Imagine that the sun's out and one of the most anticipated surfing events in Southern California is almost upon us. Yes, the U.S. Open of Surfing is coming to Huntington Beach and begins its epic nine-day run Saturday with Courtney Conlogue and Huntington Beach's Brett Simpson both set to defend their titles against the world's best surfers.
The $250,000 Men's Prime division has the highest purse among similar events: It features at $100,000 first-place prize and offers 6,500 points to the winner — which is huge amount, since the world tour will soon trim down to the top 32 surfers in the world.
Simpson will defend last year's title against the likes of Mick Fanning, from Australia; Taj Burrow, Australia; former three-time world champion Andy Irons, Hawaii; and C.J. Hobgood, Florida, along with the next generation of surfing superstars: Dane Reynolds, from California, and current No. 1-rated surfer Jordy Smith, the South African fresh off of his first world tour victory at the Billabong Pro, held at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.