Josh Kerr: feeling pumped at the US Open of Surfing | Photo: Michael Lallande/US Open of Surfing

The 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing will run from July 25th to August 2nd, in Huntington Beach, California.

The world's elite in surfing, skateboarding, and BMX will return to Surf City USA for a nine-day event. The US Open of Surfing is the largest professional surfing competition and action sports festival in the world.

“Nearly 50 years ago, Paul Van Doren opened the first Vans store just a few miles from the US Open event site, the same place where he met surf legend Duke Kahanamoku and made him one-of-a-kind Vans to celebrate his unique style. It's an honor to carry forward that legacy of creative expression here in 2015," said Doug Palladini, vice-president at Vans.

The US Open of Surfing is a major stop in the Men's Qualifying Series, as well as a key midseason stop on the WSL Women's Championship Tour. Carissa Moore heads into the event as the ratings leader.

"It's been a really fun year so far and I'm excited to be coming back to Huntington Beach. The enthusiasm of the fans and the history of the event makes it exciting for the surfers who compete there every year. Looking forward to the upcoming event," said Moore.

The Huntington Beach Pier will also showcase the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational, and the Van Doren Invitational Skate and BMX contests.

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