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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‘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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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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Rain Advisory in Effect for Newport Beach: Swim at Your Own Risk

As steady rainfall descends on our fair Balboa Peninsula shores, the Environmental Health staff at the County of Orange Health Care Agency has issued the following rain advisory for swimmers (and by default, surfers): The levels of bacteria can rise in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after…

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