There is an interesting article in the New York Times written by Thad Ziolkowski regarding the Quiksilver Pro and surfing in New York. (NY TIMES: New York’s Urban Aloha). From the article, Thad writes:
In New York City, slipping off to ride waves virtually within view of granite Gotham provides a unique, slightly illicit, dreamlike pleasure. Surfing shouldn’t be possible here, and yet it is.
A little known fact: Long Beach isn’t New York City. Long Beach is on a barrier Island that faces the ocean. That’s like saying farming is impossible in New York, yet there are farms all across the east end of Long Island and Upstate NY. I have news for you people: NYC doesn’t represent all of NY. There are places outside of NYC where such things, such as surfing are possible.
I just find it funny how people in NYC find it so hard to believe that you can surf just outside the city. I lived in Manhattan and I think part of the problem is how disconnected you are from water or nature in general. Sure, Central Park is an amazing treasure trove of wild animals and trees, but in someways it feels like a fenced in zoo. No matter which way you walk – you will eventually hit a main road lined with tall buildings. Long Beach has an ocean that is not fenced in. We can swim to Europe of we want. (Please don’t try to do that).
Last summer some folks from Brooklyn visited me in Long Beach and they couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw our beach. “Wow, it’s a real beach with sand and waves!” were one of the comments. Yep, it’s a real beach and Long Island has a lot of them.
Sorry if I got a little bit off topic… Overall I think the Times article made some excellent points. I do agree with Thad when he writes:
Quiksilver is coming to town less for great surf than for greater market share.
It is all about the cash register and Quiksilver is trying to reach out to a market that could potentially be a cash cow. Long Beach, with its growing surf culture that is a train ride away from one of the biggest cities in the world, could just do that.