The Revolution was Facebooked (Internet Voices Save Quiksilver Pro)

Like the facebook and twitter revolutions during the Arab Spring, late last night, Long Beach had an awakening of its own.  Rumors started that the Quiksilver Pro was completely canceled.  Led by Unsound Surf and a bunch of facebookers, comments spread and a 9am protest was planned.  By 8am this morning, Unsound has said, the voices were heard and the event is fully on – though I’ll want to hear that from the City Manager himself.

Facebook pages, websites, and phone lines connected to the City of Long Beach exploded with angry comments and rage that after dealing with Irene, the City would then do something like this.

Voices were heard quickly – and the response was one of repression!!! (being dramatic).  Whoever admins the City of Long Beach’s facebook page started scrubbing it by 10PM – deleting all mentions of the 100s of posts freaking out about the cancellation.  For that bit of stupidity – deleting comments on a Facebook page that maybe 1000 people ever see – the City should be mocked endlessly.

A few fun comments from Facebook:

I was against this event from the beginning, that being said I think it is lame for the city to cancel this event with less than a week to go. I know they were thinking about re-election when they cancelled, but now they have pretty much guaranteed that they will be voted out!!! Hoo Ray Long Beach!! Fuck the republicans!!!!

I would like to know why the top news story on the citys website is that the beaches are open today , so everyone can come down and buy beach passes, but we can not have a surfing contest because it will bring people to the beach??????

Emmy Tyler Moore I certainly hope it is a rumor that the Quiksilver event is being canceled. This is a loss to the people and businesses of Long Beach and surrounding areas. I hope this is just a rumor and that the city is not that poorly run. It is an embarrassment if this is the case. KEEP THE QUIKSILVER EVENT ON!!!

Kevin Dunckley Are the residents of Long Beach paying to have someone sit around and delete our messages and silence our voices???

Jackie Sharkey I’ve heard from multiple sources that the city is cancelling the surfing event. Please dispel these as baseless rumors. I can’t imagine anyone in the city government could possibly be this short sighted. It would be not only a missed opportunity but an embarrassment for the city and its residents to back out so late in the day.

UnsOund Surf just announced (via their Facebook page) that the contest is back on, in it’s entirety. If this is so, then this town is OFFICIALLY back in my good graces! Seems Long Beach could actually be an old dog with some new tricks. Hope the evolution continues. :))

I think what’s most interesting thing about this whole comical episode (lasting less than 12 hours) was the tone.  On this blog, as well as on several other local news sites, the comments are almost always extremely negative about the Quiksilver Pro.  A poll of the comments on any surfpocalypse post yields dozens of residents fearing the drunks and youths running through the city, the noise, the crowds, and the damage to the parking situation.

Last night though, the internet lit up with the voices of support – that silent majority that actually seems to have been behind this event all along but never got involved in internet vent sessions.

Regardless of your feelings on the event, letting that foul mistress blow through town and then wreck this event would be a big black eye for Long Beach, and not at all fitting with this City’s character.

We’ll update with pictures from the Rally on National.  Build baby Build.

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7 thoughts on “The Revolution was Facebooked (Internet Voices Save Quiksilver Pro)”

  1. If they would have stuck to a serious Surfing Competition then they would not have had all of this protesting against it, but when they made it into a carnival, they upset a lot of people. This is what would have brought in all of the trouble makers, not the Surfing Competition . And I tend to agree, they didn’t need to upset the whole town with parking, mobs and what-not. As for the restaurants, well they will have to live with it. There is more to Long Beach than the restaurants profiting form our disruption. What about the comfort of the people who live here. As someone else said, this is not Coney Island, this is our home town.

  2. I’m not sure that there is enough interest in a surf competition with no additional entertainment. Especially in Long Beach when the waves are not cooperating (which will be likely half of the days allotted). I was psyched for having bands every night and rocking out to put a nice book-end on the summer.

    So the codger-y folks who were upset about “out-of-towners” (which is absolutely ridiculous living ON A BEACH) have probably scored a victory here. I’m just surprised that so many pensioners are on the internet (yes I am calling you old) and are browsing this site.

    I love Long Beach for what it is and in my short 3 years living here, in spite of all the horrible parking, rent being too damn high (looking at you Samson Management), and the inescapable gravity making it almost impossible to brave traversing one of the bridges and escaping every once in a while I accept it for what it is.

  3. Warran, would you just shut your piehole already? You are clearly one of the few people complaining, outnumbered by the many people who are FOR this whole thing. People are well aware that this isn’t Coney Island, they’re not stupid. Long Beach has long been a tourist town in the summer, so just because they bring a popular surfing event to our city doesn’t mean it’s going to be a lasting effect. Its for two weeks, get over it.

  4. Oh that was nice, no wonder they call you “CRAZY”

    I guess that you feel Warren isn’t allowed to state his opinion, only “CRAZY NUTS” like you can!

  5. EvPic If you love Long Beach, then you would want to keep it as it is, a nice place to live not a Zoo or a three ring circus for the trouble makers. If the plans stayed like it was, it would be like a Roman carnival. We don’t need to worry about pleasing the hotel,they have not shown any respect for the people who live here, so why should we worry about them?

    I for one am against this monstrosity! And for leaving our city a nice place to live in, to have fun in and to relax in when we want to.

  6. Warran you are probably right. There would have been more chaos in Long Beach. However there would also have been more security, more influx of $$, and a boom to local businesses and residents.

    Keep in mind.. Any positive attention (and this competition is positive attention) puts Long Beach in a good light. That means, people want to visit / live / vacation here. That means long term, higher home prices, more $$ on taxes, and a win for everyone.

    At this moment, we are known as the “hurricane town”. That doesn’t help anyone.

    One can’t live isolated from the rest of the world saying “This is my place and we should do nothing to change it”.

    Take a look on Park Ave. Many store vacancies, lower home prices, high taxes.. Long Beach (and many other places) could use a boom to their economy. Long Beach needs something exciting. IT isn’t going to happen on its own.

    Quicksilver wasn’t the total answer, but it was a help. Long term is could have been a huge help, and 10 days of a bit of frustration for years of more $$, higher home prices, lower taxes (more people coming to the beach paying $$) would helped all of us.

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