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By Jessie Brunner | April 12, 2007
Huntington Beach has found a place for itself in the 2007 Newport Beach Film Festival, and, not surprisingly, it has done so in the form of a surf documentary. But "Chasing the Dream" is not the traditional collage of exotic surf spots or world-champion surfers. Following eight Huntington Beach High School teens as they pursue their dream of becoming world-championship surfers, the film aims to show the behind-the-scenes reality of professional surfing. "In a lot of the surf films out there, you see this elite, hard-bodied, tan group of people — not vulnerable human beings," said director Angelo Mei. "This film shows you what it really takes to become a professional surfer."
By: RICK FIGNETTI | September 22, 2005
The Assn. of Surfing Professionals scored big time last week for the Boost Mobile Pro at Lower Trestles, as the biggest swell of the summer hit with breakers getting as large as 10 feet. The premier southwest point break had flawless shape for the last part of the event, and the top surfers in the world were putting on quite a performance. The top-ranked surfer in the world -- six-time world champ Kelly Slater -- was once again the man of the hour.
May 12, 2005
Huntington Beach's second largest employer announced plans to sponsor the Huntington Beach High School surf team Monday during an awards dinner at the Elks Lodge in Huntington Beach. Huntington Beach High Coach Andy Verdone made the announcement alongside Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight. "This is a great city with great people. We try to surround ourselves with great people every day and this sponsorship is a way to continue to connect with the youth," McKnight said, later telling the dozens of team members gathered at the forum to "stay in school, keep learning, keep competing and keep active."
By Rick Fignetti | April 29, 2010
Just as expected, the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards went big time. It was like the Oscars, but instead honored the guys who surf giant waves. The blue carpet was rolled out and the cameras were flashing and filming the whole scene. Legendary surfers and shapers such as Rory Russell, a Pipeline standout years ago, Sunset carver Reno Abellira, premier shaper Rusty Preisendorfer, world champs Peter Townend and master of ceremonies Mark Occhilupo and premier wave forecaster Sean Collins were just a few of the celebrities on hand.
By Steve Virgen | July 26, 2009
HUNTINGTON BEACH – When Brett Simpson woke up this morning he kept thinking how cool it would be to go up against Kelly Slater in the final of the Hurley U.S. Open of Surfing. Later in the day, things are definitely cool for Simpson, a Huntington Beach native. The 24-year-old has advanced to the men’s championship of the Open, but he’s not going to face Slater. That’s OK with Simpson, who is thrilled to reach the final in front of his family and friends.
By Steve Virgen | July 26, 2009
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Brett Simpson grew up dreaming to be like the surfing greats as they competed near his home at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Now he’s atop the elite. Simpson, the Huntington Beach native, won the men’s title and the largest cash reward of $100,000 today at the Hurley U.S. Open of Surfing. He is believed to be the first HB native to win the Open. Simpson saved his best for the final, gaining a combined wave score of 16.93.
July 21, 2005
Mike Sciacca The world's largest surfing competition, the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O'Neill, gets underway Friday at the Huntington Beach Pier. The U.S. Open of Surfing anchors the Bank of the West Beach Games. More than 600 athletes from around the globe will compete in surfing, skateboarding, BMX and volleyball. The Bank of the West Beach Games run July 28-31 at the pier. More than 500 world-class surfers from the U.S. and abroad will compete over a 10-day period in five divisions of competition.
February 6, 2003
Jenny Marder Trendsetter and surf-wear pioneer Quiksilver Inc. is expanding its Huntington Beach headquarters by nearly 210,000 square feet to accommodate a growing screen printing operation, additional offices and a "vibe area." Acquiring two new buildings will make the internationally esteemed snow, skate and surf-wear company more efficient and will cut costs in the long run, said Greg Ziegler, chief operating officer. The two 104,000-square-foot buildings were formerly occupied by Midwest Air Technologies Inc., and Emerson Electric Co.'s Bond Technologies Inc. One building will house the expanded screen print operation.
By James Pribram | September 1, 2010
The Billabong Pro — being held amid some of the most hollow and dangerous waves in the world, with famous left barrels — resumed Tuesday in clean three- to- four-foot waves for the completion of Round 2 and the first 12 heats of Round 3. The Billabong Pro Tahiti, the fifth of 10 events on the 2010 ASP World Tour, played host to an incredible day of surf action. There were major upsets to those in the hunt for the ASP World Title as well as surfers falling off the Dream Tour, the result of the midyear cut-off from the ASP Top 45 to the Top 34 (top 32 finishers plus two wild cards)
September 11, 2013
Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb have made it two wins in a row on the 2013 Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Patterson, a resident of Huntington Beach, and Gibb (Costa Mesa), the No. 2-seeded team in the tournament, won the men's title at the Atlantic City Open at Atlantic City, N.J. Sunday by defeating the top-seeded team of Sean Rosenthal (Los Angeles) and Phil Dalhausser (Ventura), 21-19, 21-15, in the final. Patterson and Gibb were coming off a win a week earlier at the Cincinnati Open in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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