The Quiksilver Pro New York, surfing’s first million-dollar contest, was removed from the 2012 ASP World Tour Schedule today. While reasons for the event’s cancellation are not entirely clear, it appears financial constraints forced Quiksilver to defer in 2012 – looking to 2013 to potentially resume the event’s three-year contract.
“Well, the actual reasons for cancellation are for Quiksilver, as the event licensee, to expound upon,” wrote ASP International Media Director Dave Prodan via email. “I’ve just read some comments from Rob Colby (who was also included in the release) on Transworld Business stating that there were financial concerns regarding the costs of running the event in 2011 and the outlook for 2012. Running any ASP World Title event is no small endeavor, financially speaking, and this hurdle was compounded in 2011 with Hurricane Irene wreaking havoc upon the event site just two weeks before the events started.”
Prodan also noted that the New York event might return to the ASP Schedule in 2013.
“We (at the ASP) are disappointed in the cancellation of the Quiksilver Pro New York after such an impressive maiden showing, but understand the many factors that may have contributed to Quiksilver’s withdrawal of the event in 2012.”
Quiiksilver has not yet responded to requests for comment, but more information will be included as it becomes available.