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Quiksilver surfing contest to return to LI

Balaram Stack was eliminated in Round 2 of

Balaram Stack was eliminated in Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro in Long Beach. (Sept. 6, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Despite a tropical storm that canceled much of this year's event, the Quiksilver Pro New York surfing contest will be back in Long Beach next year.

The Association of Surfing Professionals released its 2012 schedule this week, putting the competition on Long Island from Sept. 2-14. It will be one of 11 world title contests, along with those in Fiji, Hawaii, Brazil and other beach areas.

The schedule doesn't identify Long Beach, but ASP North America spokesman Bobby Shadley said the city will be the location for the contest with $1 million in prize money.

"Long Beach is a new, exciting area to bring professional surfers to," Shadley said. "The feedback was very positive."

Representatives of Quiksilver, which has a three-year sponsorship contract with the surfing association to hold an East Coast event, didn't return calls and emails seeking comment.

"I hope they do come next year," City Manager Charles Theofan said. Quiksilver, which manages the competition and associated festival, and coordinates with host cities, has not contacted Long Beach officials about the 2012 event, Theofan said.

The city hosted this year's event Sept. 4 to 9. It was scheduled to run nearly two weeks, with four days dedicated to the professional competition and the rest to include other surfing events, concerts and other entertainment. But damage from Tropical Storm Irene days earlier forced the cancellation of the festival and concerts.

Charles Christensen, owner of Duke Falcon's Global Grill in Long Beach, said he was satisfied with the short-lived economic boost from the contest, but was disappointed by the cancellation of the festival.

"Everyone is hoping that this time there aren't any glitches and the communication between all parties is better, and we can do the event in a larger scale," Christensen said.

This year's event attracted more than 100,000 people, including repeat spectators, a spokeswoman for Quiksilver has said.

"Having it here for the second time would show the city as the capital of surfing on the East Coast," Theofan said. "Hopefully this could lay the groundwork for it to be a yearly event."

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