2013 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing Highlights
Amongst the massive crowd, 2013 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing champion Alejo Muniz is chaired up the beach by his tight crew of supporters.
Carissa Moore, Courtney Conlogue
Nothing but love and respect between the two women's finalists, Carissa Moore and Courtney Conlogue.
Alejo Muniz, Kolohe Andino
Kolohe Andino showers Alejo Muniz with $100,000 worth of glory.
Carissa Moore blasts her way to the U.S. Open victory Sunday and the top spot of the ASP World Tour ratings lead.
Kolohe Andino, Mike Parsons
En route to the final Kolohe Andino spent a lot of time listening to what his coach Mike Parsons has to say.
Ranked first in the world going into the Open, Tyler Wright looked like the lady to beat until she lost to Courtney Conlogue in the semifinals.
Steady and dangerous, that sums up Bede Durbidge's run through the U.S. Open. Making it all the way to the semifinals, he finally fell to Kolohe Andino.
France's Pauline Ado might ultimately end up playing a key role in the women's ASP world title race after beating Sally Fitzgibbons in the quarterfinals.
Kolohe Andino has been competing in surf contests in Huntington since he was 10 years old. Obviously, the experience paid off.
Huntington Beach, Calif.
A few hundred thousand fans were down on the beach during the final weekend of the U.S. Open, making it the biggest surf contest in mainland North America.
"To come out of that heat and beat Jordy, whatever else happens is a bonus," said Matt Banting, who beat Jordy Smith in the quarters and came into the Open ranked 92nd in the world.
While he would have loved to win the U.S. Open, it wasn't all for naught for Jordy Smith, who got engaged to his longtime girlfriend in the middle of the week.
"I'm just having fun and taking it one heat at a time," was Carissa Moore's go-to line after winning each heat. She obviously had bigger plans in mind.
When the quarterfinals rolled around Santa Cruz-bred Nat Young was one of only two Californians left in the draw. But Brazil's Alejo Muniz had his number and took him out early Sunday.
Always a crowd favorite, Hawaii's Coco Ho spreads some aloha in Huntington Beach.
A favorite in any event he surfs in, 11-time world champ Kelly Slater ended up losing early in the event. Lucky for Slater the Open carried no men's world title implications.
Huntington Beach, Calif.
On the final day of the U.S. Open it was standing room only Sunday on the iconic Huntington pier.
Tahitian Michel Bourez put on a powerful display all week, but was unplugged by Bede Durbidge in the quarters.
Courtney Conlogue put a lifetime of local knowledge to good use, beating Tyler Wright in the semifinals to make the final against Carissa Moore.
Hoping to qualify for the 2014 ASP World Tour, Australia's Mitch Crews put in an inspiring performance all week. He'd make a great addition to the tour if he makes it next year.