Yes, I know, the blockbuster event of the summer — the US Open of Surfing — is just a little more than two weeks from getting underway on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. But the biggest surfing event in the world isn't all that's taking place on our beaches these days.
Before we watch to find out if Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson can be the first in the men's pro division to win the US Open title three consecutive years, we have the 35th annual Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding at Aliso Beach Park in Laguna Beach on Saturday and Sunday.
Some of the best skimboarders in the world will be at Aliso Beach showing off some sick tricks that you probably have never seen — unless you've watched a lot of skimming lately.
Granted, that's not a lot of you.
But skimboarding has been around a while and has its roots in surfing. In fact, Tex Haines, a pioneer in skimboarding who owns Victoria Skimboards in Laguna Beach, said the sport's relative obscurity is not necessarily a bad thing and not necessarily something that can be overcome.