Tthe Quiksilver Pro New York has been cancelled from the 2012 ASP World Tour schedule, both Quiksilver and the ASP announced Friday.
"It is unfortunate that we announce the cancellation of the 2012 Quiksilver Pro New York," said ASP Media Director Dave Prodan in a statement. "The 2011 installment was a fantastic event with excellent waves, tremendous local support and some of the best surfing we enjoyed all season. That said, we understand the factors leading to Quiksilver's withdrawal of the New York event from the 2012 schedule."
What those "factors" were were not specified in the release, which was althogether vague and ambiguous.
"Quiksilver is still very much committed to the ASP and the professional surfing tour in 2012 with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (Australia) and the Quiksilver Pro France," said Rob Colby, President of Quiksilver Americas, in the press release.
Immediate emails to Quiksilver were not returned. "This news comes as a shock -- very unexpected," said ESPN Surfing's East Coast correspondent Jon Coen, who was en route home from Hawaii when the news broke.
One would have to assume that budget cuts are at the heart of it. Since the recession hit in 2008, Quiksilver has cut over 500 jobs, most recently in October when two dozen positions were eliminated. At the same time, they've kept both Kelly Slater and Dane Reynolds under contract -- two of the biggest contracts in surfing today. Plus there's the cost of producing a webcast, and the fact that Quiksilver gave away a record $300,000 for first place at the 2011 event.
In 2011 the ASP World Tour included three "urban" locations on the schedule: New York, San Francisco, and Rio de Janeiro. And while a world champion was crowned (twice) in San Francisco, and New York enjoyed all-time hurricane conditions, Rio is the only one on the schedule in 2012.