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Quik Pro New York trialists announced

Updated: July 27, 2011, 5:21 PM ET
By Jon Coen | ESPN Action Sports

Sam Hammer won the Unsound Pro in Long Beach, New York, in 2007. At that time, there was an unofficial race for who could offer the biggest check to the winner of an East Coast contest. Earlier that year, O'Neill awarded CJ Hobgood $10,000 for taking the Sebastian Inlet Pro. To get one up, Unsound handed Hammer, of Lavallette, New Jersey, a check for $11,500.

That was a lot of money at the time. It still is. Hammer's old truck had been failing and he was putting the dough toward a new ...

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