Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight on Long Beach & the Future (of holding the event in LB, not the future in general – like flying cars and teleportation)

UPDATE: I just noticed this article was posted on Long Beach Current, so I’ll send them a shout out:  https://www.facebook.com/LBCurrent

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With the help of Google, I uncovered an interview of Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight that was conducted in early October – about a month after the Long Beach event. Some of this could be old news, but McKnight had a lot to say about having the event here again and other good stuff. You can read the entire interview here, but I am going to highlight some important quotes. (Transworld Business – The Corner Office: Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight)

Will Quiksilver hold the event in New York again?

The short answer is I don’t know, and the reason for that is we have a three-year contract with ASP and certainly there are a lot of hiccups and back and forth with the city and we had the hurricane……

…I can’t say yes and I can’t say no: it’s one of those we will just have to wait and see. We won’t know for a few months, but just the thought that everyone was asking us if we were coming back means that it was a successful event.

In dealing with Long Beach & the festival cancellation:

There is an article on ESPN that says that in the midst of all these festivals and Lollapalooza and that kind of environment that we hyped, it was a really funny thing because the surf event broke. They wrote about how fantastic it really was, which really put us in a spotlight of surfing, which was where it was supposed to be in the first place. Because of all that there’s some fall out that we need to deal with for the next several months and therefore the city really needs to cooperate with us.

When asked about Long Beach and the Retail Tent:

The thing that makes us most proud about that beach store is that we gave a really nice discount to the locals. It’s all about bringing the spirit of aloha to New York. We respect the locals, sort of the middle class, grounded core surf town.

On Long Beach Feedback:

For sure the residents love us, for sure the general population just loves us and wants us to come back. Over 200 people stopped me, [about the contest]— people in restaurants, bars, on the boardwalk or wherever.

Hiccups with the City? The City really needs to cooperate? hmm, sounds like the negotiates weren’t exactly smooth sailing.. Again, read the full article over at Transworld Business. Bob McKnight, if you are reading this, WE WANT YOU BACK!

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  1. Slighly off-topic, but related to surfing. Skudin Surf has sent out an email blast urging the surfer community to vote for the Coalition. I have no problem with that, but as a member of the surfing community, in my view and the view of many surfers I know, surfers have interests that should be advanced no matter who is in power and I have every reason to believe that whoever is in power will work with the surfer community. And to be clear, the non-colation members of the existing City Council have not worked against the surfer community, nor have the candidates. Like, the coaltion, they have expressed the same desire to work with surfers. So surfer friends, vote on other issues, not who’s going to be “better” for surfers.

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