If They Build It (Will You Come)

With all the construction going on at National Blvd and elsewhere on the beach, a lot of people are asking, “so what are they building?”

I looked through two previous Quiksilver Pro events (in France and Australia) and have some photos of what the spectator/judging/press complex looked like.  Now, there’s no reason to assume what they are building here is identical, but this should give you an idea of what it may look like.

The top photo is of the setup during 2010’s Hossegor, France event.  The below are from February’s Gold Coast Australia event.

 

photos courtesy ASP/Quiksilver

 

Finally this shot is from the much larger Nike U.S. Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach this last weekend.

Photo courtesy Nike U.S. Open

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13 thoughts on “If They Build It (Will You Come)”

  1. Let em go, all 100,000 of them, let em throw bottles and pee in the streets, and shout filthy things and wake you up at 1:00 in the morning, let em see beer and booze and all kinks of crap that will make em drunk, let em fight with each other and with innocent bystanders, let em filthy up our streets and Only God know what else.
    If you what to go, then go. I know that I won’t go…..

  2. That can take Quicksilver and stick it where the Sun don’t shine for all that I care.

    In fact, I which that they would.
    I live right across the street on East B’way and for me and my fellow residents, it’s noting but a pain in the arse. And it hasn’t even begun yet. I can hardly wait…. Not!

  3. Sorry for the typo.

    That can take Quicksilver and stick it where the Sun don’t shine for all that I care.

    In fact, I wish that they would.
    I live right across the street on East B’way and for me and my fellow residents, it’s noting but a pain in the arse. And it hasn’t even begun yet. I can hardly wait…. Not!

    It reminds of the Lehigh Township Country Fair Circus Country

  4. The kind of crowd that will be coming here will be up to no good.
    This time it won’t be just hundreds, it will be thousands. And in the thousands we can expect hundreds of trouble seekers.
    I just hope that the amount of police will be adequate and they will keep these hoodlums controlled. Because you can bet your last dollar they will be looking for trouble.

  5. Well, it IS a Traveling Show/Circus, comes with all the trimmings for what it’s worth. Long Beach is a train stop and a bus stop, both bringing in outsiders – they will be the bulk of people coming in for the show. Most residents will just live their daily lives while the show goes on.

    This event spans many days, waiting for optimum waves, many people will be coming and going. You will NOT find one huge crowd of 100,000 people gathering on the beach, firework events barley draw that. The pictures accompanying this article shows what 2-3000 bodies, and that would be the most at any given time.

    Pray for 2 solid days of surf right off the bat,if it happens, the show will just pack up and leave, just like that.

  6. Is it exciting, yes. Is the concept of bringing Long Beach onto the Map, questionable – meaning do we need the revenue opportunity – YES!But, let’s be realistic here… Long beach barely manages our infrastructure as it is. Fireworks or a minor fendor bendor can result in the most absurd and incompetent traffic routings imaginable. This is something that was not well thought out AND did not allow for any input from the residents who will be inconvenienced by not being able to get in and out, (If traffic allows, let’s see what happens when you move your car) park or otherwise enjoy their own city. Especially the last official Holiday weekend of “OUR” summer!!! The city definately bit off more than they can chew, with this being a small barrier island with limited egress and entrance, no real lodging anywhere and an infrastructure that just simply cannot handle this. It will be a hard lesson learned and at our expense I am sorry to say.
    Oh, and there will be fights – Let me come home after a 9+ hour workday and 1 1/2 hour commute and see that I have to leave my car somewhere in Oceanside and cab it home to just get up and do the reverse a few hours later and see if a few tires aren’t slashed.

  7. Also, if you find the published photo intimidating, you should have a look at the 2010 open in California… I am sorry to say that Long Beach has seriously underestimated what they are in for.
    Unfortunately I am not able to post this photo.

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