Flashbacks of the US OPEN

The US OPEN, Surf City’s favorite time of year.  (That’s a lie, we prefer July 4th). This holiday is still pretty rad because it brings in hundreds of competitive surfers and also hundreds of thousands of crowds – who all wear close to nothing. These crowds can be respectable, they can say nice things and throw their trash away, they can drink in moderation and look both ways before crossing the street, but all these things would require too much effort. Instead the youthful crowds practice all of the skills not learned in school and growing up. They throw off all of their clothes, paint their bodies with suggestive words, and run their own competition to see who can be the most obscene; which translates to who can have the most mother lovin’ fun.

Being a local at an age slightly higher than the average US OPEN attendee, perhaps I am being rude and underapprectiative of the next flock of young adults. But really, perhaps they are being rude and need to realize this is a public beach – not Spring Break Gone Wild!!! For the past few years the US OPEN was brought on by Hurley – a part of Nike. This year the US OPEN is hosted by VANS, we are excited about this because VANS is used to the crowds of WARPED TOUR, and they are native to Orange County – holding our reputation closer to heart. Their goal is to keep the crowds more under control, and more family friendly.

With that being said, excuse me while I drink my prune juice, let out my curlers, and yell at the crazy hooligans down the street. 

Below are some blasts from the past, these photos are snapshots of the past 4 years of the US OPEN. A glimpse of the epic crowds and surf. Come back for more this weekend when I share current photos after attending.

And remember, I can complain all I want but I am still going to enjoy the experience of free concerts and free crowd watching entertainment! The best advice I can give here is enter with low expectations, come out satisfied. 

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Related Content:  VANS US Open Announces Largest Free Concert Of The Summer 

 

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Who What Wear | 4th of July

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Happy Independence day Y’all!  Today is my favorite holiday.

I love it because: It is a nationwide holiday where we all go outside, ride bikes, swim, barbecue, eat, drink, be merry, celebrate our country, and at the end of the day we watch fireworks or set off our own.

I also love it because unlike other national holidays:  There is no stressful build up, no extreme forms of gift giving, no one has to feel excluded because the parties are often open invite, if you want to dress up- red white and blue/stars and stripes is super easy because these are naturally closet staples, and the food is usually potluck style so you just have to bring the one thing you’re good at and know people will like it.

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I live in Huntington Beach, Surf City USA.  One of the best places to celebrate for good reason. They close off Pacific Coast Highway and have a 5k run, followed by a parade.  Festivities occur downtown all day, the streets become covered in bikes and lemonade stands, and the day ends with a firework show over the famous Huntington Beach Pier. Admission is free, most people arrive on bike, and a large majority of the city ends up attending so you are guaranteed to run into old friends.

I spent my day doing the above, sharing the day with friends and family, remembering that we live in a great place, and are part of a great country.

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My good friend Lauren dressed up like our flag and I was obsessed with how adorable she looked, let’s call it The American Flag Undone – her shirt being the stripes and her baseball cap being the stars. We both sported the American favorite: denim shorts and white tennies. I love my chuck taylors and wear them any chance I get. While Lauren’s bold outfit was very statement making, I went a little more subtle and tied up an American flag handkerchief in my hair.  I think she wore it better.

A few more pictures of our day in Surf City. America, we salute thee!

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Cheers to Bloody ‘Merica!

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Biking Down PCH.

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Going on stage, Lauren answers Huntington Beach themed questions right and wins a t-shirt.

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Lounging by the pier.

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Our view of the show.

Gotta love Huntington Beach. ❤

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