The Quiksilver Pro is starting momentarily, and having any idea what’s actually going to happen is a mystery.
The most recent confirmed info says that A) the Live Site is done – the concerts, food, BMX/Skate/MotoX demos – while the surf event itself will still go on.
Residents should remember the Quiksilver Pro New York also includes events in New York City that are unaffected, like a Tony Hawk Vert Jam, The Art of Flight snowboard film premiere – which looks amazing – and various other things around the greater area.
Then, I watched as Quiksilver began building again last night and this morning. The original surf site was at National Blvd, and construction there was nearly finished before the storm hit, so I have a pretty good idea of how that was supposed to look. Now though, as they reconstruct, they’ve spread out and brought elements from the Live Site – with a platform that looks like the same one that housed the massive merch stand, as well as the Roxy Beach House.
This leads me to speculate that Quiksilver has made the decision that if they can’t have the Live Site, they will rebuild elements of that zone on the beach instead. Take that City Manager. Many of the events scheduled to occur were meet and greets with the athletes, poster signings, and just “milling about” sort things. Not the sort of event that necessarily needed the use of the SUPERBLOCK, just some tents and equipment.
(Note the pink container that will be the Roxy Beach House, originally planned in the Live Site)
Because I have nowhere else to put this, has anyone just suggested the bands use the mobile stages that the City uses for the concerts held all summer? Those work great and when a concert is on the beach, the crowd can easily spread out. Security could be posted in the same way it was planned for in the Live Site.
Now of course, I’m led to speculate because repeated phone calls and emails get no response. Shockingly like in the months that led up to this event. The number one frustration through this entire process has been the lack of transparency. The City should been stayed out front during this year-long process and explain what is going on, and the residents will make sense of it. To note a few examples: the resident parking crisis that was left to the last minute; Alcohol sales – here, then scrapped at the last minute with seemingly no input or explanation; The concert times, originally ending at 9pm, then changed – or simply not made clear – to 6-7pm.
At this point, the only way we will be able to confirm anything about these events will be after they occur. We’ll be getting our media credentials shortly, so look forward to all sorts of continued surfpocalypse coverage.