U.S. Open of Surfing Go Back to Huntington Beach in September
The U.S. Open of Surfing has been marked as one of the most significant summer events in Orange County. With effect firing off towards the south of the Huntington Beach Pier, usually beginning in late July.
But, this year, most of the events will take place at the starting of fall.
World Surf League organizers announced Wednesday that the U.S. Open would turn Sept. 21-26 as part of a four-event Challenger Series.
Furthermore, the event in Huntington Beach will have a blast on the four-stop series. This also highlights Portugal from Oct. 2-10, France from Oct. 16-24, and Hawaii from November 25-Dec. 7.
“We’re thrilled to bring the Challenger Series to exist this year. These four events will not only implement an heightened showcase for the up and coming surfers. But, will also enable those who fail to retrain by the [Championship Tour] the possibility to show well and requalify for the 2022 Championship Tour”, stated Erik Logan, the World Surf League chief executive.
The U.S. Open of Surfing is the world’s largest professional action sports competition. It is also free to viewers and stars skateboarding and BMX biking events.
The event is undoubtedly an economic blessing for Huntington Beach. A Visit Huntington Beach study carried by Destination Analysis brought an estimated 375,000 attendees and produced $55.3 million of linear spending in 2018.
A preponderance of visitors (68%) was from outside the city, with 54% saying they were from Orange County.
Furthermore, it is reported that it remains to be seen if an event will pull the same capacity of the audience later in the year. The U.S. Open’s last weekend corresponds with the Grand Prix of Long Beach this year. And it is just a week before the Pacific Airshow, programmed for Oct. 1 to 3.
In recent years, local surfers have had the victory. Highlighted by Huntington Beach native Kanoa Igarashi winning the men’s event back to back in 2017 and 2018. Igarashi is preparing to represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics later this month.
In addition, Sage Hill School graduate Courtney Conlogue, from Santa Ana, is also a two-time U.S. Open women’s winner in 2009 and 2018.
The World Surf League declared that Challenger Series fields would include 96 men and 64 women. That consists of 34 men and 17 women from the Championship Tour. And, 58 men and 44 women allotted by the league’s areas, two men’s and women’s World Junior wild cards, and two men’s and one women’s wild card.
The 2021 Challenger Series rankings will comprise a surfer’s best three decisions out of five events, including their best 2020 qualifying series conclusion.
World Surf Tour senior vice president of tours and head of competition, Jessi Miley-Dyer, stated,
“This new level of competition will present a more comprehensive chance for [Championship Tour] requirement as well as provide perceptibility to the next generation of surfers. I can’t wait to witness who will qualify for the tour in 2022.”