The Quiksilver Pro New York surfing contest was originally supposed to start on September 1, but Hurricane Irene forced it to be delayed until yesterday (the organizers have to break down its exhibits for Pro Skateboarding, Pro BMX and more). Yesterday was the qualifier for the last spot in the Pro Competitio which was won by Asher Nolan, a 32-year-old Florida resident.
Nolan told Newsday, "I knew I could surf these waves. I've done well here before," and said of his chances, "I mean, obviously, it's a win-win situation. I don't want to get in there and be like, 'I'm done because I won the trials.' I want to try and surf really well and represent for the East Coast."
There is a $1 million purse, with $300,000 for the winner. The competition continues through this week. Photographer Jim Kiernan was on the scene and one of the surfers that impressed him was Leonardo Fioravanti, a 13-year-old from Italy who was "TEARING IT UP!!!"