HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Friday, July 30, 2010) - Brett Simpson (USA), 25, just picked up his best result of the season with an equal 9th at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay and has returned home to defend his title at the upcoming ASP PRIME U.S. Open of Surfing. Last year’s emotional victory projected Simpson onto the elite ASP World Tour and Surfline caught up with him just days before the young Californian mounted his title defense.
How would you describe the ASP PRIME U.S. Open to someone who has never experienced it?
I think all in all, it’s pretty chaotic. As a surfer in the event, there’s so much more going on than just the surfing. I think all the people who come down get into the surfing, but with the biking, the skating…it’s one of those events that, as a surfer, it’s hard to zone out of it all because every time you pull up, you’ve got to walk through everything and it’s kind of hard to focus. So I think it’s pretty chaotic and it’s definitely by far the biggest crowd you’ll see.
Growing up in Huntington Beach, was it always a goal to win the thing?
I never really thought about winning the U.S. Open, but more about having…
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