Vans 2013 US Open Pictures & More

Today my close friend and fellow blogger (milanibabe02) and I decided to take a trip to the US Open of Surfing and see what all the hype was about! If you don’t know what the US Open is, it is a week-long surf tournament held in Huntington Beach, California. It attracts people from all over and there also is concerts held too. In my opinion, it is very overrated. There just isn’t much to do! There are hundreds of thousands of people everywhere! It is most busiest on the weekends – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are also some booths that sell a variety of things – tshirts, clothes, jewelry, etc. I found this really cute mint bracelet –  but it was $12…the bracelet was definitely not worth $12 and I had a feeling it was really overpriced. We also looked inside the Vans store that was also there. A US Open t-shirt was $18! I bet in a few weeks it’ll be down to at least $10 – or less! I would rather wait and see than pay a ridiculous price for a shirt that it worth just about nothing. Speaking of ridiculous prices, there was this really cute Vans tank that I really liked! The only problem? $35 for a flimsy piece of fabric with a logo. Are they ever going to notice that teens don’t really have that much money to buy such things? Sure, it was cute, but it wasn’t affordable. We left before Modest Mouse played, but too bad it wasn’t Daft Punk, though I would’ve never gotten close to the stage haha!

After looking around a bit, we decided to try and get a look at the concert stage to see Matt Costa singing. Like I said before…so.many.people. At one point someone was throwing a bag of sand in the air – not to mention the over used use of the f-word haha. I didn’t get to see anything, but it was cool being able to hear his voice.

After a couple hours or so, we were kind of done because there just wasn’t anything to do anymore. Yes, it was fun taking a look and seeing how it is, but you can only do so much. We stopped by 7/11 and grabbed a slurpee. Walking back, there was absolutely no parking anywhere! People were parked as far up as Adams, right by Target (if you know the area).

When my friend was being dropped off, we saw someone rear-end a car and drive off (exciting, right?) and also saw a bunch of cops around a car with multiple open beer cans on the roof. Also a quick tip: never drive downtown! Always take the longer way, becacuse there is so much traffic and too many people near there.

Unless you follow the skateboarding and surfing contests, there are things to buy and booths to look at. But overall, for somebody who lives the surf vibe year round, it is a lot less exciting. It is worth checking out if you are from out of town, but be prepared for intense crowds, tiny bikinis, lots of tatoos, and interesting body paint.

However, I did have an interesting time and of course, I got some photos to share with you!

ImageView from the pier and the crowds!

Image2013 Vans US Open of Surfing

ImageLooking at one of the boothes that sold the bracelets I mentioned.ImageView of the stage where Matt Costa was singing.

ImageWalking downtown.

Thank you for reading and if you have ever been to the US Open before, tell me your experience below in the comments! And, a thank you to milanibabe02 for coming with me! Click here to check out her blog! I hope you enjoyed and have a great weekend!

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