Wow! Great contest! Good surf. Good surfers. 500,000 fans.
Funny thing happened on the way to championship:
Three Mexican nationals attempted to illegally land their boat on California's Huntington Beach Sunday -- about a mile away from where crowds were forming to watch a professional surfing contest.
Lifeguards spotted the small fishing boat at around 8:30 a.m., but when the men realized they had been spotted, they turned back to sea and were seen throwing a package overboard, The Orange County Register reported.
A number of people were on the beach at the time, for the U.S. Open of Surfing.
It is believed the men in the boat were smuggling drugs across the border from Mexico.
All three were arrested and taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents on suspicion of smuggling and attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2011/08/0 ... latestnews