Photos: Surfers Shred Waves At This Year's Riot-Free U.S. Open In Huntington Beach
The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing closed out its nine-day competition on Sunday at Huntington Beach, where surfers rode some pretty sweet waves.
Tyler Wright, a 26-year-old from Australia, was the champion in the women's category. Brazil's 18-year-old Filipe Toledo, who's known for catching some major air, snagged first place in the men's competition. Folks carried him on their shoulders through the ocean waters when he won.
“I’m super stoked and excited,” Toledo said in a statement. “It was an amazing heat against Willian (Cardoso). He’s been surfing really well the whole competition. I just turned my game to the air game so I could do what I love to do and it worked. I had to surf though a lot of pain with my ankle (following a sprain in Africa) and just put it out of my mind. I felt comfortable in these conditions. I won the junior in 2011 and was just feeling confident throughout the week.”
This year's event was a little different from last year's which ended up with a riot breaking out, and more than 20 people getting arrested. Hoping to not having a repeat melee, there was no alcohol or live music was permitted at the event. Wah wuh.
Here are some highlights from the final day of surfing: