With over 100 years of surfing history running through Huntington Beach, an additional milestone was marked when California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that declares surfing as California's “official” state sport on August 20, 2018. This news comes following the sport's inclusion to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Some Quintessentially SoCal Activities
You can join in the fun at the annual Association of Volleyball Players (AVP) Huntington Beach Open or the SoCal Corgi Nation “Corgchella” Spring Beach Day. Rock out to performances by Blink-182 and Tim McGraw at the oceanfront Back to the Beach Festival and Coastal Country Jam.
Off the wall since 1966, Vans opened a free outdoor Off the Wall Huntington Beach skatepark in 2014, featuring a 42,500-square-foot concrete paradise of ramps, rails, rollers, bowls, gaps, stairs, kickers, planters, and a volcano component. Following the announcement of the inclusion of skateboarding to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Vans recently completed a renovation project expanding the back bowl area. The rebuild showcases a Vans Park Series certified course, the first one on American soil! The updated skatepark will also include a new combi bowl providing skateboarders with a Park Terrain facility, further enabling skateboarding discipline and allow riders the opportunity to skate a classic combi bowl.
Vans held a grand opening in March honoring the launch of their new brand campaign, Vanguards and International Women's Day. Last year, Vans taught over 7,000 women newcomers around the world how to skate, and this year they aim to continue that legacy. See the event calendar here.
Hiking at Bolsa Chica Reserve
The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is an approximately 1,300 acre coastal estuary. Habitats include open water, mudflats, salt marsh, coastal dunes, seabird nesting islands, riparian, and freshwater marsh. More than 200 avian species have been identified at Bolsa Chica and the reserve is very popular with birders and photographers. A remarkable destination for birdwatchers and nature lovers, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve represents the culmination of a decades-long effort by activists who battled to protect this wetlands ecosystem from development. After years of restoration work, you can now walk on five miles of trails, and spot both resident birds and transient species that use the wetlands as a critical stopover while migrating along the Pacific Flyway.
Microbreweries in Surf City USA
Huntington Beach is growing in the craft beer industry with four notable microbreweries pouring daily. Both Four Sons Brewing and Riip Beer Company are featured in the Orange County Brewers Guild – a uniting group of brew hounds, formed in 2015, that have an unwavering love for hops.
Four Sons Brewing – Family-owned and operated by “The D's,” Four Sons Brewing offers a casual refined-industrial vibe with a full view of the production space, TV screens, food trucks and backyard games. Specialty released flavors and eight core brews are featured on tap – including The Coco Amber Ale, a local favorite.
Riip Beer Company – Riip Beer Co. got its start in Huntington Beach delivering beer from its production space via a hand-me-down 1931 Helms truck. This laid-back, skate themed rustic-industrial brewery is most popular for its award-winning Dan K IPA.
Golden Road Brewery – Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing is making another significant move in Orange County this year, with a new small-batch brewery and full-service restaurant headed to the recently renovated shopping center in Huntington Beach, known as Peter's Landing. The forthcoming 8,000 square foot brewpub will maintain the established Golden Road flavor, with indoor and dog-friendly outdoor seating, corn hole, and bocce ball. With 30 to 40 taps available, it will also house a seven-barrel system for small-batch brewing. A spokesperson anticipates the Peter's Landing opening for mid to late 2019.
For more information about Huntington Beach, Calif. – Surf City USA – please visit www.surfcityusa.com.