US Open Of Surfing

Kolohe Andino just loves good butts

Paul Fisher interviewed the top surfers at the US Open and got answers to the truly important questions.
The entire surfing world converges on Huntington Beach each summer for the US Open of Surfing. That makes it the perfect time for Fishtales' Paul Fisher to catch up with the world's top surfers to ask them the questions everyone else is afraid to. Fisher spoke with Kolohe Andino, Evan Geiselman, Surf House's Mitch Crews, Koa Smith, Oliver Kurtz, Dylan Goodale, Dylan Graves, and Ian Crane. He asked them about what they'd do with $100,000, whether they preferred blondes or brunettes (Kolohe Andino's answer at 1:01 is priceless), and the worst tattoos they had seen at the US Open.

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Win Free Stuff At US Open of Surfing From Erik Roner of Roner Vision

Erik Roner is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of his first RonerVision episode by hooking you up with free gear from GoPro, Hurley, and Rockstar! Listen closely for details to Erik's photo contest running during the US Open of Surfing this week in Huntington Beach, CA. And tune in to next week's episode to find out what happens when little Oskar Roner tests his luck on a 75 foot cliff jump!

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Roner Vision: Summertime, Skydiving & Extreme Tubing

Erik Roner has been keeping busy as evidence from this action-packed new episode of RonerVision! Erik kicks things off skydiving with buddy Bob Burnquist over the 2012 Nike US Open of Surfing and gives us his take on parachute packing 101. Next Erik heads out to Glen Helen raceway joining Greg Godfrey and some of the Nitro Circus Crew for an epic night of truck racing. Summer wouldn't be complete without some good old fashioned R&R, so Erik finishes things off back home in Tahoe, living the good life with son Oskar. As always Oskar gets into big things—this month it's extreme tubing. Hang on!

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Dose: Poser exposure at the Vans US Open of Surfing

The crowd in Huntington Beach loved Mick Machado and Kelly Smith.
The Vans US Open of Surfing draws an eclectic crowd to the shores of Huntington Beach, California. One thing that most of the people in attendance had in common was a massive lack of surf knowledge. It's a good thing that the dose crew was on hand to expose all the posers. Michaela Eichenbaum caught up with everyone from the guy with "Tug Me" written across his stomach to the US Open's unofficial twerk team.

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Surfer Girl: Alana Blanchard balances modeling, social media, and surfing

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Pro surfer Alana Blanchard's calendar leading up to the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California was packed with obligations beyond surfing. Like filming a nationally televised T-Mobile commercial that lasted all night followed by a photo shoot for Rip Curl the next morning. Alana manages to pull it all off effortlessly on this new episode of Surfer Girl. But she never loses sight of her surfing. With the US Open around the corner Alana makes time for some warmup surf sessions at Huntington Beach. Alana shares all these moments on social media because it strengthens her connection with her fans and keeps her motivated.

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Surfer Girl: Surf fans go crazy for Alana Blanchard at the US Open of Surfing

The US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach gets bigger and bigger each year with crowds of over half-a-million surf fans (and some posers). On this episode of [Surfer Girl]3, pro surfer Alana Blanchard is focused on surfing well in the crucial ASP Women's World Tour event and gets a tad overwhelmed by the incredible crowd support. Like fellow high-profile pro surfer Kelly Slater, her celebrity has made it impossible for her to navigate the masses on her own without security guards. Alana advances through a few rounds, upsetting Australian surfer Tyler Wright right off the bat. In between heats Alana takes time to meet with her fans, signing autographs and taking photos.

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Music Credits:
Switchfoot, "Who We Are," Fading West (Buy it Here);
The Crooks, "Afterglow," Hold Fast

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Chris Nieratko gets fat guy to belly flop in sand at US Open of Surf

The US Open of Surf has long since past, but that doesn't mean we can't still make fun of the idiots that flood the sand at Huntington Beach each year. Vans sent Chris Nieratko to play a little "Truth or Dare" with the fans that were on hand at the US Open. He was able to find plenty of folks who were willing to belly flop into the sand and eat a spoonful of cinnamon because, well, because it's Huntington Beach during the US Open of Surf.

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Greyson Fletcher is living up to his family name as a high-flying madman

The next generation of bowl rippers took over the Van Doren Invitational at the 2013 Vans US Open.
Renowned street artist Mike Giant painted a mural in a section of the bowl at the Van Doren Invitational, part of which read, "Vert Never Died." The skating of young riders Greyson Fletcher, Raven Tershy, and Ben Hatchell at the Van Doren Invitational, which was part of the US Open of Surfing, proved that vert is alive and better than ever. Fletcher, Tershy, and Hatchell were among the new generation of transition skaters who threw down in a big way at the contest. Fletcher, the son of aerial surf pioneer Christian Fletcher and the grandson of tow-in surf pioneer Herbie Fletcher, created his own piece of family history. Fletcher flew around like the bowl like he was possessed and finished in second place behind Hatchell. Tershy finished third.

Here's what you need to know about the Van Doren Invitational skate contest

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The Van Doren Invitational is one helluva skate contest in conjunction with the US Open of Surfing. Each year they build a massive bowled skatepark for the world's best transition skaters like Greyson Fletcher to fly around on like a bat out of hell.

This year's contest goes down this weekend in Huntington Beach, California, so Omar Hassan broke down the course. The bowl is modeled after the park at Marseilles in France and is built to host a raw contest where winning and losing takes a backseat to raw skating.

Qualifiers for the Van Doren Invitational take place on August 2 from 4-6pm PT. The semifinals and finals go down on August 3 from 3-6 pm PT. Thrasher will host the live webcast.

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Raven Tershy won the Van Doren Invitational wearing an Allen Iverson jersey

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Raven Tershy is not from Philadelphia. Raven Tershy is from Santa Cruz, California. But apparently he's still a huge Allen Iverson fan. And really, who isn't?

We're not saying that wearing the Allen Iverson jersey allowed Raven to step it up when it mattered most, but it certainly didn't hurt either. Raven took down a stacked field at the 2014 Van Doren Invitational amidst the Vans US Open of Surfing, and his skating was completely on-point the entire time. Check out the full results below.


  1. Raven Tershy

  2. Charlie Blair

  3. Murilo Peres

  4. Ronnie Sandoval

  5. Pedro Barros

How to shoot the pier at Huntington Beach

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The Vans US Open of Surfing has gotten underway this week, and things are rolling along in the dustbowl of Huntington Beach, California. One of the most exciting spectacles about witnessing the annual biggest surf contest is when surfers shoot the pier. What's shooting the pier you ask? Well, it's quite possibly one of the most dangerous things any surfer surfing a normal-sized wave can do.

The cement pylons of the Huntington Beach pier are some of the most treacherous in the world. And attempting to surf through them is a skill that even the best get humbled by. People have even died attempting to do it. So with the US Open starting to heat up, here's some pointers on shooting the pier from pro surfers who have done it successfully and also paid the price trying it.

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Kelly Slater, Julian Wilson, Alana Blanchard advance on Day 4 of US Open

As swell drops, Huntington Beach sees mix of upsets and top performances.
Day 4 of the the US Open of Surfing is in the books and it featured lot of top surfers in the water at Huntington Beach. The women's WCT contest kicked off. One of the highlights was Alana Blanchard pulling off a late upset over Tyler Wright. In the men's contest, Julian Wilson pulled off a massive backside air for a near-perfect score of 9.83 out of 10. Michel Bourez was also dominant with his unique brand of power surfing.

Kelly Slater somehow found a rare tube at the US Open of Surfing

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.

When Pat Gudauskas thinks of the US Open of Surf, he thinks of Dairy Queen

One-third of the surfing Gudauskas brothers reveals a memorable moment from Huntington Beach, which hosts the US Open of Surf.
Pat Gudauskas and his brothers, Tanner and Dane, have been attending the US Open of Surf since they were little kids. With the Open going on this week, Pat shared his favorite memory of Huntington Beach, California, which hosts the legendary surf contest each year. Pat's moment has nothing to do with the surf, however, and is all about a young kid's excitement over a gravity-defying Dairy Queen Blizzard. It's hard to blame him. They are delicious.

21 Days: Jordy Smith and C.J. Hobgood, part 2

As the Billabong Pro Tahiti approaches, the two surfers focus intensifies.
Surfers Jordy Smith and C.J. Hobgood are at two very different stages in their careers. Smith is still relatively new to the ASP world tour and is squarely in the hunt for a world title. Hobgood is nearing the end of his pro surfing career. But both are still hungry. Hungry for contest success, hungry for video clips, hungry to be the best surfers they can be. The second episode of 21 Days, follows Hobgood and Smith as they wrap up the US Open of Surfing and prepare for the next stop on the ASP world tour in Tahiti.

Greyson Fletcher is a really good juggler

Skateboarder shows off his skills at the US Open of Surfing.
The Hurley team had a very successful trip to the US Open of Surfing. Alejo Muniz won the men's surfing contest, Carissa Moore was the women's surf champion, and skater Greyson Fletcher finished second in the Van Doren Invitational bowl contest. Fletcher also showed that he is quite the juggler. So if this skating thing doesn't work out, he always has that to fall back on.