Wildcard Announced for Quiksilver Pro New York

Balaram Stack (USA), 19, wildcard into September's Quiksilver Pro New York. Photo: Courtesy of ASP

LONG ISLAND, New York/USA (Wednesday, July 27, 2011) - With less than six weeks to commencement, preparation for the upcoming $1million Quiksilver Pro New York supported by vitaminwater, September 1-15, is hitting fever pitch. The Quiksilver Pro New York supported by vitaminwater is the richest surfing competition to be staged anywhere in the world in the sport's 36-year professional history, and will feature the world's Top 34-ranked athletes plus two wildcards.

It has been more than 20 years since an elite level professional surfing event was staged on the United States East Coast and, up until now, New York has never hosted a World Championship Tour surfing competition. The Quiksilver Pro New York is the 6th of 11 stops on the 2011 Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour and will play an important hand in deciding this year's World Champion.

In addition to world class surfing, the Quiksilver Pro New York will also feature a festival area by the beach that will feature action sports (Skate, Motocross, BMX), concerts, fashion, and food & beverage. The festival will be open from Saturday, September 3 to Sunday, September 11. All festival events will be free to the general public.

The Quiksilver Pro New York surf competition will take approximately four days to run to completion and will be held on the best days of surf available. The main event period will run from September 4 through 15, and will be preceded by the Quiksilver Pro New York ASP World Tour Trials, presented by UnSound Surf, supported by Vitamin Water, September 1-3.

New York's own Balaram Stack has been granted the first of two wildcards to compete against the world's top surfers in the Quiksilver Pro New York. Hailed as the most talented surfer to emerge from the New York surf scene, Balaram joined the Quiksilver Pro Team at the age of 14. He is now 19 and pairs his supremely smooth surf style with a repertoire of crowd-wowing, gravity-defying aerial antics. Balaram won the coveted New York UnSound Pro title in 2010 and is also a multiple NSSA East Coast champion.

The second and final wildcard will be determined through the Quiksilver Pro New York ASP World Tour Trials, presented by UnSound Surf, supported by Vitamin Water. This trials event will be held between September 1-3 at the National Boulevard event site.

Invited trialists:
– Craig Anderson (Australia)
– Masatoshi Ohno (Japan)
– Garrett Parks (Australia)
– Clay Marzo (Hawaii)
– Fisher Heaverly (USA)
– Tyler Newton (Hawaii)
– Marc Lacomare (Europe)
– Alain Riou (Europe)
– Aritz Aranburu (Europe)
– Leif Engstrom (USA, winner of the Empire State Championships, Trials of the Trials, presented by Quiksilver)
– Ryan Carlson (USA)
– Sam Hammer (USA)
– Asher Nolan (USA)
– Jeremy Johnston (USA)
– Keanu Asing (Hawaii, winner of the UnSound Pro Junior)
– Ian Gentil (Hawaii, vitaminwater selection)