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.