Vans U.S. Surf Open

The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing is an annual nine-day event that brought together the world’s elite in surfing, skateboarding and BMX in Huntington Beach, CA, aka “Surf City.  It was stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour.  Over half a million people attended the event over the course of nine fun-filled days each.  The competition held some of the largest prize purses in the industry, and is where the world’s best surfers competed to earn essential points towards the year’s title of  “world’s best surfer”.

Many US Open of Surfing champions have competed here: Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Andy Irons, Brett Simpson, Julian Wilson, Alejo Muniz, Sunny Garcia, Stephanie Gilmore, Carissa Moore, and Courtney Conlogue.

The nine-day event also included skateboarding and BMX competitions, live music, movie premieres, fashion shows, and product demos and samples from industry brands. 
See photos from day eight:  both the Jr. Men and Junior Girl Surf competition and the Men’s Skate competition.

Men’s Skate, Final:
1st    Chris Russell, USA
2nd    Ben Hatchell, USA
3rd    Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg, Sweden

US Open Jr. Mens, Final:
1st     Nolan Rapoza, USA
2nd     Yuji Mori, JPN
3rd    Luis Diaz, CNY

US Open Jr. Girl, Final:
1st    Caroline Marks, USA
2nd    Alyssa Spencer, USA
3rd    Brisa Hennessy, HAW   

Written by:  Evan Fabricant
Photos by: Dana Gardner
“Bulgaria SEGA” newspaper