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HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA. -- FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015: Kolohe Andino of California surfs in Round 3, heat 7 of the 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach pier on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA. -- FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015: American surfer Kolohe Andino signs autographs and greets well-wishers after competing in round 3, heat 7 of the mens division during the 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach pier on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA. -- FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015: Deivid Silva of Brazil cuts across the pier while he surfs in the heat 1 of the Junior Men's quarterfinals of the 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach pier on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA. -- FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015: Jake Kelley of California surfs during the 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach pier on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA. -- FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015: Seth Moniz of Hawaii surfs in the heat 1 of the Junior Men's quarterfinals of the 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach pier on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times

Michael Rodrigues, of Brazil, does an aerial high over a wave to take first place during the mens round 3, heat 2 at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Large crowds line the beach during the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Courtney Conlogue, of Santa Ana, left, attempts to drop in on the same wave as Silvana Lima, of Brazil, during the Women's Round 3, Heat 3 at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Conlogue took second, Lima took third and Malia Manuel, not pictured, took first.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The Orange County Regional Mounted Enforcement Unit patrols the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Joan Duru, of France, does an aerial over a wave to place second during the mens round 3, heat 1 at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Kanoa Igarashi, of Huntington Beach, turns off a wave while shooting the pier for the second time from the south side to the north side, which earned him first place during the mens round 3, heat 3 at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Patrick Gudauskas, of San Clemente, throws some spray as he turns off a wave on the inside section during the mens round 3, heat 1 at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Talan Vodraska, 9, of Malibu, holds Ramzi Boukhiam's broken surfboard home after he broke it on a wave during the men's round 3, heat 5 at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Timmy Reyes, of Huntington Beach, turns off the top of one of the bigger set waves of the day to take first place in mens round 3, heat 4 competition at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., on July 29, 2015.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Michael Rodrigues, of Brazil, reacts to a cheering fan after taking first place during the mens round 3, heat 2 at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., on July 29, 2015.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Fans lay in the surf and cheer on surfer Steven Pierson after the mens round 3, heat 6 at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., on July 29, 2015.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Coco Ho of Hawaii loses her footing on the board, but placed second during the Women´s Round 3, Heat 2 at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., on July 29, 2015.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Ramzi Boukhiam carries what's left of his board after breaking it on a wave in the mens round 3, heat 5 at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., on July 29, 2015.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Two-time U.S. Open of Surfing champion Brett Simpson throws his fins out as he turns off the top of the wave to place third in his heat during the 2015 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Spectators watch women surfers compete during the 2015 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

World Champion surfer CJ Hobgood, who announced this will be his last U.S. Open, poses for photos and signs autographs after taking third in his preliminary heat during the 2015 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Mason Ho, of Hawaii, floats high across a wave, placing him fourth in his heat during the 2015 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A crowd of fans duck under umbrellas as they watch an upset in mens round 1, heat 12 as surfer Mitch Crews takes out current #1 Adriano de Souza during the 2015 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Kids run across the beach with a home-made sign cheering on two-time U.S. Open of Surfing champion Brett Simpson during the 2015 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Two-time U.S. Open of Surfing champion Brett Simpson waves to a cheering supporter after signing autographs and taking photos after his heat during the 2015 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Mason Ho, of Hawaii, does an aerial over wave, placing him fourth in his heat during the 2015 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The Knight family from San Ramon take a photo together in front of a giant banner at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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