Skate BMX contests roll at Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach


Christian Hosoi practices for the for Van’s U.S. Open of Surfing’s skate contest a few years ago.
PUBLISHED: July 21, 2017 at 9:00 am | UPDATED: July 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

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.

Omar Hassan practices for the Van's U.S. Open of Surfing's skate contest Wednesday in Huntington Beach.///ADDITIONAL INFO 07/24/2013 - Photo by MICHAEL GOULDING,THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - Additional info, CQs, and keywords for searching: When pro skateboarders Christian Hosoi and Omar Hassan compete in front of local fans at Huntington Beach this weekend, the crowds will cheer a little louder because it’s a homecoming for the two icons. Unlike so many other skate contests they compete in across the country, at the U.S. Open of Surfing they can roll out of their own beds and drive their own cars to a contest just down the road. It’s also something of a nostalgic trip for Hosoi, 45, who grew up in Huntington Beach, lives there now and who has been skating at the Open since riots shook the contest in the mid 1980s.
Omar Hassan, of Huntington Beach, practices for the Van’s U.S. Open of Surfing’s skate contest a few years ago at the U.S. Open of Surfing.


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.


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