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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Editor’s Opinion: What the Bird?

A letter of (potentially) unpopular sentiment from our Editor in Chief …  Blah, blah, blah innovation. Blah technology. Blah the encroaching arm of disruptive businesses with aesthetically pleasing Instagram accounts and cool, one-word names. I get it. Those black scooters by Bird, a dock-less scooter share company based in Santa Monica, Calif., are solving some…

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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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OK It’s Official: Circle Hook is Really, Really Good

The truth is, you can’t eat mood lighting. Or fancy wall art or plush velvet chairs. A fact universally known: When you go to a restaurant anywhere in the world, the only thing you can ever eat is the food. Maybe the owners of the brand-new Circle Hook Fish Co. at Lido Marina Village had…

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Is It Really That Hard to Throw Trash Away?

Trash on the beach is an interesting subject, a sociological deep dive into the manic minds of the many and the good of a few. The next time you want to judge someone’s character, don’t observe how they treat the wait staff at a restaurant (or do, because that’s also an accurate depiction of their…

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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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John Wayne Cancer Foundation Is Here to ‘Block the Blaze’

It doesn’t get much better than summer in Newport Beach. Locals spend their days alternating between refreshing dips in the ocean and barefoot walks along the shoreline, warm sand squishing beneath their feet. There is, however, one glaring enemy to summertime fun: a nasty sunburn. Not only is a bad sunburn irritating; it’s also unsafe and…

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Newport Beach Film Festival: Action Sports Film Series

 In Newport Beach, surfing isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life. So, as a cinematic ode to such an important aspect of our coastal culture, it’s only fair that surfing should get its own series at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Launched in 2005, the Newport Beach Film Festival Action Sports Film Series is, as festival…

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