Huntington Beach of Orange County, California is home to approximately 200 000 people, 8.5 miles of beautiful beach and the Vans US Open of Surfing. The world’s best surfers, skaters and BMX riders storm Huntington Beach for nine days in late July and early August every summer along with approximately 500 000 spectators.
The atmosphere of this event was incredible and felt totally surreal. It was like something out of a movie. Everyone I met was extremely friendly and I couldn’t help but feel like I was part of something magical. From the non-stop action sports, to movie premieres, workshops and giveaways there was never a dull moment. I am still on a high from the atmosphere at this year’s event. I tried to make the most of my short stay in Surf City and take in all that is the Vans US Open of Surfing.
The main events took place adjacent to the Huntington Beach Pier. Along the coast, massive grandstands were erected to take in the views of the action. Personally, my favourite place to watch the surfing events were off the south side of the pier. This provided the views closest to the surfers and made you feel like you were in the action.
The winners of both main World Surf League events were Orange County natives. Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach local captured his second consecutive Vans US Open of Surfing title while Courtney Conlogue of Santa Ana won her second title since 2009.
The Vans US Open is the largest action sports festival and professional sports competition in the world. This title comes with immense responsibility as visitors have high expectations and let me tell you they did not disappoint. It took me a combined total of over 24 hours to travel to and from Huntington Beach and I can honestly tell you it was worth every minute. I am already determined to be in attendance for next year’s event and recommend you check out the Vans US Open of Surfing if you ever get the opportunity. This event is officially ATMOSPHERE approved and we are already looking forward to the Vans US Open of Surfing 2019.