Friday. "The 2011 installment was a fantastic event with excellent waves, tremendous local support and some of the best surfing we enjoyed all season. That said, we understand the factors leading to Quiksilver's withdrawal of the New York event from the 2012 schedule. We appreciate Quiksilver's continued support of the world's best surfers with the Australian and European elite level events in 2012."

The ASP International in November released its 2012 schedule that included the Quiksilver Pro New York among the stops on the tour, but did not announce a specific location.

Quiksilver had a three-year agreement with the Association of Surfing Professionals to hold Quiksilver Pro New York in the state for the next two years, but the agreement did not bind the company to hold it in Long Beach. That left the city in competition with other surf-friendly communities such as the Rockaways and Montauk.

Rob Colby, president of Quiksilver Americas, said in the statement that the 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York event was a “huge success” for the surfers and received and “incredible support from New Yorkers."

"Quiksilver is still very much committed to the ASP and the professional surfing tour in 2012 with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (Australia) and the Quiksilver Pro France,” he added.

While Quiksilver representatives were unavailable for comment Friday afternoon, City Councilman John McLaughlin said he believes Quiksilver was experiencing some financial problems and was forced to lay off employees.

“They had gone over budget for our event,” McLaughlin said.

He said the city should continue to seek a different sponsor for the surfing event, such as Nike or Billabong. “We should now be open to other offers from competitive companies,” he said. “We should find an alternative sponsor.”

Even though he was disappointed with Quiksilver’s decision, McLaughlin said, “I’m a realist, I’m a big boy and we have to move on.” 

Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford, R-Long Beach, said she was extremely disappointed with Quiksilver’s decision not to return to the area.

“Maybe it was not profitable enough for them,” said Ford. “Everybody said it was a great, great event. The surfers seemed to really like it.”

Owen Wright defeating long-time veteran Kelly Slater to take home the $300,000 prize at the competition in Long Beach last September. The event was to include a festival, which included live bands, skateboarding and motorcross displays, but the City of Long Beach cancelled the festival after Hurricane-Turned Tropical Storm Irene flooded the city.

Ford said she doesn’t believe that the decision had anything to do with the sudden cancellation of the concert portion of the event in the aftermath of the damage left by Hurricane Irene. 

 “I’m really sad,” Ford added. “It brought such an excitement for us. It thrilled many people. Maybe we can try to change their minds.”

City Manager Charles Theofan; Councilmen Len Torres; and Dave Juan and Mike Nelson, owners of a Quiksilver store in Oceanside and Unsound Surf on East Park Avenue, were also unavailable for comment Friday.

* This story was updated at 6:23 on 12/16/11.


MAG1215LB December 17, 2011 at 01:27 PM
The reason they dropped LB was because their insurance carrier would not underwrite the next event. They determined we were an unreliable host. Also when Tommy & Tommy canceled the second half of the last event Quicksilver lost a ton of money. When they filed a claim with their carrier a statement was required from the city manager as to the nature of the circumstances of the cancelation. Basically they said. Oh we were ready to go forward with the rest of the program. Quicksilver was the one that canceled! So not only did we screw our own people out of the balance of the event we screwed Quicksilver by lying to their insurance carrier making it very difficult for them to collect. PS. Watch our bond rating, it's about to tank! Thanks Mr Sofields!
Bill Carls December 17, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Maybe QS just figured planning a contest around a storm that might, or might not, happen is too much of a risk. Let's face it, the likelihood of having surf conditions anywhere near what we had during the 2011 contest is pretty much nil. We're not a legitimate stop on a professional surfing world tour plain and simple. Instead of whining about QS not coming back and playing nonsense politics, let's put our support behind the NYSea/Skudin surf week in July and support a true LOCAL surfing event.
Candygram for Mongo December 17, 2011 at 03:38 PM
My sources on the council told me that they still owed money to the West End loan sharking operation
Outraged Dem December 17, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Thats exactly my point......and why the story of the new council pulling the plug now is totally plausible.
Outraged Dem December 17, 2011 at 04:09 PM
I heard from two sources, one is a friends who works in City Hall, and another is someone who specifically knows one of the new town board people.
Warran Golbberg December 17, 2011 at 04:44 PM
The chips fell in the correct place. LB did without them before and can do without them now. They caused more decent then it was worth. Good riddance.
robert trailonas December 17, 2011 at 06:42 PM
I heard mike fagan wanted too much money under the table to help pay all his lawyer fees
True Colors Shining Through December 17, 2011 at 08:26 PM
You're probably right! But there was probably none left after Coalition royalty wet their filthy drooling beaks.
Candygram for Mongo December 18, 2011 at 02:27 AM
I think I know exactly who are referring to
Candygram for Mongo December 18, 2011 at 02:32 AM
In other words "To whom you are referring"
Karl December 18, 2011 at 04:59 AM
Sorry Barry green. It's not fiction. I heard last week on the lirr that quicksilver was here long before I heard of this decision. They werent in ca. We know that quicksilver didn't like soefield. Why they came to talk before the current administration is gone I don't know.
Bob Binder a.k.a. "Vitaman" December 18, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Here is a link about the QuickSilver layoffs. http://business.transworld.net/75771/features/quiksilver-roxy-and-dc-layoffs-reported/
Lloyd December 18, 2011 at 05:23 PM
I wrote here way back when that the competition should be held in the summer when the crowds and the warm weather were at their peak...Not in cool and rainy Sept when nobody but the local sun worshippers and joggers hang out on the beach and boardwalk. But who listened? Why are the annual craft and food fairs held on the boardwalk during the height of the summer season and not in November? They get it. We need more decent hotels and boardwalk businesses here in L.B. before any big national sport competition would ever want to set up here again.
Barry Gold December 18, 2011 at 07:49 PM
QS figured out that LB is an amateurish beach town with rinky dinky waves and had no support from the international surfing community. C'mon its LB, we get no waves here!!! move it to Montauk!!
Matt Markell December 18, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Barry Gold, You obviously haven't thought this through. Where would all the people that were attracted to a Quiksilver event be housed. Do you think everyone will just witness the day's events and leave? Aside from being in a remote area, Montauk has very limited facilities for housing short term visitors.
LBLover December 18, 2011 at 08:37 PM
No waves in the summer, that's why they came hurricane season
Gary December 18, 2011 at 10:53 PM
at least they got rid of most of that unfinished hotel foundation that was sitting there for decades - LOL
Lloyd December 18, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Choosing Hurricane season was a real smart move. That sure did a lot for the non surfing activities and the skateboarding festival.
Candygram for Mongo December 19, 2011 at 02:10 AM
No waves in summer see above thanks
Margaret December 20, 2011 at 04:34 AM
The point in a surfing competition is the surf- the added activities are just a bonus so obviously its going to be held during the season with the best surf, better known as hurricane season. I think it's quite obvious that this isn't an issue with Long Beach, but rather Quiksilver finances. If LB was the issue, they would have just moved it elsewhere. Instead, any east coast locale isn't an option- all because of money. Quiksilver is not sponsoring a single ASP world tour event anywhere in the United States at all.
Lloyd December 20, 2011 at 01:54 PM
I disagree. Choosing Hurricane season to hold the vompetition WAS an issue with Long Beach since the damage from Irene caused the City to cancel most of the related festivities. This luerally put a damper on the entire operation and its success. In reality, Long Beach is better suited for a volleyball or beach tennis tourament than a giant surfing one.
Longbeacher December 22, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Quiksilver not coming back had nothing to do with the city of Long Beach ,THAT IS A FACT ,PLEASE TAKE MY WORD FOR IT ,IT IS A FACT
Longbeacher December 22, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Vera,this is not a city matter ,Quiksilver is 500 million in debt ,it was a decision based on our economy ,and there finacial standing
Longbeacher December 22, 2011 at 01:09 PM
thats the real story ,why do people have to think its someone falt.no one has $ not even quik
Longbeacher December 22, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Craig ,thats not true ,Quik is 500 million in debt .check my facts .all retail is down including them,this is not a city matter ,and there was never a meeting,just more rumors
Longbeacher December 22, 2011 at 01:18 PM
no thanks ,that 's Atlantic City.go south if you want to see what LB would become .as if its not crowed enough in the summer ,
Longbeacher December 22, 2011 at 01:19 PM
great idea ,lots of hotels ,great waves .....but what about the fact QS has no $
Longbeacher December 22, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Matt ,They have 100's of empty hotels in sept,and great wave ,tons of parking on side roads ,but QS has no $
Longbeacher December 22, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Thank YOU Margaret,why cant people get it,they need to point a finger ,why cant they just uderstand ,QS does not have the $
Longbeacher December 22, 2011 at 07:22 PM
agreed Lloyd


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