Frequently Asked Questions

The Vans US Open of Surfing takes place July 30-August 7

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The event is free and open to the public.

All ages are welcome to enjoy the event. To enter the beer garden, you must be 21 years of age or older and present a valid ID.

The event is open July 30-August 7. For specific operating times please view the schedule.

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at the Vans US Open of Surf due to beach laws.

Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis around the city. Given its popularity, parking close to the beach will be difficult to find. If you live nearby, we highly recommend walking, biking, or using public transit. Hourly parking is available at the Pier Plaza parking lot and Main Promenade parking structure. Yearly and monthly pass holders will not be charged, however, parking is not guaranteed. Delays and queues are expected throughout the city due to the sheer volume of traffic anticipated.Guests are advised to leave early and expect frequent delays or to seek alternative transportation to the show. Uber & Lyft rides will be available. If you are flying to Southern California, the easiest access is through John Wayne / Orange County / Santa Ana airport (SNA) or Long Beach airport (LGB). Both are a reasonable taxi/Uber/Lyft ride to Huntington Beach.

The Vans Retail Store and Customization Stations are open daily 9:00am-5:00pm. Click HERE to view the whole schedule.

Huntington Beach is one of the most accessible beaches in Southern California. There is ADA throughout the beach.

Please note: Transportation from your vehicle to/around the site is not provided. It’s often quite hot in July/August, and attending the Vans US Open of Surfing can be physically demanding. Everyone should make sure they are prepared to safely attend an all-day event at the beach.

  • All attendees are prohibited from bringing the following items into the Event: any weapons, including but not limited to, firearms, bombs, grenades, toys resembling firearms, ammunition, brass knuckles, loose batteries, wires, box cutters, mace, tear-gas, pepper spray, knives, fireworks, sparklers or incendiary materials of any kind; any noisemakers, including but not limited to, megaphones, air horns, sirens and whistles; helium balloons; kites; drones; laser pointers; any illegal substances, including but not limited to, any drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcohol; and any item that would or could negatively impact public safety, aircraft safety and present a threat, real or perceived. All illegal or prohibited items will be seized.

  • Please note that all bags and containers will be inspected upon entering the Event.

  • The US Open of Surfing Is a NO DRONE ZONE. No aircraft, including any drone or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), may be operated within five nautical miles of the site.

Prepare for a day at the beach! Seating will not be provided on the beach, so we encourage you to bring towels, chairs, and anything else you may need to make your surf viewing comfortable. Bleachers for viewing skate and BMX competitions will be available at the Vans Skatepark. Limited seating will be available in the beer garden.

Shaded areas will be available throughout the site. The event does take place on the beach and we do encourage you to bring a hat and apply sunscreen throughout the day.

There will not be food and beverages available for purchase on the beach. Huntington Beach

Coolers are not permitted at the Vans US Open of Surfing. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Dwights, Dukes, and surrounding dining establishments. Outside alcohol is not permitted.

Vans US Open of Surfing Mask Policy

The health and safety of fans, athletes and staff remain a top priority for the Vans US Open of Surfing. In compliance with state health and safety guidelines, face coverings will be strongly encouraged in indoor areas. Find complete details about mask requirements in the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Masks.

The Vans US Open of Surfing continues to work closely with state and local officials to ensure protocols meet public health guidelines, and event policies are subject to change.

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