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Quiksilver Pro NY 2011 Talking to the pros on a practice day

By Andrew Berlin
Correspondent Long Beach

Christobal De Col (Peru)

Yesterday Saturday September 3th was a day of practice, the contest site was still getting its finishing touches and it was a perfect day to see some of the pros in the surf without the crowds. One might think that the pro's are unavailable or have attitudes of greatness, well, exactly the opposite.

Just going inside the Allegria Hotel, headquarter of the event, Taj Burrow happened to be hanging out there. We couldn't help but to greet him and wish him luck – He's been trying for a world title for his whole career and has gotten close, but like so many others, gets outdone by Kelly Slater - and he kindly shacked our hands and said "thanks mate".

At the beach, we ran into the young star Clay Marzo (hawaii) who is one of the favorites for the last wildcard spot. Marzo is a sufferer of Asperger Syndrome, Aspergers is a form of autism and people with Aspergers often display intense interests, in Clays case it is surfing. Clay is heavily involved with the Surfers Healing organization www.surfershealing.org.

Also competing for the wildcard is Christobal De Col (Peru) who has been to Costa Rica to Salsa Brava wave a few times. He said he would love to go back to Costa Rica and surf with local surfer and friend Gilberth Brown. De Col's home wave is a wave called Organos in Northern Peru.

We noticed CJ Hobgood as well going for practice surf. CJ is in the contest and is from Florida so he should be very happy to be competing on the East Coast of the USA after having to take planes to the other parts of the world, he finally get to jump into a 2 hrs flight. Another surfer here from Florida is Jeremy Johnston who told us of his friend now living and shaping boards in Costa Rica under the brand Wooster Surfboards.

Just before they paddled out we got to say hello to Adriano De Souza (Brasil) , currently ranked 4th in the world, and his friend also on tour Heitor Alves (Brasil). Adriano has been to Costa Rica before to Hermosa and Tamarindo and he knows pro surfer Carlos Munoz, when asked why he believes none of the Costa Ricans are on the world tour he simply replied "don't worry, its coming! Patience you will see".

One spot left in the contest
Today Sunday the 4th is the Wildcard Trials for the last spot in the contest sponsored by local surf shop Unsound.. As with all Association of Surfing Professionals events, there are two wildcards selected to mix it up with the world's Top 34 ranked surfers. And this is where it really gets interesting. The two wildcards are always immediately drawn against the two top seeds of the event. That sounds like a good deal for the top seeds, but as often as not, the youthful ambition and nothing-to-lose mentality of a wildcard can prove to be the undoing of a champion.

Long beach local Balaran Stack has secured one wildcard already, so today is the big day for just one of the 16 surfers competing for their chance at the million dollar prize money. Stay tuned as we bring you more and Hurricane Katia's swell grows near.

Titus, Hawaian legend Titus Kinimaka left, is here to catch the action
Local girls attending the free Roxy surf clinic.
Long Beach from Above. Photo Credit Quiksilver.
Local police spectate as preparations are made for the Quicksilver Pro New
York surf tournament
Brazilian Adriano De Souza just before going into the water in Long Beach,
September 3th.
Quicksilver merch. Photo Credit Quiksilver.


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