Quiksilver Pro New York Final Day: Owen Wright Victorious

posted by / News / September 10, 2011

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

 

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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22 Responses to “Quiksilver Pro New York Final Day: Owen Wright Victorious”

  1. Matt O'Brien says:

    You summed it up perfectly Jimmicane! perfectly. I can’t wait to see what the Long Island groms have in store for themselves (and us) in few years thanks to their experiences at the Quik event. I was blown away from over 3000 miles on a “tiny” 24″ HD monitor – can’t imagine the action up close and personal. Might just have to go down to SF for the Search event to get that sensation.
    p.s. I think John John is in the mid-cut rotation due to Yadin’s injury. If so watch out Trestles and WT cause JJ is coming!

  2. duh says:

    because there was one day of decent – good waves East coasters have to claim harder than anyone. Most of the contest the waves were average beach break at best if not pittiful the first two days. Just because a big city is near by it was the greatest contest ever. pfff….I hope the asp gets some better waves on tour really quick.

  3. yeah guy says:

    … and to take down the king in your 1st win. Spectacular. So pumped on the last two events, stoked for lowers. Bravo.

  4. Fuck that! says:

    Oh, really Jimmicane? Are you that pumped up for watching one air waves scoring 9+?! Yeah that’s fun to watch.. But if that means 10 out of 10 then I better find another sport to follow.. and I am Brazilian, and our new kids do that on their sleep.. but seriously, “dropping in and getting spit out of an overhead tube wasn’t going to match up with the all the 9+ point rides” for an air?! That is SOOO fucked up!! that’s BS!! I feared the day an air would score better than deep barrel.. guess we no longer need to wait.. the day has arrived.. and that sucks big New Yorker balls!! what about gauging turns?! style?! riding the foam ball? all that.. I don’t know man.. Maybe Bobby Martinez was right..

  5. Jack says:

    right on about the consequences of THAT heat in brazil. Could end up gifting it to Ke11y

  6. flushing chunks says:

    who knew a backside floater would cause so much clamor….
    practice your floaters kiddies

  7. Ben says:

    This was a mediocre beachbreak contest with spectacular surfers. This was not a groundbreaking or remarkable contest. Get real. More chopes, more G-land, less of this bullshit.

  8. Chris says:

    New Yorkers are already dying for this to come back next year because they finally feel validated as surfers. I live here, and I thought it was totally embarrassing to have great surfers try to perform in our less than average to average surf. I really don’t know what the point was, but oh well.

    There are plenty of surfers, here, though, who shell out big bucks on overpriced boutique boards who are totally wrapped up in the Quiksilver propaganda machine. A few of us see it for what it’s worth, but we’re in the minority. I can’t wait for the influx of d-bags and jock sniffers on soft tops who want to surf our 1 foot slop because Ke11y surfed there.

  9. Nick Carroll says:

    Said it before, but what the hell: no matter how you talk down elite professional surfing in its absence, when it shows up in your home town, you’ll roll over and beg for more.

  10. bufu says:

    Sorry Chris and Ben you are both wrong. And Chris way to have pride for where you live. Guess you don’t surf much when you should. Personally I would take Jersey over Cali during the fall, winter and spring. No crowds 5-7 ft dredgers with you and your friends and no sideshow. Yeah Cal is much more consistent but Jersey and NY holds great surf. Nuf said!!

  11. duh says:

    Take Jersey and NY cuz one less east coaster in California the better.

  12. eeeeeee says:

    Duh-Your a Moron-Talk to teh contestants from Brazil, Aust, CA. Slater who surf great surf all the time said the conditions were Great. Because of the side wind more fun than epic places. Hit the highway you8r just jealous talk to Kelly and Owen who said conditions are just like home in Aust. hit the highway moron

  13. eeeeeee says:

    East coast gets great Seen Rhode Island, NJ,OBX better than you could imagine. Surfed CA many times. The east coast is juts not as consistent. In the winter Even Reef Road can pack a punch. The contestants said the surf was awesome a real blast

  14. jfdufjf says:

    Duh-Its called denial and your living it. Ask the pros they loved the surf in NYC. Fun factor 8 to 10.00++ world class waves

  15. Core poor 8 says:

    Funny how so many people waste time complaining about professional surfing, funny how self-claimed purists criticize so-called corporate bitches and how they feed on sucking true surfing’s blood: BS!!! I’m not a big fan of Quiksilver but we need to reckon that this contest has provided a great ramp for some of the surfing’s elite to show some progressive surfing (along with classic Kelly’s small but clean barrel riding). Who cares about deciding if Long beach should be ranked as worldcalss wave??? What matters is that tehre was some consistant surf out there and the contest was fun to watch.
    That’s the way it goes folks, some have chosen to turn surfing into a full time job, and that’s a competitive world out there, it’s their way of leaving the dream, and guess what, yes, economy is involved in the equation. Doesn’t mean that they’ve lost their souls. ASP needs to deal with a bunch of factors and satisfy both surfers, sponsors, media and audience at the same time. The NY contest was a success for that matter, period.

  16. mik says:

    again thats great go there, e coast, take everybody that wasnt born and raised between I.B. amd M.B. with you leave your chicks and f off back to whereever… the west is the best…

  17. Dickson Cider says:

    Sounds like a whole lot of wad spitting, hater co@ks here. Check out the Surfline pics and you will see that epic Blacks is the same as epic NY. It was firing and on our best day in Fla we don’t get barrels that open up for that long. And those who complain about Kelly’s air are either pure haters or don’t have any clue as to how impossible that air was. Most do less than a full rotation 98% of the time in heats. Kelly has mastered a near 540 displyed both backside (US Open) and Frontside (NY) and if you watched the side view it was a big wave closing out and he nailed it beyond the shadow of a doubt for a 10. Owen had a refreshing, well deserved win. NYC was a huge success. Do you realize that there are shareholders in Large corporations and we are in a recession. My advice for what it’s worth. Get an education and start with micro and macro economics before you rail Quik and Rip Curl for keeping it alive during the worst economic times since the Great Deprssion. Kook Haters!

  18. duh says:

    Dickenson Cider…you are wrong. That pic from the last Socal South swell was not “epic” blacks but rather decently good for a South swell. Blacks is best in the winter on a WNW. Epic Blacks is not everyone’s cup of tea because it breaks with so much power. More power and size than just about any wave on the east coast. The finals day at Long Island looked pretty fun by anyone’s standards but doesn’t hold a candle to Blacks when it is throwing up Canyon set South peak wedges.

  19. Hudson says:

    I really can’t believe all the haters out there. Who cares who’s got the better waves. Of course the west coast has better waves, but that doesn’t mean the sport of surfing should be exclusive to the west coast. Grow up and stop hating. If you think your spot is so great don’t ever leave it, cause nobody needs another stuck up surfer in there spot.

  20. Mez says:

    Now THAT is officially one of the biggest claims in the history of claiming, world wide. Ever…

  21. No Name says:

    West coast jealousy? You fools just seeing potential. No way you’ll get our best.

  22. Mic Check says:

    “…the greatest day in East Coast surfing CONTEST history.” It certainly was a beautiful day for a final, and great surfers gave it the thumbs up. Some of the greatest moves landed in any contest.(Kerrzy? Holy Shit!) But it’s hilarious that everyone is so surprised. Have you really never seen a hurricane swell photo? Irene gave us 20+ faces up North (Ask the pros and hellmen who were in Newport that Sat) and that wasn’t even an ideal swell.
    Thanks to all involved it was a great contest and inspiring scene for those who saw it.
    Whiners, haters, and children stay home, it’s too heavy and cold for you up here.

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