10 Best Photos From The US Open Of Surfing

Kelly Slater moments before a huge heat against one of the only guys on the World Tour who can stop him—Taj Burrow. As witnessed by this moment, Kelly had to mentally prepare for the battle which he ultimately won by the narrowest of margins. Photo: Checkwood
Kelly Slater moments before a huge heat against one of the only guys on the World Tour who can stop him—Taj Burrow. As witnessed by this moment, Kelly took the time to mentally prepare for the battle which he ultimately won by the narrowest of margins. Photo: Checkwood

Normally equated with crummy surf and more "Huntington Hops" than tube rides, this year, the US Open was once again blessed with excellent surf and light winds the entire event. Taj Burrow. Photo: Checkwood
Normally equated with crummy surf and more "Huntington Hops" than tube rides, this year, the US Open was once again blessed with excellent surf and light winds the entire event. Taj Burrow. Photo: Checkwood

2011 Nike US Open Of Surfing Champion and women's World Tour runner up Sally Fitzgibbons floats to victory in the Huntington Beach Pier shorebreak. The shorey is unlike anywhere else and really allows surfers the chance to finish a ride with some real flair. Photo: jackenglish.com
2011 Nike US Open Of Surfing Champion and 2011 Women's World Tour runner up Sally Fitzgibbons floats to victory in the Huntington Beach Pier shorebreak. The shorey is unlike anywhere else and really allows surfers the chance to finish a ride with some real flair. Photo: jackenglish.com

Alejo Muniz (pictured here) and the Brazilian contingent were the hype of the US Open, and deservedly so, but despite Alejo's high-flying antics, the best finish by a Brazilian was by unheralded grom Filipe Toledo who won the Nike Pro Junior. Photo: Checkwood
Alejo Muniz (pictured here) and the Brazilian contingent were the hype of the early rounds at the US Open, and deservedly so, but despite Alejo's high-flying antics, the best finish by a Brazilian was by unheralded grom Filipe Toledo who won the Nike Pro Junior. Photo: Checkwood

With his relaxed and skateboarding influenced style, John John Florence was one of the most exciting surfers to watch during the 2011 US Open and despite a loss to rival-in-the-making Kolohe Andino, Florence made major headway in sealing a spot on the World Tour for himself. Photo: Photo: Checkwood
With his relaxed and skate-influenced style, John John Florence was one of the most exciting surfers to watch during the 2011 US Open and despite a loss to rival-in-the-making Kolohe Andino, Florence made major headway in sealing a spot for himself on the World Tour. Photo: Photo: Checkwood

Lakey Peterson was simply on fire during the 2011 Nike US Open Of Surfing. The Santa Barbaran sensation scalped Women's World Champion Carissa Moore on her way to a runner up finish in the big girls event and won the Nike Pro Junior by sticking big airs under the pier. Photo: Jackenglish.com
Lakey Peterson was simply on fire during the 2011 Nike US Open Of Surfing. The Santa Barbaran sensation scalped Women's World Champion Carissa Moore on her way to a runner up finish in the big girls event and won the Nike Pro Junior by sticking big airs under the pier. Photo: Jackenglish.com

After a fifteen-year hiatus from the winner's podium at Huntington Beach, Kelly Slater seemed to have a personal vendetta against anyone or any wave that stood in his way to a US Open title. At 39-years old Kelly remains at the top of his game. Photo: Checkwood
After a fifteen-year hiatus from the winner's podium at Huntington Beach, Kelly Slater seemed to have a personal vendetta against anyone or any wave that stood in his way to a US Open title. At 39-years old Kelly remains at the top of his game. Photo: Checkwood

While most of today's youth are focused on doing air reverse after air reverse, Conner Coffin's power infused lines and smooth style are a refreshing break from the norm. Photo: jackenglish.com
While most of today's youth are focused on doing air reverse after air reverse, Conner Coffin's power infused lines and smooth style are a refreshing break from the norm. Photo: jackenglish.com

After bailing on the last couple of ASP World Tour events, US Open surf fans were beyond psyched to see Dane Reynolds surf live. And while his blog is entertaining, there's nothing like seeing "The Reluctant Messiah" rip the guts out of HB in the flesh. Photo: jackenglish.com
After bailing on the last couple of ASP World Tour events, US Open surf fans were beyond psyched to see Dane Reynolds surf live. And while his blog is entertaining, there's nothing like seeing "The Reluctant Messiah" rip the guts out of HB in the flesh. Photo: jackenglish.com

Even after all these years (and even more major contest wins) Kelly Slater still has the fire and passion that makes him the greatest surfer ever. Congrats on another win Champ. Photo: jackenglish.com
Even after all these years (and even more major contest wins) Kelly Slater still has the fire and passion that makes him the greatest surfer ever. Congrats on another win Champ. Photo: jackenglish.com