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JULY 28 - AUGUST 5, 2012 at Huntington Beach Pier

Surfing is a challenging sport that's made to look easy by the skills of those who ride so gracefully on the wavers. The average person with no training of skill has a tough time appreciating what it takes to catch a great wave and ride it, putting on the best show to win prize cash.

The US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach draws top surfers on the World Qualifying Series trail (such as the surfer shown in photo above) to win specific events where cash prizes are offered, and accumulate the points they win in combined travel to various surfing events in the series.

Huntington Beach's particular challenges include the waves. Sometimes there aren't any. Surfers have often joked that either they need to change the time on this event (held July - August), change the location to the north side of the pier (it is held on the south side), or lower the rank of the event from a 6 star to 4 star so that expectations aren't so high in anticipating and riding good waves.

Huntington Beach wave action for this event has a spotty record. While the reality is that the average wave size over years of event probably ranges in the 3 foot size, there have been better seasons, and worse.

Surfer at Pier
Peopl walk on boardwalk sand at Huntington Beach US Open
People on boardwalk
US Open surfer carries two surfboards
Surfer with 2 boards
Winner holds trophy at US Open Beach Games BMX
BMX winner
US Open crowd watches competition
US Open Crowds
US Open competitor carries yellow trim surfboard and wears yellow rashguard
Yellow rash guard

Girl & scooter
Kids walk on sand through Philips music and entertainment venue at US Open of Surfing
2 boys @ Philips
Crowd with photographer taking pictures from Huntington Beach Pier for US Open surfing
Picture from pier
Colorful scene at US Open in Huntington Beach with red Ruby's roof and white tents against blue ocean
Beach overview
two female surfers walk in sand at US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach
2 surfer girls
US Open of Surfing crowd on bleachers watch surfers in the Pacific Ocean water
Bleacher seats
Fox camera man talks to girls in swimsuits as competitive surfer passes by at US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach
Beach beauties

Beach Games BMX
Crowd sitting at bleachers watches the US Open
Crowds at US Open