Ryah Arthur and Eli Viszolay are heading into the U.S. Open of Surfing in different ways.
The Laguna Beach athletes will be a part of the world's largest professional surfing competition, which begins its nine-day run at the Huntington Beach Pier on Saturday. Arthur, 22, will go as a competitor; Viszolay, 18, as a contributor.
The summertime classic is North America's only combined Assn. of Surfing Professionals Men's Prime and Women's six-star event.
"No other surf contest compares to competing in the U.S. Open," Arthur said. "The way the venue is set up, with all the fans, and the pier, makes it the most classic and intense surf event in the world. You have to be surfing your absolute best in every heat to put on a good show and make sure that you advance.
"I am honored to be a part of the event this year."
Arthur, a 2006 graduate of Laguna Beach High, will be competing at the U.S. Open for third time and is surfing in the first round of the U.S. Open Men's trials. His first heat is Sunday.