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U.S. Open of Surfing opens with big crowds but small waves

The annual extravaganza — which features the best of the best on the ASP World Tour, in addition to concerts, skateboarding events and more — kicked off Saturday at the H.B. Pier and runs through Aug. 5.

July 28, 2012
  • Thousands crowd the shoreline as they take in the scene during opening day of the U.S. Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier on Saturday.
Thousands crowd the shoreline as they take in the scene… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

The U.S. Open of Surfing kicked off Saturday at the Huntington Beach Pier with plenty of sunshine but small waves. Junior men surfed their first and second rounds Saturday, and the men's qualifying rounds begin Sunday, along with the junior women's event.

An Assn. of Surfing Professional event, the U.S. Open has registered 30 of the top 32 Men's ASP World Tour surfers. The contest runs through Aug. 5. Next to the pier is a small village of exhibitors, skate parks, a concert stage and bleachers to watch the waves.

Conditions Sunday are expected to be similar: 1- to 2-foot high waves, with west wind reaching up to 10 miles per hour in the late afternoon.

— Mike Reicher

Twitter: @mreicher

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