Once again the
Circus US Open of Surfing has come to town, and all that comes along with it.
There a lot of things you can count on: first and foremost the crowds are INSANE, there will be partying, people from all over the world, the best action sports on the planet. Some of the best Surfers on the planet. Beautiful people with a very low thread to skin ratio. One thing is for sure, there is no room for boredom. If you are agoraphobic, you will want to keep your distance!
Personally, my choice is to cruise in early, around 8a.m. catch the surfing heats and duck out by about noon or so.. But that’s just me. To note, I do love watching me some skateboarding.. Converse does a great job building the Costal Carnage skate park..
The one thing you can never count on, however are the waves. In my opinion, this is by far the most important part of the event, it is after all a surf content. They have not necessarily selected the best time of year to put on a contest, come hell or high water (er, no swell or onshore winds), the show must go on.
This year was a good one, we had decent south swell, not the greatest shape, but a decent swell allowing the surfers to front some serious skills, as you can see in the video above.
Youth Culture Festival!?!
The following quote from the US Open of Surfing website
Huntington Beach, CA – The US Open of Surfing has a storied reputation for going big. This year will only add to that legacy as title sponsor Nike – along with presenting sponsors Hurley, Converse and Nike 6.0 – continue to elevate the event as the world’s largest youth culture and action sport festival. With more than 500,000 people in attendance along a 14-acre stretch of sand on the south side of Huntington Beach Pier, the Nike US Open of Surfing showcases the best in surf, skate, BMX, music, fashion and art.
Following are a few photos I was able to capture on my phone: