Where there are waves, one can surf. And it just so happens that (more often than you’d think) real waves do indeed crash upon the shores of New York City.
One week late last summer, they crashed bigger than usual near Long Beach, N.Y., a strip of sand just a few miles from JFK International Airport. Hurricane Irene was the culprit, and it forced event organizers to cancel the concerts and dry games scheduled to take place during the first ever Quiksilver Pro New York.
But the surfing contest played on. And on the final day, competitors including Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, and Josh Kerr paddled into waves measured overhead in search of a whopping $300,000 grand prize.
Local filmmakers Patrick Cummings and E.J. McLeavey-Fisher captured the event via film. In April, they will release a 15-minute documentary called “Stacked” — named after Balaram Stack, a local surfer who earned a wild-card seed at the event.
Check out the trailer above and keep an eye out for the full doc in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, this may be your last and best chance to see big names surfing for big money off the coast of America’s biggest city. Last December, Quiksilver decided to pull the plug on the Quiksilver Pro New York for 2012.