Hoping to avoid a repeat of the public violence that erupted at the end of last year's U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, officials say the event will be significantly scaled down and more tightly controlled when it kicks off on Friday.
There will be no live music stage or a public skate bowl, and alcohol sales and consumption will be barred, organizers said. There will also be fewer vendors, and police have taken "a lot of different steps" to bolster security, Chief Robert Handy said.
FOR THE RECORD
An earlier version of this post reported that there would not be a skate bowl at the U.S. Open of Surfing this year....