I have been living in Huntington Beach, Califronia (Surf City USA) for some 39-years. I even graduated from HBHS, I won't say when, lets just say it was between '68 and '70. Having lived in HB for so many years, surfing has been an off and on activity of mine.
This past weekend I attended the U.S. Open of Surfing at the famous Huntington Beach Pier. The contest has been going on since 1959 when it was know as the United States Surfing Championships. It became the U.S. OP Pro in '73, then was changed to its current name U.S Open of Surfing in '94. The event has been known to attract some 200,000 people to the beach/pier . This year was no exception. Sunny skies, temps were in the 70's, with 3-4 ft. surf. More than 600 contestents took part in the week of prelim heats, and eliminations. The final championship heat paired Tim Boal from France against Nathaniel Curran from Oxnard. After the horn sounded and the judges votes were tallied, Nathaniel Curran was the winner of this years U.S. Open Championship. Bob Ryder