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Huntington Beach Enjoys Its Sports All Year Long

Huntington Beach features mild weather, perfect for visitors to enjoy their favorite sports all year. With less than 14 inches of annual rainfall and temperatures seldom above 90 degrees, Huntington Beach, California provides the ideal setting as the outdoor sports playground.

Surf City, USA, Huntington Beach attracts thousands of wave riders with miles of south-facing beaches that create perfect conditions for everyone from young novices to life-long surfing seniors.

Surfer Duke Kahanamoku came to the mainland from Hawaii and spent time in Huntington Beach helping to popularize the sport on the West coast more than 90 years ago. Because of Duke and other surfing pioneers, you’ll find surfer dudes and dudettes (guys and girls) clad in wetsuits, sitting in the Pacific Ocean waters waiting for the next great wave.

There are over 50 surfing competitions throughout the year in Huntington Beach. They take place in a variety of formats, but generally range in size from 40 to 100 participants with surfers ranging in age from 10 years old to senior citizens. Competitions take place at three surfing hot spots; just south of the Huntington Beach Pier, at Golden West Street, and at 9th Street.

Lessons at Zack's Beach Resort and Corky Carroll’s Surf School will have you shooting the curl in no time. Students of the sport can check out the history of surfing at the International Surfing Museum located downtown. They can also walk over to the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway to see the Surfing Walk of Fame in front of Jack's Surfboards or the Surfing Hall of Fame in front of Huntington Surf & Sport.

Huntington Beach is home to legions of professional surfers as well. Great weather and favorable conditions make it the ideal place to train and compete. Professional surfers from around the world converge on the city in late July for the U.S. Open of Surfing and Beach Games. It is one of the most prestigious surf competitions in the world and regularly attracts as many as 200,000 spectators.
Such is the fame of “Surf City” that the 10th Annual X-Games sponsored by ESPN are holding the surfing event in Huntington Beach in the summer of 2004. This new event pits two eight-surfer teams in a play off of the time-honored rivalry between the East (Florida) and West (California) Coast surfers.

As an offshoot of its surfing fame, Huntington Beach has worked hard to become a home for extreme sports. Skateboarding, BMX bike riding, and rollerblading continue to grow in popularity through showcase events like The Core Tour Sports and Music Festival that takes place in September. Extreme sports event are also held as part of the U.S. Open of Surfing and Beach Games.

Huntington Beach is the hottest spot in Orange County for competitive beach volleyball. Played on the sand, this brand of volleyball is highly athletic, with a premium on teamwork, as players move in unison to dig balls out of the shifting sand. It’s a workout that rivals any gym in town.

The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament is held in during the summer on the wide open sands of Huntington Beach. This event features the world's top beach volleyball athletes and includes youth clinics and music. Players also square off in 10 tournaments held throughout the summer for spikers of every age and skill level. Pick-up games start early on the weekends and go until sunset, with players of all levels competing for bragging rights as the best on the beach.

The best games take place at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier where 24 permanent nets attract hundreds of players each day. If you’re not a volleyball player, stroll out on the pier and you’ve got a bird’s-eye view as some of the best in the game hone their techniques.

A relaxing vacation for many includes a walk outside your hotel or resort door to eight miles of flat and sandy beachfront areas where you can run, bike or rollerblade for a couple of hours and still make it back in time for brunch or a morning swim in the ocean.

People who are serious about their cycling or training can go as far as their calves can take them up the Santa Ana River Trail. The trail starts where the mouth of the Santa Ana River and the Pacific Ocean meet and stretches 110 miles inland through Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. It includes 32 feeder trails and climbs from sea level to more than 8,600 feet, ending in the San Bernardino National Forest.

You may even want to consider training for Huntington Beach’s annual Pacific Shoreline Marathon that typically takes place on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s the only beachfront marathon in Southern California and attracts participants from throughout the U.S. and dozens of countries throughout the world. The route takes runners along the Pacific Ocean, passing through state parks, city beaches and adjacent to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands before finishing on Pacific Coast Highway at Pier Plaza. The event also features a half marathon, 5K run/walk and a Surf Kids Mile Run.

Runners can also participate in a Surf City 5K run in July, a 10-mile Distance Derby run in August or the 5K/10K Amigos de Bolsa Chica run in October. For a more easy-going time of it, the eight-mile-long Huntington Beach boardwalk stretching the length of the sand is perfect for a leisurely bike ride or rollerblade outing. The meandering paved path is wide open for cycling, in-line skating or simply walking along and watching surfers or volleyball games in the sand.

A group of skaters meet at Pier Plaza for a Fun Roll to Newport Beach and back every Saturday morning,  The 16-mile round trip moves at a nice and easy pace and all ages are welcome to join. Afterwards, the group gathers for lunch at downtown Huntington Beach eateries. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can find affordable rentals at several beach concessions that rent everything from umbrellas and chairs to all the equipment you’ll need to bike, skate, surf and skim the waves.

Huntington Beach Equestrian Center for horse lovers is located on 25 acres overlooking Huntington Central Park. Surrounded by 185 acres of public trails, the facility is home to 420 privately owned horses and offers public rentals through Horse Play Rentals. Take a one-hour guided trail ride on quiet and gentle horses or attend horse shows taking place throughout the year.