Opening day kicks off Saturday with junior surfers, Stoke-o-Rama and festival on the sand – Orange County Register

Let the madness begin.

The junior surfers are set to hit the water early Saturday morning, and beachgoers will be filling in through the day as the U.S. Open of Surfing kicks off for the first of the nine-day event.

The event is just south of the Huntington Beach Pier and draws thousands of people to the sand. If you need a survivor’s guide to the event, check out the best place to eat, park, and more on what to expect for the action-sports festival. 

The first surfers hit the water at 8 a.m., with a few familiar names like San Clemente surfers Cole Houshman, Jett Schilling and Crosby Colapinto, all stand-out surfers on the amateur circuit.  The surf contest wraps up about 4 p.m.

Up the beach at 9th street, the Gudauskas brothers – Pat, Tanner and Dane – are hosting their Stoke-O-Rama event in conjunction with the U.S. Open, getting young surfers to hit the water. There will be plenty of stoke on the sand, stop by to say hi to the San Clemente pro surfers hosting the fundraising event.

In the festival area from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., check out a drawing workshop with artist Penelope Gazin in the Van Doren Village. There’s BMX Pro Cup Qualifiers Practice from 9 a.m. to noon, and top skaters will be practicing from about 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Steve Van Doren will be roasting up hot dogs and sliders at about noon each day, line up to get a free meal.

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