Malia Manuel, Wailua, Hawaii

"I'm so stoked right now," said Malia Manuel, shortly after becoming the youngest person to win the U.S. Open. "My sponsors gave me the wild card into this event and I was just happy to be here. To get to surf against some of my heroes and to be in the final with my friend Coco [Ho] is just something I would have never dreamed of." That was in 2008, when she was 14 years old. Last year she finished in second, so it most definitely wasn't a fluke. That makes her a favorite going into her 2010 campaign. (Jason Kenworthy)