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Australian Owen Wright surfing in the semifinals during

Australian Owen Wright surfing in the semifinals during the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Surfers flock to Long Beach for the 2011 Quiksilver Pro.

USA's Kelly Slater could not find the answer
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

USA's Kelly Slater could not find the answer to winning the final against Owen Wright of Australia in the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Kelly Slater loses his board in the finals
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Kelly Slater loses his board in the finals against Owen Wright of Australia in the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Australia's Owen Wright did everything he could to
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Australia's Owen Wright did everything he could to defeat the world's top surfer, USA's Kelly Slater, in the finals of the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Australiam Owen Wright beat USA's Kelly Slater in
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Australiam Owen Wright beat USA's Kelly Slater in the finals at the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

USA's Kelly Slater could not find the answer
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

USA's Kelly Slater could not find the answer to winning the finals against Owen Wright of Australia in the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Australian Owen Wright surfing in the semifinals during
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Australian Owen Wright surfing in the semifinals during the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

At times, the world's number one surfer, USA's
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

At times, the world's number one surfer, USA's Kelly Slater, was brilliant during the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

USA's Kelly Slater was riding the barrel during
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

USA's Kelly Slater was riding the barrel during the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

At times the world's number one surfer
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

At times the world's number one surfer USA's Kelly Slater was brilliant like scoring a 10.00 in the semifinals during the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Australian Owen Wright beat Kelly Slater in the
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Australian Owen Wright beat Kelly Slater in the final to win the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Australian Owen Wright did everything he could to
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Australian Owen Wright did everything he could to beat USA's Kelly Slater in the finals at the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Australian Owen Wright beat Kelly Slater in the
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Australian Owen Wright beat Kelly Slater in the final to win the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Australian Owen Wright takes in the accolade after
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Australian Owen Wright takes in the accolade after defeating USA's Kelly Slater in the final to win the final to win the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Australian Owen Wright raises his arms while getting
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Australian Owen Wright raises his arms while getting a ride to shore after defeating USA's Kelly Slater in the finals at the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Owen Wright of Australia raises his trophy above
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Owen Wright of Australia raises his trophy above his head after defeating USA's Kelly Slater in the finals at the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Australian surfer Adam Melling takes in a 7-foot
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Australian surfer Adam Melling takes in a 7-foot barrel wave in Heat 9, Round 2 to beat Matt Wilkinson 15.70 to 13.97 at the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 7, 2011)

Brett Simpson of the USA takes in his
Photo Credit: Kevin P Coughlin

Brett Simpson of the USA takes in his 12.93 - 11.20 win over fellow American Taylor Knox in Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 7, 2011)

Australian Kieren Perrow makes a brilliant recovery to
Photo Credit: Kevin P Coughlin

Australian Kieren Perrow makes a brilliant recovery to beat American surfer Cory Lopez, 13.17 to 12.50, in Round 2, Heat 6 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 7, 2011)

American surfer Cory Lopez goes airborne, but it
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American surfer Cory Lopez goes airborne, but it was not enough to beat Australian Kieren Perrow in Round 2, Heat 6 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 7, 2011)

Australian surfer Adam Melling catches a barrell wave
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Australian surfer Adam Melling catches a barrell wave in Round 2, Heat 9 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 7, 2011)

Australian surfer Matt Wilkinson, left, paddles and catches
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Australian surfer Matt Wilkinson, left, paddles and catches a wave against fellow countryman, Adam Mellin, right, in Round 2, Heat 9 of the Quiksilver Pro New York Surfing competition in Long Beach. (Sept. 7, 2011)

September 7, 2011--Austrailian surfer Matt Wilkinson soars through
Photo Credit: Photo by Kevin P Coughlin

September 7, 2011--Austrailian surfer Matt Wilkinson soars through the air and makes a great recovery, but it was not enough to beat fellow countryman, Adam Melling in Round 2, Heat #9 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach Wednesday September 7, 2011. (photo by Kevin P. Coughlin)

Fans vie for photos and autographs of surfer
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Fans vie for photos and autographs of surfer Kelly Slater after a stellar performance in Round 5 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Surfing fans take to the water for a
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Surfing fans take to the water for a better view of Round 4 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

A surfer heads out at sunrise on the
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A surfer heads out at sunrise on the National Boulevard beach before Rounds 3 and 4 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

The surfing crowd swells up on the National
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The surfing crowd swells up on the National Boulevard beach for the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach, as seen from the roof of the Allegria Hotel. (Sept. 8, 2011)

The surfing crowd swells up on the National
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The surfing crowd swells up on the National Boulevard beach for Round 4 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Jeremy Flores of France carves up a wave,
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Jeremy Flores of France carves up a wave, but it was not good enough to beat popular American surfer Kelly Slater in Round 5 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Kelly Slater performs an
Photo Credit: Kevin P Coughlin

Kelly Slater performs an "air-360" during a stellar performance in Round 5 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Austrailian Josh Kerr goes completely aerial on his
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Austrailian Josh Kerr goes completely aerial on his way to besting popular American surfer Kelly Slater in Heat 2 of Round 4 in the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Josh Kerr shreds a wave on his way
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Josh Kerr shreds a wave on his way to besting Kelly Slater in Heat 2 of Round 4 in the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Kelly Slater carves up a wave in Heat
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Kelly Slater carves up a wave in Heat 2 of Round 4 in the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Kelly Slater gets dumped off his board in
Photo Credit: Kevin P Coughlin

Kelly Slater gets dumped off his board in Heat 2 of Round 4 in the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Kelly Slater carves up a wave in Heat
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Kelly Slater carves up a wave in Heat 2 of Round 4 in the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. Slater dropped behind Austrailian Josh Kerr in the heat, but qualified for the 5th round. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Kelly Slater rides an overhead wave during a
Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Kelly Slater rides an overhead wave during a stellar performance in Round 5 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Austrailian Josh Kerr paddles in after besting popular
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Austrailian Josh Kerr paddles in after besting popular American surfer Kelly Slater in Heat #2 of Round 4 in the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Kelly Slater runs out of the ocean after
Photo Credit: Kevin P Coughlin

Kelly Slater runs out of the ocean after a stellar performance in Round 5 of the Quiksilver Pro New York 2011 Surfing championship in Long Beach. (Sept. 8, 2011)

A very elaborate tatoo was among the interesting
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

A very elaborate tatoo was among the interesting sites to behold at this year's Quicksilver Surfing Competition. (Sept. 5, 2011)

Pro surfers from left to right: Travis Logie
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Pro surfers from left to right: Travis Logie of South Africa, Matt Wilko of Australia, Bede Durbidge also of Australia, Jeremy Flores from Madagascar and Fred Patacchia Jr. of Hawaii. (Sept. 5, 2011)

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session
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Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session exhibition at Long Beach, Sept. 5, 2011.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session exhibition at Long Beach, Sept. 5, 2011.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session exhibition at Long Beach, Sept. 5, 2011.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session exhibition at Long Beach, Sept. 5, 2011.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session exhibition at Long Beach, Sept. 5, 2011.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session exhibition at Long Beach, Sept. 5, 2011.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session exhibition at Long Beach, Sept. 5, 2011.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session exhibition at Long Beach, Sept. 5, 2011.

Kids make lanyard bracelets at a crafts table
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Kids make lanyard bracelets at a crafts table set up on Long Beach during the Quicksilver Pro Surfing Competition. (Sept. 5, 2011)

Titus Kinimaka (left) and Mel Puu play a
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Titus Kinimaka (left) and Mel Puu play a tradional Hawaiian song during the blessing of the event ceremony kicking off the Quicksilver Surfing Competition, held this year for the first time on Long Beach. (Sept. 5, 2011)

A group of surfers stand in front of
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

A group of surfers stand in front of a traditional Hawaiian canoe adorned with leis during at ceremony kicking off the Quicksilver Surfing Competition. (Sept. 5, 2011)

Forty of the best surfers in the world
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Forty of the best surfers in the world have been invited to compete in the Quicksilver Pro Surfing Competition. (Sept. 5, 2011)

Long time surfer Mel Puu of Honolulu conducts
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Long time surfer Mel Puu of Honolulu conducts the traditional blessing of the event ceremony, which kicks off the start of the Quicksilver Surfing Competition held on Long Beach. (Sept. 5, 2011)

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Surfers show their stuff during the Expression Session exhibition at Long Beach, Sept. 5, 2011.

Brazilian surfer Jadson Andre takes to the waves
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Brazilian surfer Jadson Andre takes to the waves during practice time at the Quicksilver Pro Surfing Competition, being held on Long Beach. Andre is one of forty surfers invited to the event and has been surfing for twelve years. (Sept. 5, 2011)

Surfing fans at Long Beach watch the Quicksilver
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Surfing fans at Long Beach watch the Quicksilver Surfing competition. (Sept. 5, 2011)

A contestant at the Quiksilver qualifying round shows
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A contestant at the Quiksilver qualifying round shows his stuff while trying to get into the main tournament Sunday in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows
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A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows his stuff while trying to get into the main tournament Sunday in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows his stuff while trying to get into the main tournament Sunday in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows his stuff while trying to get into the main tournament Sunday in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows his stuff while trying to get into the main tournament Sunday in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows his stuff while trying to get into the main tournament Sunday in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows his stuff while trying to get into the main tournament Sunday in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

During the Quiksilver qualifying round for the final
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

During the Quiksilver qualifying round for the final spot in the tournament, Florida surfer Asher Nolan could not be beaten Sunday in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

During the Quiksilver qualifying round for the final
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During the Quiksilver qualifying round for the final spot in the tournament, Florida surfer Asher Nolan could not be beaten Sunday in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

A contestant of the Quiksilver qualifying round shows off his stuff during the Expression Session at the Beach in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

A young man looks at surfboards inside the
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A young man looks at surfboards inside the Quiksilver Pro shop set up right off the boardwalk in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

Folks flocked to Long Beach to watch the
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Folks flocked to Long Beach to watch the best surfers in the world compete in the Quiksilver Pro surf competition. (Sept. 4, 2011)

Photographers and spectators gathered on Long Beach to
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Photographers and spectators gathered on Long Beach to watch the best surfers in the world compete in the Quiksilver Pro. (Sept. 4, 2011)

Folks flocked to Long Beach to watch the
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Folks flocked to Long Beach to watch the best surfers in the world compete in the Quiksilver Pro. (Sept. 4, 2011)

Folks flocked to Long Beach today to watch
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Folks flocked to Long Beach today to watch the best surfers in the world compete in the Quiksilver Pro. (Sept. 4, 2011)

The Quiksilver Pro surf competition starts in Long
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The Quiksilver Pro surf competition starts in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

Spectators sit on the beach as the Quiksilver
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Spectators sit on the beach as the Quiksilver Pro surf competition begins in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

Spectators sit on the beach as the Quiksilver
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Spectators sit on the beach as the Quiksilver Pro surf competition begins in Long Beach. (Sept. 4, 2011)

A week after Tropical Storm Irene struck, Long
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A week after Tropical Storm Irene struck, Long Beach was able to clean up the beach. This permitted many to enjoy the beach for the Labor day Weekend, including those shopping in the Quiksilver surf store on the boardwalk. (Sept. 3, 2011)

A day before the Quiksilver Surf competition starts
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A day before the Quiksilver Surf competition starts in Long Beach, many came out to enjoy the beach. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Surfers with their boards on Long Beach. (Sept.
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Surfers with their boards on Long Beach. (Sept. 3, 2011)

A surfer participating in the Quiksilver Pro surfing
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A surfer participating in the Quiksilver Pro surfing tournament in Long Beach this week waits in the ocean for the right wave. (Sept. 3, 2011)

A surfer participating in the Quiksilver Pro surfing
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A surfer participating in the Quiksilver Pro surfing tournament is seen in silhouette as he carries his board out of the ocean to the beach. (Sept. 3, 2011)

A surfer in the Quiksilver Pro surfing tournament
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A surfer in the Quiksilver Pro surfing tournament practices in the ocean off Long Beach. (Sept. 3, 2011)

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