Huntington Beach surfer wins 2nd U.S. Open

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.

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.

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