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.
"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.