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Huntington Beach surfer wins 2nd U.S. Open

August 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Huntington Beach surfer won the 2010 U.S. Open of Surfing for the second year in a row on Sunday, beating out the world's No. 1 ranked wave rider.

Brett Simpson won $100,000 in prize money, and the 25-year-old also got a congratulatory hug from Jordy Smith, a 23-year-old South African who is professional surfing's top-ranked competitor on the World Tour.

Simpson's victory capped off the weeklong event at the municipal pier at Huntington Beach.

The waves were small ? about 3, 4 feet -- but the crowds were big for the weeklong event.

Earlier in the day, Simpson took out nine-time world champ Kelly Slater in a semi-finals heat that put Simpson in the finals. He and he was mobbed by a crowd on the beach when he came out of the water, the Register reported.

"Whatever, man," Slater said as he passed Simpson.

CNS contributed to this report.