Things are beginning to really heat up at the Huntington Beach Pier.
Today marks the stretch run for the U.S. Open of Surfing presented by Hurley, Nike 6.0 and Converse, a four-day blitz of sports and entertainment action that will culminate with champions crowned and major prize money earned.
The nine-day event began Saturday and concludes Sunday.
The Assn. of Surfing Professionals' Prime Men's, six-star Women's, grade-2 Men's Junior Pro and grade-4 Women's Junior Pro competitions continue today and Friday leading up to the weekend semifinals and finals.
The dream was still alive Wednesday for 19-year-old Miguel Pupo, who made the trip to Surf City from his small hometown of Camburi in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to compete in both the U.S. Open Men and Men's Junior Pro. Pupo won the sixth heat of the day Wednesday to advance to today's heat action in the Men's round of 48. Also advancing was second-place Jeremy Flores of France.