US Open of Surfing opens here

THE US OPEN of Surfing starts on Saturday in Huntington Beach (WSL photo).

There’s a new sponsor, but the long-time US Open of Surfing will return to Huntington Beach starting Saturday and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 6.

Now it’s the Wallex US Open of Surfing Presented by Pacifico and will feature world-class surfing, product demos and samples from action sports industry brands.

The event is free to the public and will be held on the sand south of the city pier.

The opening ceremony and blessing of the waves will be on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. An Air Force flyover will take place from 8 to 8:15 a.m.

The new sponsor, Wallex, is a digital payment platform, replacing Vans, which bowed out after the Huntington Beach City Council voted to not allow the LGBTQ “Pride” flag to be displayed at City Hall.

There’s more surfing action in Huntington Beach at that time. The 2023 Huntington Beach Longboard Classic will be conducted those days as well. All of this is under the sanction of the World Surf League.

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  1. You missed a very big event. As many of us local HB’ers would remember “The US Open” was originally “OP Pro”. It’s inaugural year was 1982, in which was won by no other than Austrailian surfer Cheyne Horan. (I later named my 1st son after him). Here we are 40 years later and Mr. Horan finds himself back in HB to be inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame. A much well deserved accomplishment. Cheyne is here already shaping surfboards if anyone’s interested in owing one you can find him on IG. The ceremony is Aug 3rd and it’s also the very 1st year they’re opening it up to the public. Of course you have to buy a ticket. But, it’s history.

  2. I’m thrilled to hear that the US Open of Surfing is back in Huntington Beach, even with a new sponsor! The Wallex US Open of Surfing Presented by Pacifico promises world-class surfing and exciting product demos. It’s great that this event remains free to the public, allowing everyone to enjoy the action. The opening ceremony and Air Force flyover sound like fantastic additions to kick things off. While it’s sad to see Vans go, it’s important that sponsors align with the values of inclusivity. I’m looking forward to catching all the thrilling surfing action and supporting the 2023 Huntington Beach Longboard Classic too! 🏄‍♂️🌊

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