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Hurley US Open of Surfing Round of 96 Photos

The fog finally lifted this morning and the final heats of the Round of 144 were completed.  The Round of 96 began and some of the bigger names started showing up to surf.  Some of the bigger shocks so far are that Bruce Irons, Damien Hobgood and Sunny Garcia are all out already.  There have been some good waves out there, but some of the heats are definitely getting better sets than others.  The swell is still inconsistent.  But the storm in Tahiti is promising some extreme end-of-competition action.  Local boys Brett Simpson (Huntington Beach) and Tanner Gudauskas (San Clemente) competed in the same heat.  Both succeeded and will be moving on to the Round of 48.  We’ll have to keep our eye on those two…  Hope to get back down there tomorrow and get some pictures of the ladies in their next heats.