Hey everyone! As a native of Southern California, there are a few summer activities that are a must for us. I personally only started going to this a few summers ago, but it’s a huge event that thousands attend every year! The U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach is filled with sand, surf, skating, and TONS of sun. This year was no different so I thought I’d share a few photos with those of you who don’t live close enough to attend or even if you haven’t heard much about it before!
This was during one of the surf competitions. We went on the day that all of the junior athletes were competing, so all of the surfers and skaters were surprisingly young. Usually older competitors will be there, but I have to say these kids were absolutely amazing and so talented! You can watch these surf competitions from the sand or from the pier (I recommend the pier!) These particular photos were taken on the Huntington Beach pier.
They have a lot of different booths for different activities, but it’s even fun to just walk around in the sand! One of my favorites is the art tent. This is great for younger kids, but I love the giant letters they put in front of it. It looked so unique and totally artsy!
You can also get some Vans U.S. Open merch at the store which is in the middle of all these events. From hats, to sweatshirts, to t-shirts, and even Vans shoes, they have it all!
One of the most fun things to watch at the U.S. Open is the skating competitions. There are about six skaters for each round who get about 45 seconds to skate and receive points for each trick. Each skater gets a few 45 second heats to showcase their best skills and climb to the top. Whoever has the most points by the end of the round wins! I was obsessed with the graffiti that was done in the bowls. It was a great example of street art done right. They were truly pieces of art.
This is such a great summer activity to go to with friends. If you’re in the area next summer, definitely check it out. It is in Huntington Beach for a little over a week before it ends, so you have some time to figure out which day you want to go! I also hope you enjoyed the photos, they were all taken with a Nikon D5500, with exception to the very first photo which was taken on an iPhone. Hope you all have a lovely weekend! 🙂