ASP heads to New York

The ASP announces the first ever East Coast World Tour stop

In Long Island, the best surfers in the world will compete for a piece of the $1,000,000 purse. Photo: Lusk

As if holding the first-ever ASP World Tour stop on the East Coast were not enough to garner attention for the upcoming Quiksilver Pro New York, the ASP and Quiksilver announced today that the event will also offer a $1 million prize purse, the largest in ASP history. Though the event, which will be held on Long Island's Long Beach from September 4-15, has stirred some debate over whether the location is worthy of a world-class event, Surfline's Chief Forecaster and President, Sean Collins, has said, "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." With $1 million on the line, the surf better be good.

Few would argue that when the waves are on in New York, it can be ideal for high-performance surfing. Cody Thompson boosts a frontside air, case in point. Photo: Lusk

Although New York is far more famous for its skyline than its consistent surf, Quiksilver and the ASP think it's worth taking the risk. Photo: Ellis