Thursday, July 17, 2008
Huntington Beach is currently host to top surfers from around the globe in North America's highest rated qualifying event and the world's largest professional surf competition. The US Open of Surfing and Beach Festival kicked off in Huntington Beach on July 18 and will run through July 27, 2008. The US Open of Surfing is the biggest and most prestigious surfing event in the world. As the official home of the USA Surf Team, Huntington Beach embodies the authentic sport, culture, and spirit of surfing; and is consistently ranked among the best surfing beaches in America.
More than 500 world-class athletes representing a dozen countries are battling over 10 days and across four divisions, all chasing a $125,000 prize purse and the chance to become part of the U.S. Open’s coveted lore. In addition to surfing, the world’s finest extreme sports athletes will compete in skateboarding, BMX stunt riding, and motorcross. Extreme sport demonstrations featuring surfing, skateboarding, BMX, FMX, and volleyball will be held daily throughout the duration of the event.
The US Open of Surfing and Beach Festival includes a festival area with over 70 vendor booths, entertainment, concerts, autograph signings, interactive activities such as a gaming lounge, and more. National and local bands will perform live on a concert stage, creating a sound track for the event. The heavily attended professional surfing competition draws nearly 400,000 spectators and is celebrating its 15th anniversary. All events during the U.S. Open of Surfing and Beach Festival are open to the public, free of charge. For some good sun and a chance to meet a pro surfer, head to Huntington Beach this weekend.