LONG BEACH, NY (WCBS 880) – A surfing competition in New York? Yup, that’s right.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs In Long Beach

Surfing fan Barry Koff says a world-class surfing competition off Long Beach, Long Island should open some eyes.

“I think more people will see that there are actually waves on the East Coast… [They say] ‘You live in New York? There’s no waves.’ But there are waves here,” Koff said.

The waves are big enough to bring the Quiksilver Pro New York, an international surf competition offering $1 million in prize money.

“I think it’s a good thing. I think it puts Long Beach on the map,” Koff told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

Community organizer Eileen Kelly says the surfing competition is helping to uplift young people. “I think it does an awful lot for the young kids in this community when they see that they can do such a clean, wholesome thing and keep themselves in good shape. I think it’s great.”

This is the first time this event has been held on the East Coast. The tournament runs through September 15.

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