Vans US Open of Surfing 2016

Surfers Head to Surf City!

2016 US Open Surf logoWritten by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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Cowabunga! Vans US Open of Surfing is back in Huntington Beach (July 23-31) with 500,000 people hitting the sand and streets to watch the week-long surfing action.

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Some of the largest cash prizes in the sport are at stake and the opportunity to accumulate ranking points on the surf tour.

Last year’s USOS champions Hiroto Ohhara from Japan and Johanne Defay from France will be trying for repeats. They were both underdogs when they staged their upset wins. But,that’s definitely not the case now.

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Brazilians Felipe Toledo and Alejo Muniz – both former USOS champions – want to get back on the winners’ platform. Local favorite Courtney Conlogue from Santa Ana, who won the event in 2009, is eager for another shot at the crown, too. And, as the top ranked woman in the world, she is a strong contender.

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Two-time champion (2009 & 2010), HB’s own Brett Simpson, is on the scene, too, and is a fan fav with supporters hoping he can three-peat.

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With so many returning stars and up-and-coming surf athletes, there’s no telling who will take home the men’s and women’s champion trophies.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in style, Vans – the Off the Wall shoe company – has transformed this year’s Vans USOS into a festival of discovery with creative workshops,

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classic games and interactive activities for all.

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The event is about surfing and more. It has evolved into one of the premiere action and sports festivals in the world.

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Kevin Bailey, VF and Vans Global Action Sports and Outdoor Brand President, says Vans has been “counting the days” until the event and is excited to be “once again in iconic Surf City, USA to celebrate the world’s greatest athletes in surf, skate, and BMX.”

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In addition to putting the best men’s and women’s surfers on center stage, the USOS is also the setting for new inductees into the Surfing Walk of Fame (Thursday, July 28) and Surfers’ Hall of Fame (Friday, July 29).

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Among the new inductees are sentimental favorites, brothers Ryan and Timmy Turner, whose family runs HB’s Sugar Shack restaurant on Main Street, and surfing pastor Rev. Blaine “Sumo” Sato.

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And longboarding fans won’t want to miss the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational part of the Open (July 29 and 30) that has longboarders in the spotlight showcasing their best moves.

Skate and BMX enthusiasts can watch the world’s top skaters and riders compete in a custom-designed concrete bowl on the sand.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are always amazed that there’s so much to see and that the Open is an event the whole community can enjoy. It’s a week to have fun at the beach, take a break and let yourself chill.

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Hosted in partnership with the World Surf League and event owner and operator IMG, official sponsors of this year’s USOS include Vans, Samsung Galaxy, Jeep, Go Pro, AirBnB, Pacifico, Workday, Credit Karma, G-Shock, and LifeProof.

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With so much going on,

 it’s time to put on your sunscreen and head to Surf City!.

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The Bungalow HB Opens!

Lounge Stakes Claim in Huntington Beach!

Hosts Surfrider Foundation Benefit Bash

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

There’s a new instant-classic place to chill in Huntington Beach these days – The Bungalow.

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A lounge with a private clubhouse feel…and a killer view of the HB Pier, it’s perfect for relaxing with a cool sangria, meeting friends, playing a game of pool or listening to music groups.

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Announcing its presence with a pre-opening bash July 7th, the event benefited the non-profit Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter.

Featuring Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger and Ben Kenney from multi-platinum-selling rock band Incubus, The Bungalow was jammed with people waiting to get inside.

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Surfrider’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chairperson Tony Soriano was at the door eager to greet everyone and help get the party going.

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Soriano told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel that he’s excited about “the support The Bungalow is giving to Surfrider’s environmental cause and to the beach community.”

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Located in the trendy, beach-themed Pacific City mall (21058 Pacific Coast Highway), The Bungalow is the vision of owner Brent Bolthouse, who has another The Bungalow lounge in Santa Monica.

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Bolthouse says the goal of both lounges is to provide an “intimate setting” that’s like being in someone’s home. The 6,000-sq-ft.space is divided into separate rooms with sofas, comfortable chairs, pool tables, fireplaces, and a patio overlooking a million-dollar view of the beach.

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Warm and welcoming, The Bungalow is just steps from the sand, making it an ideal watering hole for beating the heat and savoring the lounge’s craft beer and signature drink selections.

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Add in an assortment of tacos, sliders and flat breads brought in from the lounge’s culinary partner The Bear Flag Fish Co. located downstairs and you’re all set.

Surfwriter Girls can easily see whiling away an afternoon or evening with Greg Kishel watching the beach action from The Bungalow’s patio or taking in one of HB’s picture-perfect sunsets.

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With The Bungalow on the scene, now there’s another reason for everyone to say “We’re goin’ to Surf City, gonna have some fun.”

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