US Open of Surfing 2013 – Small Waves? So What? Just Blow Up!

“The waves were small all week…” “These aren’t ‘Dream Tour’ quality waves…” “Half the day it was crumbly onshore…” “Blah, blah, blah…”

Sebastian Sietz US Open of Surfing 2013 by Peter Dive for BurningPier.com

From big, chunky Cloudbreak to playful Huntington Beach, Sebastian Zietz has proven that he has the full package to compete. Photo: Peter Dive

The complaints about this year’s US Open of Surfing were much ado about nothing, really.  That’s because the current generation of surf athletes have shown that, yes they can ride deep heavy barrels, but they can also blow up in small surf.  Adjusting for ANY conditions and making it look graceful and radical is the new standard.  It’s anything but “three to the beach” anymore and always, always exciting to watch.

These photos by our friend Peter Dive (thanx again Peter!) prove just that:

Alejo Muniz - US Open of Surfing 2013 by Peter Dive for BurningPier.com Alejo Muniz 2 - US Open of Surfing 2013 by Peter Dive for BurningPier.com

Contest Winner Alejo Muniz

Mitch Coleborn - US Open of Surfing 2013 by Peter Dive for BurningPier.com Mitch Coleborn 2 - US Open of Surfing 2013 by Peter Dive for BurningPier.com

Up and comer Mitch Coleborn

Kelly Slater - US Open of Surfing 2013 by Peter Dive for BurningPier.com

The King

Nat Young - US Open of Surfing 2013 by Peter Dive for BurningPier.com

Nat Young will be rookie of the year…

Dane Reynolds - US Open of Surfing 2013 by Peter Dive for BurningPier.com

Stoked! We get to see more Dane Reynolds at Lowers next month.

Filipe Toledo - US Open of Surfing 2013 by Peter Dive for BurningPier.com

Filipe Toledo #progressive

Chris Ward - US Open of Surfing 2013 by Peter Dive for BurningPier.com

Wardo. “Old dog” and plenty of new tricks.

Kolohe Andino - US Open of Surfing 2013 by Peter Dive for BurningPier.com

Small + Onshore = Big Ramps. Kolohe is ready for any conditions…

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