2020 Vans US Open of Surfing Canceled Due to COVID-19

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The WSL just announced the official cancellation of the Vans Us Open of Surfing for 2020.

Disappointing, yes, but expected news. With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in recent months and cases now spiking in California, Huntington Beach is not prepared to host hundreds of thousands of people in 6 weeks’ time. Not only would it be reckless for spectators, but many surfers are still stuck in countries where either the borders are closed, or a 14-day quarantine is required, both on the way in and out.

On top of that, it’s hard to say if the situation will be better or worse 6 weeks from now. Presently, many states including California are reporting a spike in new infections as businesses and public spaces reopen, and a lot can happen between now and August 3, when the event was meant to…

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