Ride the rail, wave, & crowd with ink: US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach

When it comes to the combination of surfing, skateboarding, live music, and little clothing, only one place comes to mind: Southern California. It comes as no surprise that the Nike US Open of Surfing is currently being held at Huntington Beach Pier through Sunday, August 5. With surfers in the waves, skaters on the rails, and singers on the stage, you are guaranteed to see a great variety of skin covered in ink.

As the day began, the first highlight was the skateboarding. From open skate for all to the serious pros, it was quite entertaining [and sort of scary!] to watch as the guys and girls mastered the concrete course designed in part by the Nike Skateboarding team. They must be fearless as they attempt the impressive tricks, wowing the crowd with every steady landing, and brushing off every seemingly painful fall as if it did not hurt at all. Big name skaters such as Sammy Baca (photo below courtesy of Thrasher Magazine) showed the little ones the ropes… or the rails and ramps.

When the skaters went to break, it was time for the surfers to take the spotlight. Lakey Peterson, 17, took the win today. With a name as cool and unique as ‘Lakey’ and an Olympian swimmer for a mother, it is safe to say she was born to rock the water. She proves that theory factual with the help of her surfboard. Find out more on this California native at her website, lakeypeterson.com. Her sponsors are Nike wetsuits, clothing, and footwear, Smith sunglasses, and Channel Islands surfboards.

It’s safe to say, and interestingly so, that it’s easier to find a tattooed skateboarder than a surfer. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that their beautifully defined bodies are covered with wetsuits the majority of the time. That is my guess. The crowd of fans was full of fun ink, though, head-to-toes in the hot sand.

For more information, updates, and scores, visit http://www.usopenofsurfing.com.

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