New York: some say there's no surfing here

Kelly Slater is looking forward to ride and drive his board through the stylish peaks of New York. The Floridian prodigy believes the 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York will be an astonishing surf contest. Actually, Slater finds stoke in every street corner.

"I'm happy to come just for the lifestyle side of things. You got guys from Europe, Brazil, Australia, Hawaii. It's a travelling melting pot", he tells Surf Collective NYC.

"It is a different approach. It's fun and unpredictable. You can do something you can't do at Jeffreys Bay". The 10-time world surfing champion has recently won the iconic US Open of Surfing in the opposite coastal waters.

Kelly Slater believes the 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York will be great for a very large number of surf fans who have never had the opportunity to watch their icons surfing in their neighborhood.

The competition is the first-ever ASP World Championship Tour stop on the East Coast of the United States. The world's best surfers, in the world's greatest city, competing for the biggest prize purse in surfing history: one million dollars.

Confirm Kelly Slater's enthusiasm in a video available, here. The 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York will be surfed from September 1st-15th in Long Beach.