The 9.5 mile stretch of sandy beach is located in Orange County and bears the name of the city where it is located — Huntington Beach. We’ve all heard of Surf City USA, but did we know that Surf City USA is Huntington Beach. The song “Surf City” was written and recorded by Jan Berry and Dean Torrence (Jan and Dean) in 1963. In 1991 Dean moved to Huntington Beach, California and convinced elected officials that the town should be officially named “Surf City”. Huntington Beach officials trademarked “Surf City”. Huntington Beach still retains that trademark. The actual beach is usually referred to as just “HB”.
Surf City is such an appropriate name because of the surf. “HB” has the most consistent surf year ’round because of a natural effect caused by the edge wave diffraction (that’s one of those things I understand but not well enough to explain it to anyone — so you’ll have to Google that one). Anyway it impacts the swells around Catalina Island. The swells are generated from the North Pacific in the winter and from Southern Hemisphere storms in the summer.
“HB” is more than a great place to surf.
Fishermen line the pier waiting for the smelt to bite.
Great photo ops! But you don’t have to go to this extreme to capture that perfect picture.
Exercise is paramount!
And so many other ways to enjoy “HB” from kiting, to watching the birds and seals, to just “hanging out”
Just another one of my favorite beaches that I know you will enjoy too
And while you’re there “Dukes” is a really good place to have lunch or dinner.
The restaurant is named after Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) He was a 5-time Olympic Medalist in Swimming as well as an actor, and surfer. He is credited with making surfing popular in Mainland America in 1912 while living in Newport Beach, CA.