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Surf Henge Surfboard Statue in Huntington Beach

surf henge
surf henge statue
Surf Henge is a stop along the surfing map attraction offerings. Location: Pacific Coast Highway and Beach Boulevard at coastal entrance to Huntington Beach City Beach.

Surfing mapConsidering the glued-on seashells fell off in the first year, it's a good thing they opted to not pipe in the the sounds of the sea at this giant concrete slab that commemorates surfing in Huntington Beach.

Surf Henge, two columns of cement with a cement surfboard balanced symmetrically atop them, sits in a big sand lot. The concept, we presume, was to base the design on Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. After Huntington Beachh's version was unveiled, A very clever chef, Adam Navadi, across the street at Hyatt Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, created his own cheese plate of gourmet cheeses shaped like this structure that he named Cheese Henge.

Public art can be great, or it can show the difficulty in making decisions by committee. Surf Henge was one such project that got overworked in the planning process.  The result is....whatever you think.

It is what it is. And it greets visitors to Huntington Beach. Many say they hardly notice it. Others think it's cool. Some think it is ugly. But a piece of art was needed in the spot, and this is what Huntington Beach's best minds selected and got.

Along the shores and on our surfing map, you'll find some better pieces--no contest, in our thinking.