Did you miss the unsOund Right Coast Cup? Watch the video! [LongBeachNY.tv]

Long Beach NY.tv posted a video of the unsOund Right Coast Cup. I am so glad they did, because I was stuck at work and missed the entire event!

Check out the video for footage of the competition, Dave Juan, co-owner of unsOund Surf on Hurricane Leslie and swells, Event coordinator Darren Brilhart on hope for Quiksilver Pro for 2013 and Surfer Travis Beckman on Long Beach waves – “for the east coast, it’s pretty darm good.”

Watch the video @ LongBeachNY.tvExclusive: 2012 UnsOund Surf’s Right Coast Cup by Quiksilver.


unsOund Right Coast Cup [Full Recap by BoardshortReport.com]

(Blake Jones winning the cup with Don Juan of unsOund & Pro Surfer Gabe King. Photo courtesy of BoardshortReport.com)

Raymond of local Long Beach surfing blog BoardshortReport.com was kind enough to share this update and photos on the unsOund Right Coast Cup, which took place in our city by the sea, Long Beach, NY. Go to Boardshortreport.com for more stuff and visit them on Facebook where you will find a ton more photos: facebook.com/BoardshortReport

unsOund Right Coast Cup

The annual unsound surf contest took place September 5-6th. Unlike the Quiksilver Pro of 2011 the Unsound right coast cup 2012 was made up of junior pros competing for $20,000 in prize money. Founded by the owners of Unsound Surf shop, Dave Juan and Mike Nelson have been holding surf contests in Long Beach for years.  The cup is co-sponsered by Quiksilver, Zico Coconut water and Red Bull.

The cup consist of five rounds and started with 41 competitors including local boys Balaram Stack (Unsound & Quiksilver rider), TJ Gumiela, and Leif Engstrom (NY Sea rider). Leif and Balaram coasted through the first 3 round while TJ was eliminated in the first round.

The contest was a new format of SKINS. Winners of each heat from each round won money. So the winner of the first 12 heats (made up of 3 or 4 contestants) got $250, while the 12 second places finishers just got to move to the 2nd round. The 8 heat winners from the second round (3 contestants) got $450 each while second place got to move on. The third round winner got $550, second went home. The quarter finals were worth $750, the semis $900 and the final winner got $2000!   There was also a prize for the biggest air of the contest that went to Leif with a score of 8.0 while Andrew Gessler got the prize for best barrel of the event.  Both got $500

Thursday saw giants waves that were over head through out most of the contest until the early afternoon. The waves died out and the second half of the contest was moved to Friday morning.  Balaram the goofy footer and local hero had a huge advantage in the third round and quarter finals destroying his competition each time. Patience was the key to Friday’s part of the contest.  Waves were few and far between as the day went on. For our local boy Balaram, he just couldn’t find the right waves and couldn’t get to his feet under him after launching into the air on some big waves. Balaram finished third taking home a total of $1800, not bad for a surfer that just turned 21 this week.

The final was an all Florida battle of friends and travel mates Gabe King and Blake Jones. Gabe had dominated Blake all year but the Unsound Right Coast Cup was Blake time to shine.  Both started off strong and were nearly tied through the first 20 minutes of the 30 minute heat. But then Blake pulled away scoring 8’s and high 7’s to take a commanding lead over Gabe. In the end Blake won the cup and over $4500 and was showered in Red Bull and Corona from fellow surfers as he accepted his trophy.

Dave and Mike from Unsound know how to put on a great surf contest. We should all thank them and hopefully this successful Cup will encourage the Quiksilver Pro to come back to Long Beach next year. Unsound Right Coast Cup t-shirts, posters and Quiksilver gear was available on the boardwalk and are always available at Unsound Surf shop and the Quiksilver store in Oceanside.!

You can visit Boardshortreport.com’s facebook site to see the whole contest.  There are over 1000 action shots from the contest.  Check them out and like them at facebook.com/BoardshortReport and there regular site Boardshortreport.com for blog on all surf related news.

Quiksilver (sort of) returning to Long Beach … sort of [LB Herald]

(Photo taken by SuperClearyPhoto – Tropical Depression Alberto comes to Long Beach, NY on 5-22-2012)

The Long Beach Herald is running a story on Quiksilver making a return to Long Beach this September (sort of). In his article titled Quiksilver returning to Long Beach … sort of, Anthony Rifilato writes:

[quote]Sixty-four of the best surfers on the East Coast will vie for $20,000 in prize money in the Unsound surf shop’s Right Coast Cup competition in Long Beach next month.

The event is being presented by Quiksilver, exactly a year after the city hosted the East Coast’s largest and most lucrative surfing event, the Quiksilver Pro New York. It attracted roughly 100,000 spectators to Long Beach to watch the world’s best surfers compete.

The two-day Unsound event, which has a five-day window from Sept. 5 to 9, comes at the peak of hurricane season, as did last year’s contest.[/quote]

This is not part of the ASP tour, so it won’t be of the same magnitude as last years Quiksilver Pro, but according to the article, there will be “Quiksilver merchandise, a Roxy surf camp for women, surfing demonstrations and more.” Hey, what about surfing legend Kelly Slater?

[quote]“It’s bragging rights to who’s the best surfer on the East Coast,” Juan said.

Added (Unsound’s Luke Watson), “You never know with Kelly. If there’s a swell on the East Coast, he might sign up.”[/quote]

Kelly Slater is from Cocoa Beach, Florida. Last time I checked, that is part of the East Coast.

Head over the Long Beach Herald for the full article: Quiksilver returning to Long Beach … sort of (August 22, 2012)

unsOund surf’s 3rd Annual Art Show & Benefit Auction

Please join us Saturday, May 5th from 5-9pm at unsOund Surf, to celebrate their 15 Year Anniversary and 3rd Annual Art Show and Benefit Auction.

Proceeds to benefit Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) and The Tommy Brull Foundation. Featuring Richard Phillips, John Coopwood, Mike Nelson, Matt Clark, Ashley Juan, Brandon Fyfe, Ryan Rochford, Jack Brull, David Gonville, Ely Key, Matthew Bowers, R1 Studios and many more! – Art Show & Silent Auction – Live Music – Raffle and giveaways – $5 suggested donation at the door; includes drink ticket & food (Located at 359 E Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY).

About B4BC- B4BC (Boarding for Breast Cancer) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to providing education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large. Through grassroots events, year-round educational outreach and the Survivorship Fund, B4BC is able to further its mission of promoting early detection + a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention. To learn more, visit www.B4BC.org

About The Tommy Brull Foundation- The Tommy Brull Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity whose mission is to raise money to benefit people and organizations dedicated to serving people with physical, mental, and emotional challenges in Nassau and Suffolk counties. To learn more, visit http://tommybrullfoundation.org/ For more information about the event, call the shop at (516) 889-1112 or e-mail info@unsoundsurf.com

Photos from this morning’s “Victory Gathering” at National Blvd.

I went to check out the gathering at 9am this morning and took a bunch of photos. I was only able to stay for a half hour due to work constraints. I also took some photos of the Quiksilver/ Superblock/ Foundation Block site where not much was going on.  All photos are taken by Anthony (That’s me). Click on the photos for larger images.


This was @ 9am on the dot.


The crowd starting building up around 9:10am, but nothing was organized. At most, I would say there were at least 50+ people.


Work on fixing the lifeguard station has started (see the youtube video for explanation if you haven’t seen it yet).Surfers enjoying the surf in the background.


Around 9:15ish, At this point I heard rumblings of a smaller gathering over at Kennedy Plaza, but I needed to leave for work soon, so if anybody can chime in on that please do so.


This was around 9:30am. At this point, the crowd started to get smaller. I have something called work that I needed to get to, so I left.


The following photos are of the Quiksilver Pro site at the superblock/foundation block. Not much going on there. I was hoping to run into a security guard or anybody to get some info, but I didn’t even find that. I took this photos at around 9:35am this morning, so I am not sure if things have change since then.



UPDATE: Around 10:30 a mini press conference was held

(Photo courtesy creamsicle bike-rider)

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.

Unsound Surf Shop art show

Last Sunday, May 1, Unsound Surf Shop held an art show and auction of artwork by local artists and photographers.  The event was attended by over 300 people throughout the evening and raised about $1,600 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Tommy Brull Foundation.  Even Red Bull was in attendance to show their support.

The photographers and artists showed about 55 pieces, 33 were sold during the auction.  There was a two-way tie for the highest selling piece of art, both works, one by Richard Phillips and the other by Donald Cresitello, sold for $250.

Show organizer and Unsound co-owner, Mike Nelson, said that they might make the show and auction an annual event.  All in all, a great turnout to a locally-grown event.

The Tommy Brull Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to raise funds to benefit people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities in our community.  Founded in 1970, JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes.  It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.  The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

— Mike Caruso, the writer, is the founder of Evergreen Sessions, and bought his first board, a 6’4″ Sharp Eye at Unsound in 1999.

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Article – Local surfers to compete in shadows of New York City

This article is from the Press of Atlantic City which is a New Jersey news site, but it mentions surfing in Long Beach, NY. I thought I’d pass it along.

From the article: The city of Long Beach, just outside of Queens, has a year-round population of surfing fans, a metro train station, and high-rise apartment buildings that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Read more @ Local surfers to compete in shadows of New York City