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10 reasons to love 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing

#1 Rad O.C. Local Surfers
#1 Rad O.C. Local Surfers
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If you haven't made it out to the 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing, you still have one more day to experience the raddest surfing event on the ASP Tour. What makes it so rad? Glad you asked...

#1 Rad O.C. Local Surfers
#1 Rad O.C. Local Surfers C.Lallande / P. La Bella

#1 Rad O.C. Local Surfers

Oh and there were plenty, including former US Open Women's Champion and Sage Hill Alumna Courtney Colongue and San Clemente's Kolohe Andino.

#2 Rad Judges
#2 Rad Judges P. La Bella

#2 Rad Judges

Dakota Roche is a BMX pro, X-Games medal winner and Huntington Beach legend. This year, Dak traded in the bowl for the judge's box, putting his BMX knowledge to good use by judging the Van Doren BMX Invitational.

#3 Rad Skaters
#3 Rad Skaters P. La Bella

#3 Rad Skaters

Not only did Vans introduce us to the sickest bowl competition in years, they also brought back Women's Vert and some of the biggest names in skating today such as SoCal's Curren Caples.

#4 Rad Past Winners
#4 Rad Past Winners C.Lallande / P. La Bella

#4 Rad Past Winners

Huntington Beach hometown hero Brett Simpson, Julian Wilson and 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater are just a few past winners who you can see at the 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing.

#5 Rad O.C. Local BMX Pros
#5 Rad O.C. Local BMX Pros P. La Bella

#5 Rad O.C. Local BMX Pros

No one can beat the unique style of Huntington Beach local Mike "Hucker" Clark or the skillfulness of Yorba Linda's Pat Casey. No one!

#6 Rad Concerts!
#6 Rad Concerts! Brandon Means

#6 Rad Concerts!

The US Open of Surfing hosted the largest free concert stage of the summer and featured performances by Modest Mouse, The Faint and Twin Shadow – Plus Huntington Beach native, Matt Costa and emerging artist, FMLYBND.

#7 Rad People!
#7 Rad People! P. La Bella

#7 Rad People!

From knowledgeable surf gurus to clueless pre-teens, there's something for everyone at the US Open and most everyone is pretty chill. Hey, it is Huntington after all!

#8 Rad Vendors
#8 Rad Vendors P. La Bella

#8 Rad Vendors

The usual suspects were in force – Red Bull, Tilly's, Pacifico. But appearances by Taylor Guitar, Fiat, and Sector 9 (to name a few) made the US Open a unique shopping and information spectacle.

#9 Rad Coverage
#9 Rad Coverage P. La Bella

#9 Rad Coverage

Entertaining announcers, JumboTron replays, and continual social media feeds, helped make the 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing one of the best fan-friendly events of the summer!

#10 Rad Pro Juniors
#10 Rad Pro Juniors C.Lallande

#10 Rad Pro Juniors

Oh sure, every surf contest has their juniors, but the US Open really has juniors. These kids are like junior Juniors. they're like toddlers on water! Pay attention to O.C. locals 13-year old Meah Collins and 15-year old Kanoa Igarashi – they're the future of pro surfing!