Hiroto Ohhara's Thuggin'

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Hiroto Ohhara's Thuggin'

There isn't much sweeter than a Cinderella story. And, yesterday our man with the glass slipper was Hiroto Ohhara. He entered the comp as an alternate and subsequently became the first Japanese surfer to win the Vans US Open of Surfing. The 18 years-young cat scrapped and groveled his way to victory, in classic, meager Huntington Beach conditions over Tanner Hendrickson. It was all upsets and underdogs at the event. Here are some clips from behind the scenes, with the recently crowned US Open champ.