Event Preview: US Open of Surfing

The greatest show in surf begins yet again in sunny Southern California.
Carissa Moore shows some fin at the US Open of Surfing.
Carissa, always a threat on HB's Southside. © Sean Rowland/ ASP
By Teddy Ward

It’s that special time of the year again… When a hundred thousand teenage girls in Orange County pull the old “you tell your mom you’re sleeping over at my house, and I’ll tell my mom I’m sleeping over at your house” trick, and then high tail the VW Cabriolet to Huntington Beach. Screw the consequences — it’s summer and the world’s best have congregated in Surf City.

Yes, we’re talking about the Vans US Open of Surfing, popping off July 20th through 28th — a Men’s Prime, Women’s WCT and a Pro Junior event all rolled into one. Plus a skate and BMX contest with a few other live concerts jammed in, to boot. And all this, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of half naked fans — many of which whose parents still think they’re safe at a lifeguarded pool in Riverside. But back to the event.

The Mens Prime competitors, ‘CT Women and Pro Junior guys and gals all surf the same notorious peak on the southside of the Huntington Beach Pier. There is also a set schedule at the Open with an allotted amount of heats in every division running each day of the week. Which means you can watch (preferably live) or via webcast every day, guaranteed. And the wave? A burgery outside peak allowing an initial maneuver (both right or left), meandering into an inside bowl to flare vibrantly upon.

Attendees? Every woman on the WWCT, every hot pro junior and a lot more names than your average Prime event, that’s for sure. Like: Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Jordy Smith, Michel Bourez, Julian Wilson, Sunny Garcia…listen, a LOT. And the site right there on the southside isn’t called the “Surf Stadium” for nothing — there’s rows and rows of beach bleachers, standing room on the Huntington Beach pier and multiple huge projector screens to capture every single angle of the summer’s greatest event.

So, will the power shift in the Women’s ‘CT rankings, Carissa and Sally nipping at Tyler Wright’s world No. 1 heels? Will Julian Wilson defend his US Open title as dominantly as he won it last year? Will last year’s Pro Junior runner-up Kanoa Igarashi pledge his revenge on last year’s winner Conner Coffin? Will the hundreds of thousands of teenage girls’ switcheroo-trick work this year? You will just have to see for yourself in Huntington or vicariously, right here: http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

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