The 2011 US Open of Surfing, presented by Nike, Hurley and Converse wrapped up yesterday. With 1 million people in attendance throughout the week, free live music featuring MGMT, Jimmy Eat World and others, a Walk the Walk National Championship, and the world's best surfers battling it out in great HB surf, it's pretty clear that 2011 US Open of Surfing will go down in the history books as the greatest action sports event of all time -- that is until we make it even better next year. Click into the story for full details and coverage.
The world's best surfers showcased their skills in great HB surf this last weekend. The record-breaking crowds on the beach tested the maximum occupancy numbers on the pier, cheered for each turn and air they saw, and were treated to an event to remember. Taking home the win was 10x World Champ, Kelly Slater, who beat out Yadin Nicol in the 35 minute final. For the women, it was Sally Fitzgibbons, who one-upped her second place finish at last year's event, winning the final ASP Women's World Tour event of the year.
There were five bands who played live, free concerts at the US Open of Surfing. The highlight was Saturday's MGMT performance. The standing-room only crowd stretched from the PCH boardwalk to waist deep water in the ocean. To put in plainly, it was insane.
WALK THE WALK
San Diego's Grossmont High School took home the Walk the Walk National Championship. They beat out other high schools from around the country with some great dancing and creativity. Celebrity judges included Vanessa Hudgens, Tristan Wilds, Carissa Moore, Paul Rodrigues, Marisa Miller and Rob Machado.
Throughout the nine days of US Open fun, there were 1 million people who made it down to the beach. Everyone from Kevin Durant to Spongebob showed up to see what was going on at the HB Pier.
The H20 booth provided the 1 million attendees with water and helped to produce a plastic-bottle-free event. Big shout out to Ben Edwards and crew for making such a positive impact on our world.
Tom Remillard took the win in Converse's Coastal Carnage event. Curren Caples skated his way to an impressive third place finish. And that Tony Hawk guy even showed up to show the youngsters how it's done, winning best trick.
Team Kachinksy won the Nike 6.0 BMX Pro on Sunday with a dazzling display of progressive maneuvers, which kept the massive crowd on hand screaming at the top of their lungs.
Unitl next year, Huntington Beach....
For full US Open coverage, photos and video highlights go to usopenofsurfing.com.