Opening Days At The 2014 Vans US Open Of Surfing

posted by / ASP, Photos / July 29, 2014

A right, a left and a competitor in red who refuses to even look.

A right, a left and a competitor in red who refuses to even look.

The morning shift.

The morning shift.

Miguel Pupo has a hot coffee. His girlfriend is in good health — probably no fever — and is therefore not very hot. She’s quite pretty though.

Miguel Pupo has a hot coffee. His girlfriend is in good health — probably no fever — and is therefore not very hot. She’s quite pretty though.

Miggy.

Miggy.

Waxing a board never looked so good. Alessa Quizon.

Waxing a board never looked so good. Alessa Quizon.

Mitch Crews isn’t having the best year on the WCT. But with tail-high hucks like this, he’ll surely be re-qualifying via one tour or another.

Mitch Crews isn’t having the best year on the WCT. But with tail-high hucks like this, he’ll surely be re-qualifying via one tour or another.

The art of paddling with Timothy Reyes.

The art of paddling with Timothy Reyes.

Remember when Timmy was on the ‘CT? Well, the dude just won a Prime in South Africa and is looking sturdy in his hometown of HB. I see you, 2015 tour.

Remember when Timmy was on the ‘CT? Well, the dude just won a Prime in South Africa and is looking sturdy in his hometown of HB. I see you, 2015 tour.

Jesse Mendes.

Jesse Mendes lost in Round 1 by .06 to CJ Hobgood and Ezekiel Lau. This is what it looked like.

A friendly chuckle with Micheal Dunphy, Nat Young, Nic Hdez and Kolohe Andino.

A friendly chuckle with Micheal Dunphy, Nat Young, Nic Hdez and Kolohe Andino.

Josh Kerr is in it for punts, not for the points.

Josh Kerr is in it for the punts, not for the points.

Tanner Gudauskas.

Tanner Gudauskas...

Gu-dang!

Gu-dang!

Mason Ho floats with a drawn-on track top.

Mason Ho floats with a drawn-on track top.

Kolohe Andino gets that one more on the inside. We’re pretty sure his track top is real.

Kolohe Andino gets that one more on the inside. We’re pretty sure his track top is real.

When Kolohe Andino was a grom surfing NSSAs in Huntington, he probably dreamt that he’d one day be signing autographs at the US Open. Now that he’s signing autographs at the US Open, he’s probably nostalgic about the days when he could just stroll up the beach after a heat — the sand is always softer on the other side of the pier.

When Kolohe Andino was a grom surfing NSSAs in Huntington, he probably dreamt that he’d one day be signing autographs at the US Open. Now that he’s signing autographs at the US Open, he’s probably nostalgic about the days when he could just stroll up the beach after a heat — the sand is always softer on the other side of the pier.

Peterson Crisanto and the best air of the event thus far.

Peterson Crisanto and the best air of the event thus far.

The waves in Huntington Beach don’t exactly favor Dane Reynolds, but his surfing doesn’t beg for favors.

The waves in Huntington Beach don’t exactly favor Dane Reynolds, but his surfing doesn’t beg for favors.

Hey handsome.

Hey handsome.

Julian Wilson, camera shy.

Julian Wilson, camera shy.

Stephanie Gilmore and Brett Simpson and… your eyes never left Steph, did they?

Stephanie Gilmore and Brett Simpson and… your eyes never left Steph, did they?

We’ve said it before, might as well say it again. Matt Banting will qualify for the WCT. Probably this year.

We’ve said it before, might as well say it again. Matt Banting will qualify for the WCT. Probably this year.

Cory Arrambide, part 1.

Cory Arrambide, part 1.

And Cory Arambide, part 2. This man has a reason to be pumped — his sole sponsor is a banana company. Godspeed, Cory.

And Cory Arambide, part 2. This man has a reason to be pumped — his sole sponsor is a banana company. Godspeed, Cory.

The man, the myth, the romantic muse of our estranged Online Editor: Willian Cardoso.

The man, the myth, the romantic muse of our estranged Online Editor: Willian Cardoso.

Jordy Smith apparently forgot that he’s 6’2” and weighs nearly 200 pounds. And there goes everyone else’s excuse.

Jordy Smith apparently forgot that he’s 6’2” and weighs nearly 200 pounds. And there goes everyone else’s excuse.

There’s a reason Stephanie Gilmore has won five world titles. This is it.

There’s a reason Stephanie Gilmore has won five world titles. This is it.

Chris Cote can and will make anyone laugh. Just ask Carissa Moore.

Chris Cote can and will make anyone laugh. Just ask Carissa Moore.


All Photos: Jimmicane

They said it wouldn’t be as crazy. No concerts. More of a police presence. A focus back on the surfing. But reputations don’t just die over the course of the year, and the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing is already one of the weirdest, wildest and most fun showings in the history of the event. Teenagers are finding new, innovative ways to embarrass their entire gene pool via the English language and body paint. The crowd is as eccentric as ever. And the unpredictable heats won’t cease — Alex Ribeiro beating Dane Reynolds, Conner Coffin and Alejo Muniz? Totally saw that coming… The waves have been strangely fun and everything else has been just plain strange. Ah, it’s good to be back. Keep checking in, because we’ll be bringing you the triumphs and tribulations from all shades of the US Open. It’s going to get weird. But after all, that’s what makes this event beautiful.

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