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
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
Right after the horn sounded Kerr got this shack. Would it have been the score he needed? Photo: Jimmicane
Owen thanked his coach specifically in his speech after the win. Seems to be a working match. 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
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.