After last year's melee-ending riot by a few out-of-control revelers, Vans is cleaning up the image of the surfing festival this year by putting the focus on family and community.
Not only will the US Open of Surfing host the world’s best surfing, skateboarding and BMX action, they will join Huntington Beach in celebrating 100 Years of Surfing with art exhibits and movie night.
The event will feature Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) men’s and women’s competitions, the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational, and Van Doren Invitational Skate and BMX contests as well as family activities including movie nights and art exhibitions.
“This is an important year for the Vans US Open of Surfing, the City of Huntington Beach, and the sport of surfing," said James Leitz, Senior Vice President of IMG, owners and operators of the event. "We are thrilled to celebrate 100 years of surfing in Huntington Beach with this iconic and globally recognized surf, skate and youth festival. Surf heritage, youth culture and the beach lifestyle are alive and well at the Vans US Open of Surfing.”
In 2013, the Vans US Open of Surfing saw surfers Alejo Muniz (Brazil) and Carissa Moore (Hawaii) crowned champions in tough competition from the world's top surfers.
Vans US Open of Surfing is a pivotal point on the Men’s ASP Qualification Series and Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT).
For the men, a win here will earn them valuable points toward a coveted Top 10 QS ranking. And for the women, with a close race for the ASP World Title, the Vans US Open of Surfing marks a key midseason stop on the Women’s WCT.
Alongside the ASP QS and WCT competition, will be the always popular ASP Pro Junior men and women, prepping the field for a spot in the coveted ASP World Junior Championships.
Exciting surf exhibitions will also feature fan favorite, the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational, an innovative surf series that showcases the expressive style and creativity of longboarding in its purest aesthetic form.
SKATEBOARDING & BMX
The Vans US Open also brings back the Van Doren Invitational – the most anticipated BMX and skateboarding bowl competition of the summer.
Converging in the center of the nation’s largest action sports festival, the Van Doren Invitational challenges the world’s finest crew of Pro and Amateur bowl riders to step up in one glorious all-cement playground, the Vans Pro Bowl. The biggest names go for broke August 1-3 for their share of more than $135,000 in prize money and top honors in the most premier skateboarding and BMX events in the Open’s history.
100 YEARS OF SURFING
For the time in between the competitions, Vans has put a special focus on the 100 Years of Surfing in Huntington Beach celebration, and other family-friendly activities such as the Van Doren Village, the Art and Soul of Surfing exhibit at the Huntington Beach Art Center, a free and public showing of Vans’ newest surf film Get-N Classic Vol. 3, and family movie nights.
All events are free and open to the public and can be viewed daily on the live webcast. CBS Sports will also air two live one-hour wrap up shows throughout the course of the event. The surfing event will also be broadcast internationally, bringing the live action to more than 110 countries around the globe.