On Monday, June 25th, I went to the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach! It was a beautiful warm sunny day! We watched 2 heats of the Women’s Surfing and I was in awe!
I’ve never been much of a sports fan, but watching these women made me want to watch more and more and learn more about it. How it’s scored, what “1st priority” means… I even wished I could be in the water with them, it just looked so rad!
Growing up inland, I never really surfed… (unless you count that one time in College, when the surf team had a fundraiser lesson and taught us on foam boards)
It was obvious these women have some real talent! How they got sideways and seemingly upside down and still remained on their boards, is a complete mystery to me! Look at them go!
Round 1, Heat 3
This is Sage Ericsson in the Blue. She is currently ranked 11th in the 2016 Women’s Championship Tour.
Next up was Meah Collins, in the White Jersey.
Then it was Courtney Conlogue in the Yellow. She is currently ranked 1st in the 2016 Women’s Championship Tour!
I love the nature of surfing. How it all depends on the waves that come their way, the high of the tide, and the pure nature of each individual wave. Though I haven’t talked to any experienced surfer about surfing, I bet they’d tell you that every wave is different. It doesn’t seem like it’s ever the same ride. That they just go through the motions… The surfers seem so focused, calculating the potential of each wave that greets them, then reacting to the wave and seeing where the ride will take them. It’s just them and the wave…
Sage, Meah, and Courtney head back into the beach and greet their fans.
1st: Sage Erickson, USA
2nd: Courtney Collogue, USA
3rd: Meah Collins, USA
Round 1, Heat 4
Nikki Van Dijk of Australia, took the first waves of the heat! She is ranked 11th in the 2016 Women’s Championship Tour!
Chelsea Tuach from Barbados in the White! She is ranked 17th in the 2016 Women’s Championship Tour!
Nikki swims back out after a wave that took her all the way in to the shore.
Tyler Wright from Australia, in the Red. She is currently ranked 2nd in the 2016 Women’s Championship Tour!
1st: Tyler Wright, Australia
2nd: Nikki Van Dijk, Australia
3rd: Chelsea Tuach, Barbados
It’s safe to say that I’ll be back for more surfing soon! This was so amazing to watch and I just can’t get enough!
Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed the photographs! Feel free to comment below!
Photographs and commentary by Megan Rosemary.
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