Huge Waves And Large Crowds At U.S. Open Of Surfing In Huntington Beach


PETER: SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST SURFERS ARE HERE IN THE SOUTHLAND COMPETING FOR THE CHANCE TO BE NUMBER ONE IN THEIR SPORT. THE EVENT IS MORE THAN JUST AN ELITE SURF COMPETITION, SKATEBOARDERS AND BMX RIDERS ALSO DISPLAYING SKILLS. ELSA: CBS 2’S JOY BENEDICT SPENT THE DAY AT HUNTINGTON BEACH. REPORTER: IT WAS A WARM WELCOME ON THE WARM DAY AS THOUSANDS FLOCKED TO THE COAST TO SEE THE SURFERS HIT THE WAVES. YOU GET TO WATCH, LIKE, THESE PRO SURFERS CATCH THESE WAVES AND DO TRUCKS. RELATER: IT’S AN OFTEN YULE EVENT FOR THESE SISTERS. IT’S A LOT OF FUN AND JUST EXCITING, AND TO SEE ALL THESE AMAZING SURFERS, LIKE, INSPIRES ME TO GET BETTER AND BETTER. REPORTER: ABOUT 200 SURFERS IN ALL HIT THE WATER FOR THIS NINE-DAY EVENT. THE VANS U.S. OPEN OF SURFING FEATURES THREE COMPETITIONS; MEN’S QUALIFYING ROUND, WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR AND THE PRO-JUNIOR TOUR. AND IT TURNED SUR CITY USA INTO A FESTIVAL. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU LOOK DOWN THE BEACH, AND YOU HAVE TO LOOK FOR SAND. REPORTER: FANS LINED THE PIER FOR A GOOD SEAT ON DAY TWO AS SURFERS TRIED TO STAY IN THE COMPETITION. IT IS FUN, THERE ARE SOME NICE WAVES TODAY. A SWELL CAME THROUGH AND, YEAH, THE WAVES ARE ABOUT HEAD HIGH. REPORTER: SMALLER THAN WHAT THIS SURFER FROM SOUTH AFRICA IS USED TO. IS IT HARDER TO SURF HERE ON THE SMALLER WAVES? IT REQUIRES MORE EFFORT AND JUST PRACTICE REALLY. THE WAVES ARE A LOT FASTER, SO YOU HAVE TO FIT IN YOUR MANEUVERS QUICKER. I THINK IT’S A ATHLETICISM. THEY’VE GOT TO WORK IT, AND YOU’LL SEE THEM BOUNCING AND JUMPING AND TURNING AND, YEAH, I THINK THE SKILL SET IS AMAZING. REPORTER: AND FOR THOSE WHO PREFER THEIR TRICKS ON THE LAND, THERE IS A SKATEBOARDING COMPETITION TOO; A WIN FOR THE FANS, THE ATHLETES AND SURF CITY. IT BRINGS PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HERE, WHICH IS I AWESOME. IT’S INCREDIBLE FOR OUR CITY. REPORTER: BUT THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THESE COMPETITIONS. IN FACT, MOST OF THE FINALS ARE TAKING PLACE NEXT WEEKEND, SO THERE IS STILL PLENTY OF TIME TO TO GET DOWN HERE AND ENJOY HUNTINGTON BEACH ON ONE OF THE BEST WEEKS OF THE YEAR.

Antonio Breitenberg

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