Going with the flow.
That's the way Brett Simpson is approaching this year's U.S. Open of Surfing.
Simpson has been at the top of his game at his home break the last two years, winning the coveted Men's title consecutively.
The 26-year-old Huntington Beach High School graduate and Surf City resident begins his quest for a three-peat early next week when the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing launches nine days of action sports competition Saturday at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.
Winning the world's largest surfing competition is something one never forgets. Doing it twice, and in back-to-back years, is rare air. It put Simpson in the company of Rob Machado (1995, 2001, 2006) and the late Andy Irons (1998, 2005) to have won the Open more than once.
His approach to this year's competition seemed pretty laid-back just days before he was to surf his first heat.