Officials scrap festival, concert at Quicksilver contest

Tropical Storm Irene was not enough to stop the Quiksilver professional surfing competition from going on as planned in Long Beach, but it did wipe

LONG BEACH - Tropical Storm Irene was not enough to stop the Quiksilver professional surfing competition from going on as planned in Long Beach, but it did wipe out the arts festival and concert portions of the event.

Organizers of the Quiksilver Pro New York Surf Contest, set to begin Sept. 4, say they were forced to scrap the entertainment activities due to hurricane cleanup.

Long Beach officials estimate the tournament could generate up to $15 million for the local economy. However, with the concerts and BMX and skate demonstrations called off, some businesses say it'll hurt their bottom lines.

Residents and surfing fans rallied outside City Hall to urge officials to keep the entire program of the event as planned.

The Quiksilver Pro is scheduled to start its 11-day "holding period" on Sept. 5. The Quiksilver Pro trials presented by Unsound Surf will run on Sept. 4.

Long Beach recovers from storm; surfing competition still on

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

A Queens man died Friday after a car 1 Driver strikes, kills pedestrian in Carle Place
In 2015, one in four drug overdoses were 2 CDC: 1 in 4 fatal drug overdoses linked to heroin in 2015
Police say they have arrested Jonnathan Santos, 20, 3 Police: Man arrested following fatal crash in LIE in Syosset
According to police, the car crashed into a 4 Police respond to car into building in North Bellmore
A Melville homeowner says she's had to shell 5 Homeowner laments costly debris removal after tree trimming

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE