Despite the name, the U.S. Open of Surfing isn’t just about watching competitors in the water.
Skate and BMX fans will have plenty of entertainment on the sand, with some of the world’s best athletes showcasing their skills for the Vans Park Series and the inaugural Vans BMX Pro Cup World Championships.
The 2017 Vans Park Series Pro Tour is the premiere series for professional park terrain skateboarders. The series consists of five men’s global qualifiers and one women’s global qualifier spanning five countries over six months and culminating with the official Vans Park Series World Championships in Shanghai, China.
Known for its combination of speed, style, flow, amplitude and creativity, park terrain is the fastest growing discipline in competitive skateboarding today. Competitors are battling for a total prize purse of more than $500,000 for the entire world tour series.
In the skate competition, park terrain skateboarding world champions Alex Sorgente and Brighton Zeuner face off against top contenders like Pedro Barros, Curren Caples and others at the park terrain for the final VPS Pro Tour global qualifying stop before the world championships. The women’s finals will be held Thursday, Aug. 3, while the men’s final will be Saturday, Aug. 5.
In BMX, the inaugural Vans BMX Pro Cup Series gears up for the ultimate grand finale World Championships event in Huntington Beach on Aug. 4 and Aug. 6. The championships showdown will bring the top-ranking contenders to battle it out for the first-ever Vans BMX Pro Cup World Champion of BMX park terrain. The series has gone from Australia to Spain and Mexico, and now to the U.S., with pros and regional qualifiers competing for their final chance to win in the World Championships.