Brett Simpson

Simpson is the first U.S. Open champion to repeat since Mark Occhilupo did it in 1986 and one of only three surfers dating back to the event's roots as the U.S. Surfing Championships. "Last year barely sank in and now I won this year," Simpson said. "It's so hard to imagine it all over again because you have to stay consistent and surf so many heats. Luckily I zoned everything out and tried not to worry about the points or the money and that's when I have competed the best. To be at home with so many friends and family, I've enjoyed it so much. To win out here two years in a row is unimaginable. " (Jason Kenworthy)