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US Open of Surfing Survival Guide

US Open of Surfing Survival Guide

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Surfing

US Open of Surfing Survival Guide


USOpenGalsEvery year Huntington Beach California hosts the biggest surf contest in the world, and the word ‘big’ doesn’t apply to the wave size – it’s about the crowd size. (Banzai Surf IS open for business and well outside the circus; We’re 3 miles south). Here’re the best tips we’ve found for making your way through it all.

• Driving anywhere near the pier can be tedious to terrible. Ditto for the parking situation. GO EARLY (That is afterall, when surfers usually SURF). Best parking secrets: Backstreets and a skateboard, City lots off of Main St. Rent a limo. Parachute.

• There’s no shame in taking the bus: OCTA buses servicing the local area include routes, 1 and 25.

• Bikes/beach cruisers and skateboards are the best way to get around, just be aware that many get stolen, or at least ‘borrowed’ by friendly drunks.

• A backpack is a good idea, just don’t let it cover your majestic latissimus dorsi.

• If you’ve got skin, show it. If you’ve got fur, maybe not.

• Plan on being in the sun: Hat, sunscreen, … defibrillator.

• You might put that cell phone in a plastic bag to keep the sand out.

• Cash is king.                                    -pau-

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