2014 Vans US Open of Surfing announces surfing lineup
Huntington Beach, CA (July 1, 2014) – As anticipation intensifies for the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing, Vans, the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), and event owner and producer, IMG, announce this year’s impressive surfing line-up. Featuring the world’s best names in surfing, this year’s talent includes 2013 men’s and women’s champions Alejo Muniz and Carissa Moore, Kelly Slater, Julian Wilson, Pat Gudauskas, Sally Fitzgibbons and Brazilian Jr. Yago Dora.
The Vans US Open is a pivotal point on the Men’s ASP Qualification Series and Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT). For the men, a win at the Vans US Open – ASP Men’s Prime event – will earn them valuable points toward a coveted Top 10 QS ranking. And for the women, with a close race for the ASP World Title, the Vans US Open of Surfing marks a key midseason stop on the Women’s WCT. Alongside the ASP QS and WCT competition, Vans will host the ASP Pro Juniors for men’s and women’s, prepping the field for a spot in the coveted ASP World Junior Championships. In addition, the invite-only Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational, presented by Pacifico, returns to Huntington Beach with new invitees including 2012 & 2013 ASP Women’s Longboard Champ Kelia Moniz, Troy Mothershead, and Devon Howard plus 13 more talented longboarders who embody the expressive style and creativity of longboarding. Reinforced by contest director Joel Tudor’s legacy of eight US Open Longboarding Championships, the Duct Tape contests remain an influential platform honoring Huntington Beach’s competitive surfing community.
The 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing, owned and operated by IMG, will run from July 26 to August 3. All events are free and open to the public and can be viewed daily on the live webcast at www.vansusopenofsurfing.com. The surfing event will also be syndicated internationally by IMG Media, bringing all the live action to more than 110 countries around the globe.
The Vans US Open of Surfing is proudly sponsored by FIAT, iON Cameras, G-Shock, Pacifico, Paul Mitchell Salon Haircare, Red Bull, Bose® and Surfing Magazine.
For more information on Huntington Beach’s celebration of 100 Years of Surfing, please visit www.100YearsOfSurfingHB.com.
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