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Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France Happening Tomorrow

Posted by melissa kandel on October 7, 2017 in surfing | No Comments

If you’ve been following little word studio for a while, you know I’m a newly converted fan of surfing. Back in August, I had the chance to cover the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, which rolled in and out of Huntington Beach with due excitement, and the entire experience got me hooked. It’s a fairly […]

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You Might Not Know This About Surf Competitions …

Posted by melissa kandel on September 7, 2017 in surfing | No Comments

The casual observer of surf competitions might think they reflect the same “anything goes,” attitude of the surfers who compete among them. Let the ocean do as she’ll do and assess the wave-riders on their ability to navigate her capriciousness, right? Wrong.

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Vans US Open Day 9: USA Dominates

Posted by melissa kandel on August 7, 2017 in Huntington Beach, Orange County, surfing | No Comments

USA dominated during the home stretch of Vans US Open of Surfing. Sage Erickson (Ojai, Calif.) nabbed her first Championship Tour victory in a heated battle against Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb. With this clutch win on home-state turf, Erickson jumps from the No. 9 to No. 6 on the Jeep Leaderboard … and the nostalgia of […]

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Vans US Open Days 7 & 8: That Time I Got into VIP

He was tall and lanky with a dark whiff of a beard. If not for the logo emblazoned on his shirt, it would’ve been hard to know he was a beef jerky salesman at all. The woman next to him was upset, and understandably so. Her arms were crossed, brows knit, curly-haired head bowed disapprovingly […]

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Vans U.S. Open Day 6: Final Four Locked In & Ready

The waves tempered off as morning turned to afternoon in Huntington Beach but a three-to-five foot swell was enough for Vans U.S. Open of Surfing competitors to find their rhythm in the water. 

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Vans U.S. Open of Surfing Day 5: Just Keep Laughing

Posted by melissa kandel on August 3, 2017 in Huntington Beach, Sports, surfing | No Comments

The south side of Huntington Beach Pier saw four-to-five foot waves during day 5 of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing. Courtney Conlogue of Costa Mesa, CA, got competition off to a swift start with a quick win in Round 3 Heat 4 over three-time World Surf League Champion Carissa Moore of Honolulu. “Yesterday I […]

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Vans U.S. Open of Surfing Day 4: Clean Waves and French Upsets

The weather may have been a grayish overcast but the waves at Huntington Beach for day 4 of Vans U.S. Open of Surfing were clean, four-to-five foot gems, just right for the world’s surfing elite to perform and impress.

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Vans U.S. Open of Surfing: Days 1 and 2 with or without Wind

Posted by melissa kandel on August 1, 2017 in Huntington Beach, Sports, summer, surfing | 1 Comment

“Rhythm plays a big part in the surfing game,” said the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing announcer, a reflective wistfulness darkening his ever-spritely tone. The waves had calmed to a soft lull, lake-like and placid. “That’s the flow of the ocean,” he continued. “Some days you got it, some days it’s tough.”

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Vans U.S. Open Day 3: The Tale of a Near-Perfect Ride And More

High-performance surfing marked day 3 of the Vans U.S. Open as competitors reveled in a four-to-five-foot swell that filled the south side of Huntington Beach Pier. Events on tap for Monday included Rounds 1 and 2 of the Men’s Qualifying Series 10,000 and Women’s Championship Tour Trial. Jérémy Florès of France, winner of the 2010 […]

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