OC Locals Take Surfing Titles

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Billed as the largest active sporting event in North America, the 2018 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing concluded its nine day run in Huntington Beach on Sunday. Local fans packed the beaches in Newport’s northerly neighboring coastal city, just south of the pier. Onlookers cheered when Orange County residents Kanoa Igarashi and Courtney Conlogue captured the titles. This was the second year in a row for Igarashi, who defeated 16-year-old San Clemente phenom rookie, Griffin Colapinto, in a thrilling last minute ride. Conlogue, recovering from a foot injury that has kept her idle for most of the 2018 season, was victorious over world number one, Stephanie Gilmore. The surfing event was plagued by interminable lulls punctuated by small waves.

Orange County local Courtney Conlogue surfs in the 2018 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach last week. She later went on to win the title.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©

 

Orange County local Courtney Conlogue celebrates her win in the 2018 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach last week.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©

 

Orange County local Courtney Conlogue celebrates her win in the 2018 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach last week.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©

 

World champ Stephanie Gilmore competes in Huntington Beach.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©

 

Taking on the waves in Surf City, 16-year-old San Clemente phenom rookie, Griffin Colapinto, competes in the U.S. Open of Surfing last week.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©

 

Crowds swarmed the pier in Huntington Beach to watch the surfing competition last week.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©

 

There were moments of stillness between the waves near the pier in HB during the event last week.
— Photo by Lawrence Sherwin ©

 

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