Who will claim the Vans US Open of Surfing 2016? The event runs from July 23rd-31st, in Huntington Beach, California.
The last American to win the iconic contest was Kelly Slater, in 2011, but the US armada will try to recapture the trophy lost to Julian Wilson (2012), Alejo Muniz (2013), Filipe Toledo (2014) and Hiroto Ohhara (2015).
Last year, Ohhara raised the Japanese flag and wrote a beautiful story for his country. This time, he will return and do his best to repeat the feat.
"It's great to get the jersey on before Huntington and try to make some heats to get my heat strategy in place. The US Open is an event I can see myself doing well in so I really want to try my best and see what follows," reveals Hiroto Ohhara.
On the women's side, Courtney Conlogue is the girl to beat. She assumed the command of the World Surf League leaderboard, and she will try to win the US Open of Surfing for the first time in her career.
"I've had a strong year, but there remains a lot of work to do before it's finished. I'm feeling healthy, and my surfing feels really strong. It would be amazing to post a win at home in Huntington Beach and take that momentum into the rest of the year," explained Conlogue.
The event would not be complete without the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational. The contest showcases the world's best progressive longboarders riding single-fin logs without leash plugs in a no-interference format.