Alejo Muniz celebrates his win
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Vans US Open of Surfing 2013

Alejo Muniz celebrates his win
Brazilian surfer Alejo Muniz is hoisted off the sand as he celebrates his win at the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carissa Moore
Women’s final winner Carissa Moore is carried to the awards platform at the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Brazilian surfer Alejo Muniz
Brazilian surfer Alejo Muniz holds up his nation’s flag after winning the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
The winner
Brazilian surfer Alejo Muniz competes in the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Muniz later won the competition. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Big turnout
Thousands gather at the Huntington Beach pier as surfers compete in the Vans US Open of Surfing. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Flocking to the beach
Crowds gather for the action. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Derrik Kapalla
Derrik Kapalla of Sharper Studios shapes a surfboard. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Modest Mouse concert
A woman surfs the crowd during the Modest Mouse concert. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Kelly Slater
Kelly Slater, an 11-time world champion, rides a wave in the men’s third-round competition. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Headliner
Kelly Slater runs up the beach after competing in his third-round heat. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Vincent Duvignac
Vincent Duvignac of France rides a wave during third-round action at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Hodei Collazo
Surfer Hodei Collazo stretches on the beach before his third-round heat. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
He’s on cloud canine
Peanut rides in his customized bike trailer driven by Ray and Marge Hernandez of Riverside, who were attending the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing competition in Huntington Beach. (Allen Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Picture perfect
C.J. Hobgood poses for a picture with a fan after competing in the third round. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Kolohe Andino
Kolohe Andino of San Clemente completes a maneuver during third-round action. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Charles Martin
Charles Martin stretches under the pier before competing in the men’s third round. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Dax McGill surfs in the semifinals
Dax McGill of Hawaii starts a bottom turn during the junior women’s semifinals of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
U.S. Open of Surfing draws big crowds
Crowds gather near the Huntington Beach Pier for the surfing contest and more.  (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Tyler Wright paddles for a wave
Tyler Wright of New South Wales, Australia, paddles to catch a wave during the women’s second round.  (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Sage Erickson
Sage Erickson of Ventura navigates her way through the Huntington Beach Pier during the women’s second round.  (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Sage Erickson takes time for a fan
Sage Erickson of Ventura signs an autograph after competing in the women’s second round. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
U.S. surfer Taylor Clark limbers up
U.S. surfer Taylor Clark stretches before competing in the junior men’s quarter finals. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)
Huntington Beach Pier
Spectators line the Huntington Beach Pier for a view of surfers during the first round of competition on the south side of the pier.  (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Zeke Lau
Zeke Lau of Hawaii high steps along the beach to warm up just before his heat in the first round of competition. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Sonny Garcia
Ella Moss, 4, gets a ride along the beach from professional surfer Sonny Garcia after his first-round heat. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
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