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.
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.
Photos from the construction follow:
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.