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US Open of Surfing


Raucous pro surf competition and beach festival held each summer since 1994 on the south side of Huntington Beach Pier, in California. "If you want to see surfing at its most beautiful, go someplace remote like Indonesia," Daily Beast writer Mark Lukach said of the contest in 2013. "If you want to see surfing at its most dangerous, head to Mavericks. But if you want to see surfing at its most ugly and mass-consumed, head to the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington."

The debut US Open had a $13...