Six local surfers to look out for at big Huntington contest – Orange County Register
While surfers are coming from around the world to compete at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Orange County surfers will be competing in front of a hometown crowd cheering from the pier and sand.
The event is a QS10,000 for the men, which means big points for surfers looking to boost their ratings on the qualifying series, points that can also help some surfers maintain or nab a spot on the World Tour. For the women, it’s a World Tour contest, meaning big points as they battle in the race for a world title.
There will be plenty of local surfers competing in the events, but here are the top six to keep an eye out for:
Tanner Gudauskas of San Clemente cuts off the top of a wave during his heat at the Oakley Lowers Pro surf contest at Lower Trestles in San Clemente Win 2015. (Photo by MARK RIGHTMIRE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTE/SCNG)
Kolohe Andino gets air on Saturday during Men, Round 4, Heat 8 at Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach in 2015. (Photo by KEN STEINHARDT, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/ SCNG)
Pat Gudauskas leaps off a wave during day 3 of Vans U.S. Open for Surfing at Huntington Beach in 2015. (Photo by KYUSUNG GONG, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Effort is seen on Kolohe Andino’s face as he works a wave during his opening heat at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach in 2014. (Photo by MICHAEL GOULDING, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/SCNG)
Kanoa Igarashi of Huntington Beach kicks up some water during his heat Thursday in the Hurley Pro held at Trestles at San Onofre State Beach. Igarashi won the heat. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Courtney Conlogue of Santa Ana surfs in her heat Thursday in the Swatch Women’s Pro held at Trestles at San Onofre State Beach. Conlogue won the heat. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Pro surfer Brett Simpson of Huntington Beach surfs during his heat in the Hurley Pro held at Trestles at San Onofre State Beach. Simpson finished second in his heat. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange…