SuperGirlPro 2016 Oceanside Photos

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The Paul Mitchell SuperGirlPro of 2016 has now come and gone, they had excellent weather, nice surf conditions and a beach full of spectators cheering on the surfers.

Seems the all female surfing competition keeps getting more popular each year. Oceanside is such a beautiful little town and the beach/pier area fits perfectly with this style of competition.

Not only is the SuperGirlPro the largest female surfing event, but it’s also a place where young girls can meet their favorite surfer or participate in one of the many activities they had for young people. It’s really a great place for families and kids of all ages.

It basically promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, which is always a good thing.

For this year’s competition, I spent two days shooting almost all day. Yes, I was exhausted but it was worth it.

I’ll share more photos later, but for now, here’s a few of the more interesting shots of this past weekend showcasing the best female surfers in the world.

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Photos from the 2015 NSSA Championships in Huntington Beach

NSSA Surfing 2015

Father gives daughter advise as she gets ready to head out into the water just before her heat at the 2015 NSSA Explorer Championships in Huntington Beach.

The NSSA Open/Explorer Championships are being held earlier today in Huntington Beach (actually they continue all week). The weather was perfect and the waves were ok, enough to make it interesting for the competitors and the spectators!

I’m still reviewing the images I took today, but you can start seeing some on my Instagram account: @ocsurfpix

As I go through them in the next day or two I’ll update this article with more photos in addition to adding more to my Instagram account. I was only there for a few hours, wish it was more but I had a busy weekend.

And unfortunately I’m having a busy week so I’ll probably miss the rest of the week too. In past years, I’ve been able to shoot the entire week, but this year I’ve been extremely busy with other types of photography projects that I’ve had to miss some of these events.

My loss I’m sure, since they’re always so fun to watch. But if you have a chance, I highly recommend you go out and cheer on these young athletes!

Many of these young surfers will go on to be pro surfers so it’s fun to watch them just before they hit it big.

Finally, don’t forget to view all my surfing photos from the past several years here on OCSurfpix and also on OCPix.com, where you can also purchase downloads and prints!

The 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing has officially started

2014 US Open of SurfingThe 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach has officially started and although most of the major events don’t begin until Sunday and Monday, many of the professional surfers arrived earlier in the week to prepare for the competition.

Carissa Moore

Even though the surf conditions have been pretty much flat, I was able to spot 2013 ASP Women’s World Champion and 2013 US Open of Surfing champion Carissa Moore earlier in the week.

She was on the south side of the pier working the 2-3 ft waves. Yeah, I know, but that’s what we’ve had most of the week here in Huntington Beach.

She was doing the best she could and considering the poor conditions, only a true pro could make it look easy.

And she did exactly that. Oh and did I mention she’s also currently ranked 1st on the 2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour? Dedication and hard work, no matter what the conditions are, that’s how it’s done.

Tatiana Weston-Webb

I spotted a few other pros on the Women’s World Tour as well, including Tatiana Weston-Webb. Talk about a strong talented surfer, check out this video of her two months ago at the Fiji Women’s Pro against Carissa Moore.

And below, she was just finishing up her surf session on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.

2014 US Open of Surfing practice sessions

Sally Fitzgibbons and Bianca Buitendag

Also arriving early and out on the south side was Australian Sally Fitzgibbons and Bianca Buitendag from South Africa.

Although it was nice spotting them all out free surfing among the many HB locals, it’s disappointing that they have to deal with these poor surf conditions.

The forecast for later in the week is simply “more of the same”, so we’ll see how all these talented pro surfers handle these conditions.

Either way it looks like the fans are still showing up in large numbers.

Vans US Open of Surfing Venue

The large official Vans Store in the center of the venue opened earlier in mid-week. I was there at the moment they opened and just like the previous year it was an instant hit. Earlier today, I was there with a friend and he picked up a couple of the new Star Wars Vans shoes for his son.

It seems the popular items at the Vans Store consist of the beach umbrella’s, towels and of course the limited edition US Open of Surfing Vans shoes.

Most of the main heats start on Monday, I’ll be there most days starting on Monday through Sunday. So expect almost daily updates here on OCSurfPix.com and of course daily updates on Instagram and Twitter under @ocsurfpix or just follow us on Facebook.

The 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach runs from Saturday July 26 through Sunday August 3rd.

One last thing, regarding this website and/or our photography services, I still have limited time slots available this entire week. So if you have a promotion going on during the Vans US Open of Surfing in HB use my contact page to get a hold of me. Or you can direct message via Instagram. Besides photography services offered to businesses, I also offer short 2-3 hour surfing photography lessons during this entire week. Contact me for more details.

Countdown to the 2014 US Open of Surfing

Huntington BeachThe countdown to the 2014 US Open of Surfing (July 26-August 3) has started and this year the organizers are planning to “focus on family and community” as the city of Huntington Beach celebrates 100 Years of Surfing.

After the end of last year’s event, I’m sure many of us are looking forward to a different crowd at this year’s open. With the elimination of the free concerts and all the giveaways at the various sponsor booths, some see it as a move in the right direction.

From my experience the crowds were not only larger last year, but the amount of alcohol (which is not permitted at the event or beach) was rampant, but mostly outside of the event containment center. Hopefully this will be fixed this year.

For the true fans of surfing, skateboarding and BMX, the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing should be the highlight of the summer in Huntington Beach.

Oh yeah and not to mention all the photographers! Seems every year more and more of us come to this event. It’s gotten to the point where the south side of the HB Pier is so crowded with more photographers than there are fans, crazy.

A tip for photographers, if you’re shooting off the pier, you don’t need a 400mm 2.8 lens with a teleconverter mounted on a tripod, all your photos will be the same, too tightly framed. Use  your 400mm and 600mm lenses as you shoot from the beach, that’s how it was meant to be used.

For shooting off the pier, use a 300mm lens or less, this is usually the best, remember that you’re already out close to the surfers, you don’t need a big lens when shooting from that distance.

As for OCSurfpix.com, it’s been some time since I updated it, I’ve mostly been posting photos on our Instagram account under @ocsurfpix, so be sure to follow us there and on Twitter.

During the U. S. Open in Huntington Beach, expect more updates the weeks and days leading up to the event. I’m usually in HB or other beaches several times a week, so I may post some regular surfing photos too during this time. And just in case you’re feeling a little nostalgic, check out my past photos from the US Open of Surfing.

Top Surfing Photos from the 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing

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As promised here are a few more photos from last week’s Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. This time it’s all about the surfers.

Like many of the other photographers at the event, which there were probably hundreds of them, I was trying to cover as much of the surfing event as possible. Considering that hundreds of photographers were at the beach, the media tent and along the HB Pier, the amount of photos that I’ve seen online is actually very small.

Even on Flickr only a couple of photographers have shared any pictures. As for stock image sites that cater to sports or surf photography are also lacking any interesting photos from the event. Hopefully more will find their way online soon.

As for here at OCSurfPix, lets start our photo tour of the surfers.

First, here’s the crowd favorite Alana Blanchard during the semi-finals on Saturday. Followed by the crowd almost mobbing her as she returned to the beach. Plus, Bianca Buitendag and Nikki Van Dijk.
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