Do you live in one of the areas in and around NYC that actually suffered some significant damage from Irene? Do you have the Hurricane Irene blues? Well, here's something to look forward to:
Thursday, September 1, was to be the start of one of the largest festivals that the popular summer island and NYC suburb, Long Beach, has experienced. Quicksilver Pro New York, an international surfing competition with a $1 million prize, commences this week. In addition to some of the most competitive surfing the East Coast has seen, the competition's backdrop was intended to be a large music and arts festival, drawing unprecedented crowds to the small barrier island for free acts from bands such as The Flaming Lips, Interpol and Girl Talk. Unfortunately, Long Beach was hit hard by Irene, and city officials, working closely with Quicksilver, had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the non-surfing festivities, including these highly anticipated musical acts. However, don't despair if surf and skate events are your favored activities, as THE SURFING COMPETITION WILL PROCEED, according to the latest update from Quicksilver. Take the Long Island Railroad to Long Beach to hang ten with world-famous surfers from September 1 through 15. The official kickoff event for Quicksilver Pro N.Y. will be "The Tony Hawk Vert Jam," at 2pm on Friday, September 2, at Hudson River Park's Pier 54 in Manhattan.