More and more girls, young women and even not-so-young women are surfing these days, so it stands to reason that the professional women are on the rise as well.
The US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach will have plenty of interesting storylines playing out when it gets underway July 30 on the south side of the pier.
There will be stories like H.B. local Brett Simpson's quest for an unprecedented third consecutive men's crown, and one more appearance — possibly his last — by Kelly Slater, who, at 39, is still ripping with the young guns.
It'll also be worth watching the best female surfers in the world, and not just because they are "surfing like guys."
The US Open is the final stop for the women on this year's Assn. of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, but there will be no drama as to who wins the ASP Women's World Title.