Brett Simpson

Round 1 of the US Open goes off in powerful surf.
The US Open of Surfing is one of the most popular surf contests in the world. That doesn't always mean it features excellent surf. In some years, there is more action on the beach than in the water. That wasn't the case in the first round in 2013. Waves in the 4-5 foot range consistently came through the Huntington Beach pier, offering surfers like Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Jordy Smith, and others the chance to show off their powerful hacks and airs. Not surprisingly, Slater scored a rare barrel on his way to one of the highest heat scores of the day.