A moment of solitude. Owen takes a few breaths as he prepares for the biggest heat of his life. Photo: Sherm

A moment of solitude. Owen takes a few breaths as he prepares for the biggest heat of his life. Photo: Sherm

"Quite possibly the most progressive surf contest ever." Kelly Slater commented. Owen taking his credit. Photo: Sherm

"Quite possibly the most progressive surf contest ever." Kelly Slater commented. Owen taking his credit. Photo: Sherm

Owen reaches for the sky. Photo: Sherm

Owen reaches for the sky. Photo: Sherm

Revenge has been served. Owen evens the score. Photo: Sherm

Revenge has been served. Owen evens the score. Photo: Sherm

Liberty! Owen celebrates his monument(al) win. Photo: Sherm

Liberty! Owen celebrates his monument(al) win. Photo: Sherm

Kelly's very experimental approach. Photo: Sherm

Kelly's very experimental approach. Photo: Sherm

Another empty A frame. Photo: Sherm

Another empty A frame. Photo: Sherm

The view from the rooftop of the Allergria hotel, 80 feet above. Photo: Sherm

The view from the rooftop of the Allergria hotel, 80 feet above. Photo: Sherm

Owen Wright, high and tight. Photo: Sherm

Owen Wright, high and tight. Photo: Sherm

Coach Johnny Gannon consoles Taj after another heartbreaking loss to Kelly. Photo: Sherm

Coach Johnny Gannon consoles Taj after another heartbreaking loss to Kelly. Photo: Sherm

Kelly describing his perfect 10 to Taj, shortly after their match up. Photo: Sherm

Kelly describing his perfect 10 to Taj, shortly after their match up. Photo: Sherm

The wind clocked offshore in the middle of the night. Sometimes that spells flatness by mid-morning on the east coast but not this time. Photo: Jimmicane

The wind clocked offshore in the middle of the night. Sometimes that spells flatness by mid-morning on the east coast but not this time. Photo: Jimmicane

Taj Burrow and Josh Kerr most likely contemplating their eventual match up with Slater. Photo: Jimmicane

Taj Burrow and Josh Kerr most likely contemplating their eventual match up with Slater. Photo: Jimmicane

Taj's perfect fan. Photo: Jimmicane

Taj's perfect fan. Photo: Jimmicane

Every time you looked up there was a peak barreling somewhere. Photo: Jimmicane

Every time you looked up there was a peak barreling somewhere. Photo: Jimmicane

Currently the best aerialist in the world. Josh Kerr. Photo: Jimmicane

Currently the best aerialist in the world. Josh Kerr. Photo: Jimmicane

Empties galore. Photo: Jimmicane

Empties galore. Photo: Jimmicane

Kelly in his QF heat with Kerr. Photo: Jimmicane

Kelly in his QF heat with Kerr. Photo: Jimmicane

Right after the horn sounded Kerr got this shack. Would it have been the score he needed? Photo: Jimmicane

Right after the horn sounded Kerr got this shack. Would it have been the score he needed? Photo: Jimmicane

Another one that wasn't even good enough to give away priority on. Photo: Jimmicane

Another one that wasn't even good enough to give away priority on. Photo: Jimmicane

The best barrels were the lefts reeling off the jetty at National St. Photo: Jimmicane

The best barrels were the lefts reeling off the jetty at National St. Photo: Jimmicane

Julian Wilson, slightly too deep. Photo: Jimmicane

Julian Wilson, slightly too deep. Photo: Jimmicane

Owen Wright counting down to 300 G's! Photo: Jimmicane

Owen Wright counting down to 300 G's! Photo: Jimmicane

Alejo Muniz quietly snuck into the SF against Owen. His best result so far. Photo: Jimmicane

Alejo Muniz quietly snuck into the SF against Owen. His best result so far. Photo: Jimmicane

Owen Wright. Photo: Jimmicane

Owen Wright. Photo: Jimmicane

G-land? Not quite, but give this beach break some credit for trying. Photo: Jimmicane

G-land? Not quite, but give this beach break some credit for trying. Photo: Jimmicane

Owen thanked his coach specifically in his speech after the win. Seems to be a working match. Photo: Jimmicane

Owen thanked his coach specifically in his speech after the win. Seems to be a working match. Photo: Jimmicane

It's not often you see this man lose a final. Photo: Jimmicane

It's not often you see this man lose a final. Photo: Jimmicane

Imagine if the judges wouldn't have butchered that heat in Brazil against Adriano. Owen might be leading the World Title race at this point. Photo: Jimmicane

Imagine if the judges wouldn't have butchered that heat in Brazil against Adriano. Owen might be leading the World Title race at this point. Photo: Jimmicane

The biggest check in professional surfing history! Photo: Jimmicane

The biggest check in professional surfing history! Photo: Jimmicane

Quiksilver Pro New York Final Day: Owen Wright Victorious

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September 9th, 2011 is now officially the greatest day in East Coast surfing history. It really could not get any better. Flawless swell from Hurricane Katia swung straight into Long Beach, New York to meet up with the highest quality of surfers in the world, in the richest event ever to date.

Maybe there’s been better days of waves here before but as far as fun factor, it was a 10 out of 10. Countless perfect barrels were going unridden as the surfers waited in the lineup for even higher scoring
potential. Just dropping in and getting spit out of an overhead tube wasn’t going to match up with the all the 9+ point rides that were going down every heat.

Congratulations to Owen Wright on winning his first, of what looks to be many WT events.

Congratulations to Kelly Slater on landing the best air of his life and continuing to astonish surf fans around the world.

Congratulations to Alejo Muniz for netting his best result yet.

Congratulations to Josh Kerr for being the raddest, most exciting guy in surfing right now.

Congratulations to Quiksilver for having the balls to put on such a risky but absolutely amazing event.

Congratulations to New York, and thank you for a week we will never forget.

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