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Brett Simpson has home-break advantage in U.S. Open at Huntington Beach
Brett Simpson has home-break advantage in U.S. Open at Huntington Beach

Surfing, as he started out, was not the gig Brett Simpson thought it would be. He started late — he was already 12! — and so many of the kids his age were polished performers. He, on the other hand, was still challenged by the basics of standing up and catching a wave. Simpson's first competition didn't go well. Frustrated, he thew such a temper tantrum that his mother, Lynne, said she would never take him back to a surfing event. He knew what he wanted surfing to look like, though, and it wasn't just riding out a wave for as long as possible like other people his age. He imagined flying high off the wave and attempting tricks he knew were going to be tough...

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