Huntington Beach’s Brett Simpson wins second U.S. Open of Surfing title in a row – LA Times

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By Baxter Holmes
Los Angeles Times

August 8, 2010

The hometown hero edged out the legend to reach the final.

And once there, all that stood between him and a repeat win in surfing’s largest and highest-paying event was the No. 1-ranked surfer in the world.

Friends, family and fans crowded the water’s edge to wish their hero good luck as he trotted out to face the world’s finest.

And when Huntington Beach native Brett Simpson returned to that water’s edge, having defeated Jordy Smith to win the U.S. Open of Surfing on Sunday in his backyard, those friends, family and fans lifted him onto their shoulders and cheered