Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
The Nike U. S. Open of Surfing officially begins today in Huntington Beach, and runs through August 5. The free event takes place at the Huntington Beach Pier.
The nine-day competition opens with a day of skating and junior men's surfing beginning at noon and ending at 4 p.m. On Sunday, the men's surf trials open the day and junior women's surf quarter finals close the competition. For a complete listing of events, see the website.
The music lineup includes TV On The Radio, Grouplove, Best Coast, Toro Y Moi, White Arrows, Hindu Pirates, and Walk The Moon. The alcohol- and smoke-free event is also eco-friendly, so if you plan on visiting, be sure to bring your own water bottles as there will be no bottled water sold on site.