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2015 VANS US Open of Surfing Review and Recap

October 01, 2015

Eavesdropping from the second floor of Java Point will tell you everything you need to know about the 2015 US Open of Surfing. For five straight days following the event I sat up there, 20 oz mocha in hand, inconspicuously listening to the 6 AM dawn patrol crowd spill in to chat with the shopkeep about what they did or did not miss. Most of them had returned from a weekend pilgrimage, a tradition for many locals looking to escape the event that turns their beloved beach town into a circus. They inquired about the affair, looking for validation for fleeing the scene. The consensus from across the counter of both the cafe and retail space shared within Huntington Surf & Sport was the same - it was pleasantly quiet. As quiet as any event drawing 700,000 spectators can be, that is.

I may be repeating my US Open wrap-up from 2014, a year after the riot, because the mayhem of 2013 still looms over the World Surf League (WSL), even though it has been 730 days since VANS took over and calmed things down. But the fact is, the US Open of Surfing has changed. For the better? As far as the locals and visitors with families are concerned - a resounding YES.  

This year, I thought I’d let the pictures do the talking. Keep scrolling for a peek at not just the 2015 US Open of Surfing, but a prediction of what this event will look like for the near years to come.

VANS US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach

The crowds, and branded umbrellas, were out in full force for the final weekend of the event. No elbow room on the pier and as the AM turned into the afternoon there was no place to lay your beach towel.

VANS let it be known that 2015 was a family affair, and Disney got in on the action. They contributed with this quiver display outside of the VANS retail tent.

VANS US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach

The Samsung tent was a big draw. US Open village attendees lined up to try on the VR head gear, hop on topsy turvy surfboard decks, and ride virtual barrels. Once done, fans got to share their experience on their favorite social network and receive some Samsung swag in return.

US Open of Surfing Koralac Backpack

US Open of Surfing 2015 mascots? Not quite. One of the more eye-catching promos on site was the Koraloc Surfboard Carrying Backpack system.

VANS US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach

Beachfront photographers snapping yet another (and another) pic of competition favorite Felipe Toledo doing another (and another) air reverse. In the end, the redundancy cost him in the semis. Instead, Japan's Hiroto Ohhara won the event. His excitement yet humble demeanor was infectious as the crowd of 500,000+ congratulated Hiroto with open arms. 

US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach Police Horse

Nothing to see here folks. The Huntington Beach Police Department, on horseback, kept a tight lid on the shenanigans without impeding upon the good natured good times of the event.

The day after. We'll see you at the 2016 US Open of Surfing.

Wish You Were Here - Marcus Maraih, Editor, YAHglobal.Com

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