2012 U.S. Open of Surfing Commences

Huntington BeachThe planet is a playground. Huntington Beach, during the U.S. Open, just might be the epicenter.

The U.S. Open of Surfing is our religious holiday. It is our Christmas. It is our Hanukah and our Hanukah is here once again! Instead of 8 nights of menorah lighting and communal fried feasts we celebrate 7 days of surf shred (a little skate shred too, for the kiddies) and booze. Instead of dreidels made from clay we have temporary tattoos affixed across nude, tanned flesh. Instead of the recitation of Psalms we have rock n' roll. The U.S. Open of Surfing is the best time of the year. No high holiday can hold a candle it, try as it might. It is a dream. It is heaven.

And Huntington Beach is the place to be. It is the only place to experience all the glory and ritual. Huntington Beach is our religious holiday's playground. What could be better? Nothing! Huntington Beach. Surf City (much to Santa Cruz's chagrin).

During the rest of the year the planet is our playground and Etnies is hosting a The Planet is your Playground contest. Upload a photo, write a caption, win. Win a dreidel made from clay. Or a temporary tattoo. Or a trip to Hawaii.

Merry U.S. Open of Surfing one and all! (And a happy Casio.)