Clearing Up the Contract Question (Quiksilver, City of Long Beach, and the ASP)

Any conversation about the Quiksilver Pro – beyond discussing the great waves, fun, and parking headache – inevitably brings up the supposed “contract” that exists between the City of Long Beach and Quiksilver.  I myself have discussed the subject before.

I’ve often been asked “is the City locked into a three-year contract?”  Or other formulations of the same question.  Now that I finally have a all the info I can set the record straight once and for all.

The players

Quiksilver – Surf company based out of California

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) – Governing body for competitive surfing internationally

City of Long Beach – A sandy stretch of paradise an hour from NYC

The Facts

The major surf companies (Quiksilver, Hurley, Billabong) vie to be the title sponsor for the ASP’s World Championship Tour (WCT) events (11 scheduled this year).  Quiksilver (or any of the title sponsors) contracts with the ASP for the rights to a specific location’s event.  Every year, the ASP works to pick the best venues for their so-called “dream tour,” so some years, new locations are added, others are dropped.

Quiksilver landed a three-year contract with the ASP in January of this year to hold an “East Coast” event somewhere during the September window.  Quiksilver then approached Long Beach to host the ASP event.  The City worked with Quiksilver and Quiksilver received a permit, not a contract, to hold the event, which ran from the 1st to the 15th of September.

To summarize, the only contract that exists is between Quiksilver and the ASP for an “East Coast” event.  Quiksilver then worked with Long Beach to receive permitting to hold the event here for this year only.  Please help dispel any rumors to the contrary.

What’s Next

Now, with the success of this year’s event, Quiksilver – and many if not most in Long Beach – are excited about bringing the party back next September.  What will start soon is the back and forth between Quiksilver and the City over permitting for the 2012 event.  The City Manager, Charles Theofan, has promised a more transparent process this year which will work more closely with the residents to make sure everybody’s concerns are dealt with month’s before – not in the days preceding the event.

And now we’re all caught up.

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12 thoughts on “Clearing Up the Contract Question (Quiksilver, City of Long Beach, and the ASP)”

  1. “You dont”??? No explanation why? Care to share some feeling about why not? I never had trouble parking and actually got spots in front of the Allegria on two occasions. Bring it back it was a fun two weeks and went relatively smooth. No complaints here!!

  2. Sorry , but I agree with the Nay Sayers, this was a “A ruined summer” for me and many others like myself. yes in a way it was “ruined”, It was ruined by the mess, the noise, the crowds, the traffic, the smell of the port-a-poties.. And yes as he also said, if you pass by or look out of my window, this MESS and NOISE is STILL going on today. This morning a 7:00 AM the trucks are already there making noise and beeping their beepers already

    Will this ever end?

    City Manager, please take notice of this!!!!! And DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AGAIN

  3. Well yes, I also live around there, I live in the building on Broadway at Edwards, One East B’way. And I see and hear that the mess alday and I did all summer long. I had to live with the noise, the crowds, the traffic, and as someone else said, the smell of the port-a-poties.. And yes as he also said, if you pass by or look, you’ll see it’s still there right now Today! The other person is correct Every morning a 7:00 AM we see and hear the trucks making noise and beeping their beepers and the garbage trucks and the dumpsters. There is no end to it all.
    And yes this was going on ALL summer long, the use of our terrace was ZERO. We were not able to use it all summer long.
    Will this ever end?
    So I agree, and I plea to the City Manager, please take heed of this!!!!! And DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AGAIN

  4. Part of having a terrace on Broadway is dealing with noise, traffic,etc. The other part is having a wonderful view from an outdoor space. Thankfully, the majority of the people chose to embrace this event and look forward to next year when everyone can learn from their mistakes. As Maya Angelou once said, “When we know better, we do better.”

  5. I’d love to see it come back but it would be better if they were a little fairer in dealing with the merchants in Long Beach. Would be a lot better than Dover Foods automatically “buying” their way in with contributions. I think a lottery would be fair with any LB food establishment that want to be involved entering, and then select some establishments that way. Would be nice to see some of us actually FROM Long Beach get to be involved instead of a food conglomerate that’s not even from around here.

  6. Your blog doesn’t give the whole truth. Fact is, LB could have made hundreds of thousands on the event in PROFITS, that could be used to repair our boardwalk, not just overtime pay for City employees who we will laterhave to pay inflated pensions to because of this overtime. The whole truth is, that Sofield Jr., a personal injury lawyer, and Sofield Sr, an acting police commissioner, took it on themselves to hold secret negotiations with Quiksilver, and they missed the opportunity to make real income for LB. They are incompetent and have to go. Its time for a change!!!!!

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