The Billabong Pro in Rio, Brazil, The Quiksilver Pro in France, and the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. These are just a few spots where pro surfers compete during their season each year. Every July, pro surfers such as Taj Burrow, Dane Reynolds, and local boy favorite Brett “Simpo” Simpson converge on the south side of the pier in Huntington Beach to do battle in the Vans US Open of Surfing.
Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City, has hosted the Vans US Open of Surfing since 1959 however the event has only had the title of US Open of surfing for the last 20 years. The event is part of the qualification process for the ASP World Tour and taken very serious by pro surfers. This draws surfers from around the world and surfing fans from near and far. Local fans especially look forward to legendary surfers surfing in their home break. But what locals don’t look forward to are the throngs of “out of towners” who don’t necessarily care about surfing but often are just looking for a party and to cause chaos. There have been non surfing activities and concerts in previous years that attracted different types of crowds, which has created some mayhem and has been problematic for law enforcement. For those surfing purists, nothing beats watching your favorite surfer “shoot the pier”, “get barreled”, and/or “hang ten”. The Vans US Open of Surfing runs from July 26, 2014 to August 3rd, 2014. There will be a change at this year’s event as contest organizers and city officials have scaled back the week’s activities focussing more on the original purpose of the event…SURFING! See the info-graphic below from http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov for the projected scale back.
So grab your sunscreen, cameras, and maybe even your surfboard and go check it out. For more information of the Vans US Open of Surfing check out the event’s website at http://www.vansusopenofsurfing.com/2014