Local Newport Beach Surfers Reveal their Favorite Surf Spots

Newport Beach has had a long history of surfing, from the early longboarders of the 1920s to the sophisticated shortboards of today. In fact, the first-ever surf competition was held in Corona del Mar in 1928, called the Pacific Coast Surf Board Championships. In the 90 years since, Newport Beach and surfing have come a…

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Flashback to the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing

From the Vans US Open of Surfing press box, the shore at Huntington Beach is a labyrinth of bright umbrellas. To the right, the pier is lined with spectators hunched over the wooden barrier, fixed on the churning water below. Sometimes sheets of water are pitching fast toward the shore. Sometimes it’s flat. (“Lake Huntington”…

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Vans U.S. Open of Surfing: Day 6 Was Upsetting

Day six of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach proved just as action-packed as the past five, as sixteen of the world’s best female longboarders took to the water as the Finalists in the inaugural Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational were set. In a surprising upset, 2016 WSL Longboard Champion Tory Gilkerson (USA)…

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Vans U.S. Open of Surfing: The Return of a Defending Champion

Things are certainly heating up on the beach in Surf City. 2017 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing defending champion Kanoa Igarashi scored the highest points on a wave and the round 2 of the Men’s Qualifying Series 10,000; and Men’s and Women’s Pro Junior Final match ups are set. The men also narrow their field…

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Vans US Open of Surfing: Four Days of Competition Down

Day four of the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch is in the books! The competition was firing in Huntington Beach yesterday with the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 (Round 2, Heats 9-16) and the Men’s Pro Junior Quarterfinals and Semifinals.

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2018 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing: Weekend Recap

The 2018 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing kicked off this Saturday with sloppy little waves, white wash and a lumpy ocean. Still, the young surfers prevailed despite challenging conditions, finding good waves among the bad as an umbrella-shaded crowd cheered them on from the Southside of Huntington Beach Pier. 

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‘Time Well Spent’ Lives Up to Its Name

Once in a while, a special film comes along that has the ability to transport you — mind, body and soul —  from the time the lights dim to the time the credits roll. You can’t quite figure out how you’ve changed but when you leave the theater, you feel somehow different. Transformed. Time Well Spent,…

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When The Wedge Goes Off …

Sometimes, you don’t need too many words. Sometimes, you just let nature tell its story. But first, a little background: Earlier this weekend, a Southern Hemi swell arrived in Newport Beach, bringing with it massive, 10-foot waves to The Wedge. Hundreds stood watch Monday and Tuesday night as monster shapes took form. “Only experts should…

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‘If You Fall It’s Just Water’: Endless Sun Surf School Owner on Conquering Waves

Personal empowerment, a deep connection forged with the ocean, a calming sense of freedom in wave-churned chaos … If you’ve ever surfed, you know it’s so much more than balancing on a board. Of course, the fundamentals are important, too, and they’re what Amy and Tim Reda, the husband-and-wife owners of Endless Sun Surf School, teach…

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