Words and Images by Nicholas Borrelli
As the last heats finished up on day 5 of the Open, thousands of fans all over the beach conglomerated together around the main stage in a massive orgy of good energy, solid vibes, and sun-stricken stoke in great anticipation for some pretty righteous bands to perform.
Entertaining the masses after a long day of watching the most talented athletes in the history of surfing go head-to-head for the number one seed is no easy task, but when Nike hosts the biggest surf event of the year and Hurley sponsers local talents like the Hindu Pirates, the White Arrows, and indie rock superstars Grouplove to host a post-contest concert, it promises to be a righteous time.
The beach was packed out to the gills with beautifully tanned, scantily-cladded women, surfer boys, teenie boppers, hipsters, tourists, families, gypsies, scalliwags, and shredders, just to name a few. With so many activities taking place in and around the open, it was amazing to see everyone light up an already beaming afternoon once the music hit their ears. The performances were stellar, full of good vibes, awesome shout-outs, and pumping sounds. When Grouplove took over the stage, the crowd really came alive, as seen below by the crowd surfers and dance circles. In fact, a few one brave souls literally took turns “surfing” a foam board above a sea of spectators, getting so pitted in the barrel of music blasting from the stage. Things really went nuts when Grouplove started playing their smash hit, “tongue tied”. The hipsters, gypsies, and groupies swarmed the stage and began going crazy, jumping up and down and cheering as they danced into the beautiful Southern California sunset.
Aside from the few inebriated outliers in the bunch, everyone seemed to be having the best time ever at the concert. One thing is for sure, it is certainly a party here at the 2012 Nike US Open of Surfing. But with the finals coming up and the weekend fast approaching, more sunshine and music on the way means the party is just getting started.