Since the 1950s opening of Gordie Surfboards beneath the city’s landmark pier, Huntington Beach (nicknamed “Surf City USA") has been home to a remarkable 47 surf shops, as well as the headquarters for both Quiksilver and Roxy. Two don’t-miss shops, though, are Jack’s Surfboards and Huntington Surf & Sport.
Indeed, surfing’s equivalent of Times Square or Hollywood and Vine might be the intersection of Huntington Beach’s Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. On one corner is Jack’s Surfboards, a surfing palace that began as a modest shop in 1957. Outside, you can pay tribute to surfing greats memorialised in a slew of granite monuments at the Surfing Walk of Fame.
On the opposite corner is Huntington Surf & Sport’s flagship store, which is home to the Surfers’ Hall of Fame—the sport’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater—thanks to the footprints, signatures, and handprints of the biggest names in surfing. A statue of Duke Kahanamoku, the three-time Olympic swimming gold medallist and Hawaiian surfing icon who helped bring the sport to Huntington Beach, stands in the plaza outside. Inside, you’ll find a surfing megastore, with a huge wetsuit room and a massive collection of boards from leading shapers. Take a break in the store café Java Point, where you can hang with surfers fresh from the lineup along the Huntington Pier.
Whether it’s manicured beach towns or celebrated theme parks, all framed by oceanfront towns and luxury yachts, “The OC” stands out as one of the state’s most iconic destinations. The always-amazing Disneyland Resort, roughly a 1-hour drive south of L.A. and 2 hours north of San Diego, continues to be one of the best-loved theme parks in the world, while Knott’s Berry Farms and other OC attractions amp up the fun metre.
“Surfing is like golf. . . it keeps knocking you down. But when you stay with it and catch that wave. . . magic.” --actor Dennis Quaid
Shop at spectacular South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, or get the surfer look in Huntington Beach, aka Surf City, USA.
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