9/9/11: Contest is over. Congratulations to Owen Wright for taking out Kelly Slater and winning the final in offshore, pumping Long Beach lefts! Owen had Slater needing a combination of two very high scores within about five minutes of the beginning of the final.  Julian Wilson made the quarters but fell short against eventual event champion Owen Wright.

9/8/11: Round 3 and 4. Waves improved a lot today. Julian Wilson and Brett Simpson had a great heat in round 3 on their Mayhem shaped boards with Julian getting the nod. Julian ended up taking out Freddy P in round 5 and is now in the quarter-finals. It was a bummer to see CJ Hobgood fall off tour today. He’s one of the best all around surfers in the world today and always a pleasure to watch. Most of the top 5 lost today so now Kelly is smelling blood. He made it into the quarter-finals riding a 5 fin set up today. Josh Kerr went crazy in the three man heats and will meet Kelly in the quarters tomorrow.

9/7/11: Round 2 and part of round 3 completed. Some people won, some people lost and then there was this…

Julian Wilson flying to the quarter finals on his Mayhem shape. Photo: Jeremiah Klein SURFLINE.COM.

Julian giving the crowd a good show. Photo: Jeremiah Klein SURFLINE.COM.

This is what Julian’s competitors often see from the line up. Photo: Jeremiah Klein SURFLINE.COM.

Brett Simpson blew up, but fell short to Julian Wilson in round 3. Photo: Jeremiah Klein SURFLINE.COM.

Long Island local and Quik Wildcard Balaram Stack. QUIKSILVERPRO.COM

Trials winner Asher Nolan. Photo: QUIKSILVERPRO.COM



Long Island, New York. Photo: QUIKSILVERPRO.COM

Asher Nolan and his Mayhem shape. Photo: QUIKSILVERPRO.COM

Balaram Stack. Photo: QUIKSILVERPRO.COM

Balaram Stack on his …Lost surfboard. Photo: QUIKSILVERPRO.COM

Balaram Stack. Photo: QUIKSILVERPRO.COM

Balaram heads home under the boardwalk. Photo: QUIKSILVERPRO.COM

9/5/11: Asher Nolan wins trials. The Florida local took out the trials in crummy 1-2 foot lefts on his Mayhem shaped board to earn a spot in the main event of the 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York, on Long Island. Hawaiian Keanu Asing used his solid backside to gain the lead early in the final but Asher came back mid-way with an 8 point score. He backed it up with another 7 point ride to solidify the win. Things got a little tense when Keanu got a good left in the dying seconds but it wasn’t enough to overcome Asher. Congrats Asher… get um in the main event. In the expression session later in the day …Lost rider Aaron Cormican won the most innovative maneuver with a big backside blowtail turn. Another …Lost team rider – Flip Bellinzoni – was also in the expression session. Well, not officially but he decided to surf in it anyways. Flip’s HARDCORE…at whatever he does, Surf, Snowboard, Wake or Hockey…don’t f%ck with this guy jerkoff!!….Long Beach,NY.

Asher slashing his way to the main event of the 2011 Quik Pro New York.

Photo: transworldsurf.com/Checkwood

Asher mobbed by the media after the final.

Gorkin went down early in the trials but won the most innovative maneuver award in the expression session.

Long Beach local TJ Gumiela, Jeff Myers and Aaron Cormican chatting before the expression session.

$1,500 dollars richer and some more fans. Not a bad days work.

Gorkin hangs on the Long Island boardwalk.