Upwards of 700,000 will people pour into this sunny SoCal beach town to watch the world’s best surfers compete against one another in the Vans US Open of Surfing. For the annual Huntington Beach surf competition 2018 is expected to be a stellar year – with both rising and established stars promising to dominate the waves and deliver jaw-dropping performances. It’s an event you don’t want to miss.
Named one of the best events for surf addicts, the US Open in Huntington Beach is one of the world’s premiere surfing events. The Vans Open is a phenomenon. It’s chaotic, boisterous, and you can expect to see plenty of colorful characters in among the massive Huntington Beach US Open of Surfing crowds.
Aside from your typical surf fans, street performers, Californians hailing from all over the state, beach bunnies with their heavily tattooed boyfriends, and people who could only be categorized by miscellaneous also come to watch Vans US Open surfing. Alas, you have to take the good with the bad and it wouldn’t be the world’s largest surfing event without such charismas to join us.
The World Surf League (WSL) is pleased to announce that the Vans US Open of Surfing 2018 in Huntington
Not surprising to surfers, the most exciting heats of US Open surfing usually take place early in the morning before the wind kicks in. Arrive early and stake a claim to the stadium seats, beachfront area, or stand on top of the Huntington Beach Pier for a unique view of the contest.
Accommodation tends to fill up far in advance, and parking can be chaotic with hundreds of cars competing for the same spot. When choosing a place to stay, opt for somewhere as close as possible to the Huntington Beach Pier, where the US Open of Surfing will be taking place. That way, you can be near the action without having to brave the traffic. And with all the early morning surfing competition to watch, you’ll be grateful for the short commute.
Huntington Beach is plagued by parking meters and two-hour parking limits. During the Vans US Open, congestion is rampant. Bring or rent a bicycle to explore the area, especially if you arrive late and have to park far away. Though many contest-goers use a skateboard as transport, it will be annoying to carry throughout the day and is susceptible to getting stolen.
Aside from the iconic surf competition, the Vans US Open of Surfing also hosts skateboarding contests, BMX events, live music, fashion shows, brand booths where you can score free swag, and much more.
Also, be sure to cross Pacific Coast Highway, to stroll along the stars of the Surfing Walk of Fame. Every year during the Vans US Open surfing luminaries like Kelly Slater, Laird Hamilton and Stephanie Gilmore are named to the Walk of Fame, or inducted into the nearby Hall of Fame – worth a visit if you love surf culture and history.
Where to watch the Vans US Open 2018:
400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, California
US Open of Surfing 2018 Dates:
July 30 – August 05, 2018
US Open Surfing Schedule:
(event times TBA)
Get a feel for the vibe. Here’s the Vans US Open of Surfing 2017 Finals Highlights video:
Video by worldsurfleague
For more information, head to The Ultimate Guide to the Vans US Open of Surfing