LONG BEACH - Fans packed Long Beach today for the start of the Quicksilver Pro Surfing competition.

This is the first time the world-championship surfing competition has been held in New York.

Many were worried that the competition would not be held so soon after Tropical Storm Irene struck the region.

For Bob Wolfson, the competition has inspired him. "In my retirement I'm going to get a surfboard and you'll see me out here."