US Open of Surfing celebrates 20th anniversary

July 25, 2014 | Surfing
US Open of Surfing: we miss that pier | Photo: ASP/Rowland

The 2014 Vans US Open will celebrate its 20th anniversary, between 27th July and 3rd August, in Huntington Beach, Surf City USA.

The prestigious American title is up for grabs exactly when Huntington Beach commemorates 100 years of surfing in town. The event will attract Dream Tour, Qualification Series, and Pro Junior surfers from all over the world.

Kelly Slater, Julian Wilson, CJ Hobgood, Alejo Muniz, Carissa Moore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore, and many more will try to earn valuable points toward the overall rankings. A good result at the US Open of Surfing usually means success at the end of the season.

The invite-only Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational will return to Huntington Beach. Kelia Moniz, Troy Mothershead, and Devon Howard plus 13 more talented longboarders will showcase their style and back-to-basics approach in the Californian surf lines.

The local authorities have decided to scale down the 2014 edition of the US Open of Surfing, in an attempt to avoid the riots that erupted in 2013. There will be no skate bowl, live music, and alcohol will be banned.

Since it was created in 1959, the event has had multiple names: West Coast Surfing Championship (1959-1964), United States Surfing Championships (1964-1982), Ocean Pacific Pro (1982-1994) and US Open of Surfing (1994-).

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