Brett Simpson is The $100,000 Man.
Just after noon Sunday, right about the time the sun began to break through the heavy overcast sky, the Huntington Beach native thrust his arms high into the air at the sound of the final horn, directing his triumphant pose toward the massive throng that packed the southside and top of the Huntington Beach Pier.
A sweeter sound there wasn't for the 25-year-old, a graduate of Huntington Beach High School: He had just won the coveted Men's title of the U.S. Open of Surfing presented by Hurley, Nike 6.0 and Converse, for a second straight year.
Simpson defeated South African Jordy Smith in the two-man final.
"This is stuff you probably don't even dream about," said Simpson, who was mobbed as he exited the water and then carried up the beach to his rightful place at center stage. "It's pretty unbelievable, unimaginable, really.