Long Beach, Long Island (and other venues)
September 1-15, free
Things are about to get pretty extreme in Long Beach, and we’re not talking about any lingering aftereffects of Hurricane Irene. From September 1 through 15, the beachfront community will play host to Quiksilver Pro New York, two weeks of intense competitions (with $1 million in prizes at stake), live performances, and living on the edge. The festival officially gets under way Friday on Pier 54 in Hudson River Park, where the Tony Hawk Vert Jam will take place at 2:00 in a large halfpipe with appearances by Hawk, Kevin Staab, Jesse Fritsch, Mitchie Brusco, Sandro Dias, Neal Hendrix, and Elliot Sloan, followed by an after-party at the Standard Hotel. Then it’s back to Long Beach for surfing, volleyball, BMX demos, the Roxy Surf Camp, the Bravest Versus Finest Surf Comp, autograph signings, and other events and activities based in and around the Village. Among those on hands will be Corey Bohan, Allan Cooke, Craig Mast, Anthony Napolitan, Edwin DeLarosa, Josh Kalis, Matt Miller, Wes Kremer, Rob Wise, Jeremiah Smith, Alfredo Mancuso, Kelly Bolton, Brad Simms, Brett Banasiewicz, and Ryah Jordan. More than two dozen bands will hit the stage for free concerts, including Girl Talk, the English Beat, the Ettes, Interpol, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Benjamins, the Max Weinberg Experience, Wavves, Neon Indian, and the Flaming Lips, while Kelly Slater & Friends will lead a benefit show on September 10. The festivities return to Manhattan on September 7 for the world premiere of Travis Rice’s snowboarding movie The Art of Flight at the Beacon, followed on September 8 by Roxy Fashion Night Out at the Roxy Store in SoHo. Oh, and did we mention that it’s all free?
Update (9/2/11): As it turns out, Long Beach is in fact still feeling the lingering aftereffects of Hurricane Irene, which has forced the cancellation of most of the special events that were scheduled to take place as part of Quiksilver Pro New York, including all of the free concerts as well as the autograph signings and demonstrations that were to take place in what was being called the Village, which is no more. However, there is a petition demanding that the concerts go on as planned; you can read and sign it here. The professional competition is still on, as is this afternoon’s Tony Hawk Vert Jam on Pier 54.