Red Bull-backed surfer Sally Fitzgibbons and Kelly Slater took home the gold at the US Open of Surf.
Considered the biggest surf event in the world, the Vans US Open of Surfing is often referred to as the sport's Super Bowl. With stadium seating, and crowds during the week that total in the millions, the atmosphere around the event certainly fits the billing. Wave conditions can be a challenge in the summer, with south or westerly winds popping up late morning or early afternoon. High tide also tends to suck most of the energy out of any swell in the water. But, if the right conditions come together, south side HB pier can definitely live up to the hype.