During my visit to Long Beach for the Quiksilver Pro New York, I found myself conversing with a man who was raising money to help families affected by September 11th. He was a fellow surfer who began to describe how the waves that day were some of the best that season and how beautiful it was to be in the water.
This Sundacy was the first time I ever thought about surfing on the anniversary of 9/11. I thought about the contrast of being in the water in comparison to the events taking place in lower Manhattan. As time passes by in my life, I realize how surfing develops love and peace in us, and how easily it is to be inspired by those who have surfed before us. We each have a surfer’s perspective, and in the aftermath of both tragedy and joy, a reason can always be found to keep surfing.
In light of meeting that man raising money and the conclusion of the Quiksilver Pro New York, I am able to personify the local beaches of New York City in a new way. They brought relaxation to people during a period of catastrophe. They surfed with the greats, from Kelly Slater to a child jumping on a surfboard for the first time. I want to build my relationship with these local friends of mine, and have decided to begin surfing at least once a week.
I am thankful for the Quiksilver Pro New York because it opened my perspective and understanding of the ocean’s power. Now, it is my time to be thankful for the competition’s presence in New York. You brought many of us joy, excitement, and peace. Aloha.
Pictures courtesy of the always excellent Cullie Poseria.
This guest post was written by the indefatigable Miss Mia Legg, surf Queen of Manhatten. Tune in next Wednesday for the latest from ‘Realm of the Kooks.’kelly slater, Quiksilver Pro New York