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Live from the Beach (Quiksilver Pro Saturday Construction)

Down on the beach today between National and Magnolia, some work was still going on at the competition site.  Now without a lot of the heavy lifting done, it’s becoming clearer what each structure will be.  It’s like playing with legos – all the big containers are actually pre-built with window slots and doors for what will be their eventual purpose.

The top picture was first a bunch of shipping containers stacked and has now taken shape.  It will be used for the judges and commentators.  The blue is actually just protectant films over plexiglass.  I’m not sure if they will fill in the hole in the middle with stuff – more cameras – or just a big sponsor’s banner.

Here’s what will be the camera station for video and still shooting.  I’m curious if they will demolish the lifeguard mound On August 31st to make more room – and make sure shots aren’t blocked.  My guess – yes they will.  Does anyone remember from previous summers when they demolish the mounds across the beach?

This guy – what originally looked like a big ass dance floor – has now gotten some containers and a tent put on top.  This will be the athletes “green room” of sorts.  The wood panels are likely protecting windows behind them (like the one with the blue film already exposed).  This area will have video feeds of the competition so the competitors can watch and get ready before heats.  Also they will store many of the competitors surfboards and gear.  Eventually a ramp will come out from the door on the left and lead down to the water.

What’s it looking like down at the Live Site and between Edwards and Riverside?  Where I was today, the crowds were not bad and there wasn’t any problems related to the construction eating up the beach.  But when I looked east, the beach was absolutely packed.  I’m sure there must be people butting up against the platforms and other do-dads.

Without a doubt, construction is in high gear and Quiksilver is making it look like they know what they’re doing.  The next drama will be when the City of Long Beach catches up.  Anyone remember that whole “parking pass” thing?  Well, we’ve made calls and will update you on the hilarity Monday.

Hustle and Bustle for the Quiksilver Pro (Mega Build Update)

(Update 1:30PM: A keen-eyed reader noticed this platform on the beach between Edwards and Riverside knocks out courts 1-9 for the summer volleyball leagues.  The leagues have weeks left to play as well.  I’ve emailed Evolutions Volleyball to see what their plan is)

Following up on yesterday’s construction update, and what will likely be continually followed up as the build enters a more frantic pace, a reader sent in these photos of construction all over the beach and Live Site.  The Quiksilver Pro is coming to town.  Hide yo kids, hide yo wife.

Also, several (if not all) beach pass booths have gotten a much needed new paint job – actually sticker wrap.  I’ve got to say they look awesome.

To the user JS5257, it appears they are using the entrance at Pacific as a staging area.  I watched a large truck bringing down huge pieces of steel girder from Pacific to the site on National.  So, I would say it doesn’t appear they are building anything at the East End yet (though correct me if you see otherwise).

I’m still curious how much of this platform will remain level as the sea rises.  Even during normal high tide/full moon cycles, this stretch of beach can get washed-out, and I believe we have one coming in a few days.

Please continue to send in photos of the construction progress if you see something neat going on around town.

Construction at the Live Site and SUPERBLOCK

 

Booth at Edwards

Above construction at the SUPERBLOCK

Building at National

Cranes on the beach

More fun in the sand

More trucks playing on the beach

The base of the platform

 

 

 

Surfpocalypse Builds on the Beach (Quiksilver Pro Update)

Update: Panoramic photo of the beach flooded out below

A reader armed with a digital camera sent in this update today on the new phase of construction that started for the Quiksilver Pro.

He said two monster 18-wheelers showed up on National Blvd today and unloaded a “ton” of equipment in the parking strip usually used by the lifeguards.  He sends in this great series showing the construction down on the beach.

This is the same crew and the same sort of platform that they put together over at the SUPERBLOCK for the Live Site.

These platforms will be used for the announcers, judges, and media during the competition.  The main break will be at National, but the competition brochure, which can be picked up from any of the City’s surf shops, says that Laurelton and Pacific will be used as backups.

It seems everyday a new part of the project is going up.  What else will the coming weeks bring?

I have noticed one thing though.  The hope during the competition is that a Hurricane comes close – like what happened with Earl or Igor last fall.  They create epic swells that the pros will love.  From the position that they are building the platform at though, if we get a hurricane swell, it will likely be underwater.  I’ve added in this photo from Earl last year showing one of the lifeguard towers submerged – which is approximately at the same distance from the water as where the platform is.

Hurricane Earl filling in the beach (Sept 2010)

Photos from the construction follow:

Construction underway

From the boardwalk at National

Stacks of platforms – sort of like beach tetris

A lonely security guard keeping the peace

Update: Another reader agreed that the beach is often washed away in high surf.  He sent over this incredible panoramic from a storm in 2007 that brought water through the boardwalk at National.

Live Site Construction Update (Under the Gun, Under the Sun)

 

UPDATE 8/7: On Saturday, crews were back and finished the huge first section of platform, and have begun a second section.  The second section starts halfway down the boardwalk next to the metal rail, and is actually being built some 8 feet above the boardwalk (higher than the metal rail).  Are they working in the rain today?  Please post below.

As the buzz builds towards Surfpocalypse,  I rolled past the Live Site on the SUPERBLOCK and was blown away by the progress.  I talked to a few of the workers and snapped some photos of it.  Following up on this post, it turns out they did indeed get the job done with only two trucks, and are now fast at work leveling out the remaining sand and building the decking that will go to the boardwalk.

According to the construction workers, the decking will run 120 feet from the boardwalk towards broadway.  It is level with the boardwalk and will serve as a platform for tents and will also be the entry point into the Live Site.  The guys said it will “go most of the way” down the boardwalk “with a few breaks.”  They were working fast, and had all sorts of gizmos to help level the platforms.  They said the whole project will take 2-3 weeks, but that likely includes other jobs, because they were making fast progress.

Farther down the boardwalk by Riverside, I got the scoop that they are not removing the remaining concrete – that will stay, but is now exposed and dug out.  So for all those history buffs out there, there will remain some of the WWII defenses for some time on the SUPERBLOCK.

Now the last bit of news I got from the very nice construction dudes was that the SUPERBLOCK lot to the east of Riverside will be where the stage is built for concerts.  This fits into the map outlined by Quiksilver, but also better confirms the location of the stage for the concerts.

While I was there, I happened to start talking to a gentleman on a bike who lives on Lafeyette named Dave. He was curious about the competition and what was going on the site.  To paraphrase his response to the cleanup, he said “good riddance” and saw it as a sign of progress for an area that has not had any real development in years.  I’ve got to say, I agree with him and with all these pieces moving, am getting more excited about the event.

Some additional photos follow.

It’s one big game of legos and Jenga putting the platform in

With all sorts of buzzy gizmos, they place, level, and set the platform ahead of the event

 

Showing some detail on the legs – let’s hope they packed that sand!

Looking east, showing both the leveled sand, and the remaining concrete

Looking west, showing the leveled site, still under construction