Quinn McCrystal is glad to be part of the big party again.
Last July he missed it, while Courtney Conlogue and Brett Simpson were the toast of it.
The upcoming U.S. Open of Surfing will be the third time McCrystal, a Huntington Beach High product, will compete in the U.S. Open Men's Junior Pro, a $10,000 Assn. of Surfing Professionals grade-two event.
The U.S. Open of Surfing launches Saturday and runs through Aug. 8, the day of the U.S. Open Men's Pro and U.S. Open Men's Junior Pro finals.
Like the others in his division, the 20-year-old former captain of the Huntington Beach High surf team has his eye on the big prize.
Rather than look too far ahead, McCrystal says he's focused on only the now.
"I'm taking it one heat at a time, although my goal is to make it to the final," he said. "Obviously, if I make the final, my goal would be to win it. That's the ultimate goal. But like I said, right now, it's one heat at a time."