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Greer's OC: Open surf season

August 04, 2010|By Greer Wylder

Tuesday marked the beginning of an incredible free concert series at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, but BMX, fashion, skating and, of course, surf events will continue from morning until night.

The venue opens at 7 a.m. or earlier for the remainder of the competition, allowing visitors to make their mark on the Nike 6.0 Art Wall or wander around the grounds. If you missed the Cold War Kids on Tuesday night or Bedouin Soundclash on Wednesday, Switchfoot will take over the stage tonight. Weezer and Hot Hot Heat, a bill that will sell out an arena in minutes, will close out the free concert series Saturday night – best to get there early and watch the women's surf finals!

Friday is the Walk the Walk Grand Championship on the music stage, presenting five high school teams in a "Project Runway" meets "Friday Night Football" competition. Huntington Beach High School is among the contenders who are competing for a $25,000 donation for their school after making it through the video challenge process. Schools are encouraged to put together something worthy of Fashion Week and the final judging begins at 4 p.m. Cobra Starship and Street Drum Corps will perform on the same stage immediately after.

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The men's surf competitions finish up Sunday. The U.S. Open of Surfing stadium and festival grounds are on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.

Sleek, sophisticated hotel

The Hotel Hanford in Costa Mesa has debuted 79 newly designed, sleek and sophisticated guestrooms with handmade furnishings, flat-screen televisions and free wireless Internet service. The independent, boutique-style hotel even has Starbucks coffee available for delivery right to every guest's door. Hanford Hotels, a Newport Beach-based hotel owner and operator, has been converting the former Holiday Inn Costa Mesa since December 2009. The hotel has remained opened since the renovation began and plans for the final debut will be announced at the end of the summer.

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