It was a long week in Huntington Beach, but when the spray finally settled it was Brazil's Alejo Muniz who beat California kid Kolohe Andino to win the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing.
Going into the final day of the Vans U.S. Open seven out of the eight surfers left in the draw are on the world tour. Smith, Andino and Young all front the podium-hungry pack.
Few locations around the world have troubled Kelly Slater over the years, but Huntington Beach is one of them. In losing to Michel Bourez, the beachbreak stumps him again.
Nobody was eliminated in the three-man Round of 24 at the U.S. Open, but there were some winners, among them a very satisfied Kolohe Andino -- who's looking quite dangerous.
In a week of drastic cuts, iconic surfwear brand Quiksilver releases a majority of its surf, skate and snowboard athletes, but details remain unclear
A look back at the surfing moments that stood out in 2012
Channel Islands releases new Dane Reynolds Neck Beard
Putting the shine on with the Gold Coast's Noa Deane
Getting down to the business end of the 2012 Nike Lowers Pro
Mark Occhilupo, Dane Reynolds advance at 2012 Nike Lowers Pro
Dane Reynolds, Occy return to competition at the 2012 Nike Lowers Pro
Kolohe Andino on his ASP World Tour debut and surfing against Kelly Slater
Dane Reynolds trades his thruster for a single-fin
Dane Reynolds receives wildcard into 2012 Quiksilver Pro Australia
After falling off the ASP World Tour Dane Reynolds finally responds.
The ASP botched Slater's celebration, but it could have been way worse