Kelly Slater managed to weave his way to the front of the ASP World Tour rankings yesterday after winning the 2011 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Teahupo’o served up an unbelievable string of surf, including a massive “code red” day that will undoubtably surface again in the 2012 Billabong XXL award finals.
After scoring epic conditions in Tahiti, the ASP now heads to the Atlantic for the Quiksilver Pro New York, the first-ever WCT stop on the East Coast of the United States. The competition is packaged with a slew of distractions, including BMX, motocross, and skateboarding events, designed to supplement a potential lack of action in the water, a distinct possibility (although Katia is brewing). At the moment, there are unconfirmed rumors the entire event has been cancelled, but with no official statement from Quiksilver, the show presumably goes on.
Here’s a look at the forecast as of Monday evening: The first three days of the 15-day holding period, which is scheduled for September 1 – 15, have been set aside for a local trials event. Starting on Thursday, there’s a mixture of small, short-period ESE and East wind swell (2-3 feet at 5-8 seconds), with a touch of long-period Southeast swell in the background (1 foot at 15-16 seconds 131°).
On Saturday, the short-period East (94°) swell picks up a notch to the 4 feet at 9 seconds range, and long-period forerunners from the Southeast start to arrive on Sunday (1 foot at 18 seconds 132°). However, Southwest winds begin to increase over the weekend as well.
Conditions should improve by Monday, September 5th, as the Southeast ground swell continues to fill-in (3 feet at 14 seconds 132°) and the SSW wind swell backs off as winds ease and clock to the WNW. In fact, the mixture of SSW and SE swell with improving local winds could potentially deliver enough combo-swell action to run the first day of competition.
The nearest station reporting real-time observations is Buoy 44065 (New York Harbor Entrance), which is located about 14 miles South from the event site in Long Beach. Real-time wind and wave data from the buoy is available on Twitter by following @buoy44065.