The U.S. Open of Surfing, on the south side of the Huntington Beach pier, was a California dream. All four men’s semifinalist reside in and compete out of California: Nola Rapoza of Long Beach, Jake Marshall of Encinitas, Olympic silver medalist Kanoa Igarashi of Huntington Beach and Griffin Colapinto of San Clemente.
On the women’s side, two of the semifinalist compete out of California, including Courtney Conlogue of Santa Ana and Caitlin Simmers from Oceanside.
Colapinto went on to win the men’s championship, but had to battle with Igarashi to reach the final. The last time Colapinto went up against Igarashi was the 2018 U.S. Open of Surfing finals, where he lost. This proved to be Colapinto’s year, with dominating wins over Igarashi and Marshall in the finals.
Simmers, who turns 16 next month, battled another local, Conlogue, in her semifinal heat. She eventually won the women’s championship, edging Gabriela Bryan to become one of the youngest to win.
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