It's said that all good things must come to an end.
Late Wednesday morning at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier, Brett Simpson's two-year reign did just that.
The Huntington Beach athlete was among the Men's Prime Draw, Round 1 heat competitors on day four of the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing, but did not advance after placing third (10.24 score) in a heat headed by two young hotshots: first-place Thiago Camarao of Brazil, who won with a 13.17 score, and John John Florence of Hawaii, who finished second (12.26). Davey Cathels of Australia was fourth (7.00).
The top two finishers in each heat advance in the competition.
There will be no three-peat for the disappointed Simpson, who gave his board a quick pound with his right fist after the horn sounded to end his 30-minute heat.
He found no break at his home break.
"I made a mistake on a wave that I had a good opportunity on," said Simpson, who, despite being frustrated with his performance, showed his usual class by smiling and posing for photos with well-wishing fans as he exited the water. "You don't get a ton of opportunities out there, so you need to take advantage of what's there."