The Vans US Open of Surfing will return to the southside of the Huntington Beach Pier this summer to host the world’s best action sports athletes from July 28 through August 5, 2018.
The weeklong summer festival will showcase the best in surfing, skateboarding, and BMX, while providing engaging beach activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Here are 5 tips on how to make the most of the US Surf Open!
Bring a pen!
So you have your swimmers, sunscreen and snacks packed for your beach adventure, but don’t forget to pack a pen for autographs! Over 200 surfers from around the world are heading to Huntington Beach to compete for the US Open title and amongst these surfers walks many famous and legendary wave riders. You never know who you will run in to! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Aussie legends like Stephanie Gilmore, Mick Fanning and Sally Fitzgibbons
More than surf
As one of the world’s biggest action-sports festivals you can easily get sweep up in the sports action. On the festival side of the beach, a mini-city on the sand is built for beachgoers to check out everything from the latest products to skate and BMX competitions and exhibitions. You can get an autograph from your favorite athletes, who host meet-and-greets throughout the event. There will be art instillations and booths where people can do their own art design. Games can be played for free Vans swag. At night, there’s movies at the Pier Plaza amphitheater.
Walk of Fame
As Huntington Beach’s Surfing Walk of Fame celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year also sees two Aussies inducted. It has just been announced that this year Stephanie Gilmore has won ‘Women of the Year’ and Mick Fanning has won ‘Surf Champion’. These Aussie legendary wave riders will now be forever enshrined in surfing’s history books on August 2nd, 2018 in Huntington Beach, California. The Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach is located across the street from the Hall of Fame (where Mick was inducted last year) and inducts members of the surf community for various categories. Their names are recognized with plaques placed on the sidewalks surrounding Jack’s Surfboards retail shop.
Beyond the Beach
Downtown bars on main street will be the place to be seen, Pacific City will be hosting events to cater to the huge crowds that flock to Huntington Beach, there will be an art gallery show at Pacific City called “Salty Surf Artifacts,” and music concerts put on by the Hurley Sound Stage. For some time away from the crowds head to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, these revered grounds are one of the best birding spots in the United States with nearly 200 bird species are documented in Bolsa Chica each year, including many rare and endangered species.
Surf Surf and more Surf
Check out the Surf Museum, take your very own surf lesson, watch the surfers from the iconic Huntington Beach Pier and eat like a surfer at Dukes. And to completely immerse yourself into the surfing atmosphere don’t forget to check in to Kimpton Shorebreak Resort which is a surfer’s dream hotel. It’s no wonder this boutique surf hotel is where the US Surf competitors choose to stay! Shorebreak features coastal chic interiors, cruiser bikes for hire and a thrilling gym with an array of hard core equipment and climbing wall guaranteed to deliver you a solid workout even Rocky Balboa would approve of.
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