Quik Pro: Worth the Hype

Shea Lopez's last-minute effort to be a part of the Quik Pro New York

| posted on September 08, 2011

To see photos from Day 3 click here.

Hurricane season, more specifically September, is the only month of the year that I’m completely comfortable with staying put on the East Coast. At times, we have multiple swell sources bringing swell to every wave starved corner of the North West Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Of all the nooks and crannies that comes to life this time of year,one of the best is Long Island and Northern Jersey. And hurricane Katia plans to rock both tomorrow.

A few hours ago I came in from day 4 of overhead swell behind my house to watch the Quik Pro NY. All the action had me frothing like I was a grommet, it was awesome! So awesome, that after witnessing Slater and Kerr’s fireworks in their round 4 heat, I got my butt to the airport in a hurry. Because as much fun as the surf outside my house has been, I needed to get up to New York and be a part of the greatest East Coast contest ever run (plus, make my own NY dream come true—score some sick pits).

Until now the surf has been average in size, but perfect in shape and wind for performing massive airs. Turn on the webcast at 7am tomorrow and you should see very different face to the NY line up. After hyping up this moment for what feels like a month now, the fact that it may all come together perfectly is exactly why Quiksilver exhaustingly, miraculously put so much effort into bringing this event here. I’m sure they are hoping that their very own Kelly Slater can hold up a check for 300,000 in the middle of times square. That may well be the case, but he’ll have to get past Josh Kerr in their quarterfinal heat tomorrow.

  • Ben

    Not worth the hype. The surf is poor. Yes, the best guys still rip poor surf, but I’d give it back for another session at chopes!

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  • Mik

    I wouldn’t ignore Taj as a possible winner. His backhand is better than either Kelly or Kerr, and he can do any air that Kerr can. I put all 3 on equal chance… Until proven otherwise.

  • dman

    they must be so happy they even got any waves. Rocky point looked way better than anything I have seen on the webcast today. So does this mean the EDDIE event will get a BIGGER purse? I mean WTF surfin 3-4 foot shorebreak for 1 million and winner gets $300,000. Corporate SELLOUT RAISE the stakes for the EDDIE…

  • Manny Ramirez

    Kelly Slater wasnt given all he should of recieved

  • Marcelo

    Hey all you little haters with nothing to say, this was a blast, the fans around the world are over the moon today, Good work from Quik and ASP.


  • anthony serra

    Still people being negative on the event held in N.Y. The surf was fun, everyone had a blast and all things came together with the swell for the finals. This like anything in life, people love failure and they were let down with this contest.

  • Ben

    Mik, what are you smoking and where can I get some? Taj has a better backhand than KELLY? Nobody, not Occy, no nobody, has a better backhand than Kelly. There’s a reason that King Slater has multiple trophies from Fiji, Chopes, Mundaka, Reunion island, and so forth on his mantle. How about Taj?

  • duh

    The Katia swell was WAAAYYYYY overhyped….I would have thought it was going to be the superbank or Chopes out there….East coast surfers are the biggest hype machines ever…waves through the whole contest sucked except for the final day…how is that a success?

  • bozo

    waves were way overhyped……East Coast = overhype ….fun looking waves the last day but the rest of the contest was a joke for waves…at least Ocean Beach, San Fran can get wild and wooly size wise even though it is still a beach break

  • http://surfermagazine local

    all a bunch of haters,waves crowd good energy just cause u were watching a simulcast dont hate…

  • dgb

    Can’t wait for a pro to come along that surfs every heat – every single one – just going for big airs. No turns other than to set up for an air. They way the ASP is judging airs we could quite easily have a world champ that can’t connect a series of maneuvers in the very near future.

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