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August 03, 2011

Huntington Beach: Watch the Planet's Best Wave Riders at the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing

By Marnie Hanel | sports

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Like the tremendous swells the competitors hope for, the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing rolls into town this week through August 7, taking over a 14-acre waterfront stretch in Huntington Beach, California. Event organizers predict that more than 500,000 people will attend the competition, making it the world's biggest surf festival. It's a free-for-all of fun, with BMX bikes, skateboards and new Nike gear. "Essentially, it's like action-sports Mardi Gras," event organizer James Leitz told the Los Angeles Times. While surfers make a run for the U.S. Open title, land fans can unwind with performances by MGMT, Jimmy Eats World and The Sounds in what's being billed as the largest summer concert of the year. Through August 7, no tickets required. Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, California; usopenofsurfing.com. usopenofsurfing.com.

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Going for the gold at Huntington Beach, California. Photo courtesy of Nike U.S. Open of Surfing

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