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No Alcohol, No Live Music: Huntington Beach to scale back US Open of Surfing

Tens of thousands surfing and skateboard fans braved huge crowds and long lines to attend the week long 2012 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Several businesses are sponsors and have booth at the event, with hopes of attracting new customers.
Tens of thousands surfing and skateboard fans braved huge crowds and long lines to attend the week long 2012 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Several businesses are sponsors and have booth at the event, with hopes of attracting new customers.
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Tens of thousands surfing and skateboard fans braved huge crowds and long lines to attend the week long 2012 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Several businesses are sponsors and have booth at the event, with hopes of attracting new customers.
Lakey Peterson, a Santa Barbara, CA native, poses with fans on Friday, August 3. Peterson went on to win the women's pro division on Sunday.
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Tens of thousands surfing and skateboard fans braved huge crowds and long lines to attend the week long 2012 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Several businesses are sponsors and have booth at the event, with hopes of attracting new customers.
Fans hang out on the beach during the women's quarter final heat at the 2012 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.
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Tens of thousands surfing and skateboard fans braved huge crowds and long lines to attend the week long 2012 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Several businesses are sponsors and have booth at the event, with hopes of attracting new customers.
Surfing fans look on during the U.S. open of Surfing on Friday, August 3, 2012.
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Tens of thousands surfing and skateboard fans braved huge crowds and long lines to attend the week long 2012 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Several businesses are sponsors and have booth at the event, with hopes of attracting new customers.
Pro surfer, Malia Manuel, of Hawaii, signs autographs after her Quarter Final heat on Friday, August 3, 2012.
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Tens of thousands surfing and skateboard fans braved huge crowds and long lines to attend the week long 2012 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Several businesses are sponsors and have booth at the event, with hopes of attracting new customers.
Surfing fans do their best to make a love connection at the U.S. Open of Surfing.
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Tens of thousands surfing and skateboard fans braved huge crowds and long lines to attend the week long 2012 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Several businesses are sponsors and have booth at the event, with hopes of attracting new customers.
A mascot for a skate and surf headwear company tries to attract customers at the U.S. Open of Surfing.
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City officials and promoters are scaling back this summer's U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.  It's an effort to avoid rioting that happened after the event last year.

Huntington Beach officials met with promoters Thursday to hear their plans for the event.  Those include no alcohol, no live bands, and a scaled back vendor area. Huntington Beach police Captain Russell Reinhart says the event will focus on surfing.

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"It's about the surfing. That's what this event should be about, and that's what we're kind of getting back to," said Reinhart. "We have a lot of surf contests, the U.S. Open of surfing is one of the world class high end events. We want to keep it here, we just don't want riots."

Several people were arrested following last summer's eight-day competition, which ended with fights, vandalism, and arson.  Rioters toppled portable toilets and damaged vehicles, street signs, and businesses.

The U.S. Open of Surfing starts on July 20th.