FloWater is stoked to be hydrating the Vans US Open for the third year in a row! Our company, mission, and values were founded in the same waves that the WSL surfers have been competing in all week long. From the beaches of Hawaii, the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch in Lemoore to Huntington Beach Pier we are deeply rooted in the surf community and preventing plastic pollution from ending up on our beaches. Days can be long and hot at the event, which is why we’ve come up with our Southern California US Open Survival Guide. Whether you’re headed to the beach this weekend to catch the competition, score some free swag, or take a dip in the ocean, follow the steps below to make sure you get the most out of the event!
Stay Hydrated, My Friends
Temps are going to rise to the mid-80s this weekend, which means free water on the beach is a must! Find us close to the Huntington Beach Pier under the FloWater tent! Look for our glowing lights and epic Hydro Flask and Vans logos if you get lost. As always ditch the disposables and bring your reusable bottle! If you forgot one, Hydro Flask has set up shop right next door to the FloWater booth. Electrolytes and minerals added into our water from our Refill Stations give you the extra boost you need to find that perfect beach spot to watch the competition!
SPF 50 or Bust!
But don’t bring any ordinary sunscreen! Do Mother Earth a favor and find a Reef Safe option. Traditional sunscreens have an ingredient called Oxybenzone which is super harmful to marine life. Make sure to check the ingredients list and find one that has Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide. These ingredients tend to be better at sun protection anyway! Our favorite reef safe option is by TropicSport
The event map is your new BFF
Avoid getting lost and snap a photo of the event map with your phone. You can eliminate the paper used and inevitable trash from these handouts that litter the beach! You can also have all the US Open information you need at the touch of the button by downloading the World Surf League app here.
Juice Up Your Beloved Devices
We have all suffered the sudden horror of the low battery signal glaring back at you from your phone. A drop of sweat starts to formulate just thinking about getting lost on the beach without a way to find your pals. Save yourself the hassle and pack a portable charger!
We hope these tips help you to hang loose and enjoy the Vans US Open. We can’t wait to see you there!