US Open of Surfing — a SoCal classic — canceled due to coronavirus

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Kanoa Igarashi champion at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing on August 5, 2018 in Huntington Beach, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, a summer competition that draws thousands each year to Southern California’s Huntington Beach, has been canceled because of the coronavirus.

Organizers announced the cancellation on Monday, citing  “continued health concerns and current guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.” The event will return in 2021, organizers said.

The surfing tournament is also a nine-day festival that packs the sand on the south side of the famed Huntington Beach Pier. The event also coincides with inductions into the city’s Surfers’ Hall of Fame and the Surfing Walk of Fame.

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