Tag Archives: Surf

Huntington Sunset

Activity: Beach’ it, Beach/Pier Stroll, Sunset Views

January 6, 2020

Huntington Beach and it’s iconic pier are synonymous with Southern California. Even the Los Angeles News Channel shows the HB Pier for their weather report, and Huntington Beach is in Orange County

Huntington Beach is 10 miles of California Dream’n. It is not Beverly Hills on the beach like Newport Beach, it doesn’t have rocky outcropping and flowers like Laguna Beach, it’s doesn’t have the celebrities like Malibu, it doesn’t have the muscle like Venice Beach, nor a Ferris Wheel like Santa Monica- what it does have is big, beautiful broad beaches, that accommodate large crowds and that is exactly what it has for the US Open of Surfing, the Airshow of the Pacific, and the 4th of July Fireworks, along with numerous other events. It seems like there is always something happening at the Huntington Beach Pier.

When I moved to Huntington Beach back in the 80’s I lived right on the sand in the condos next to the pier. What a place for a young man to live. I was blown away to see the best surfers, skim boarders, and skaters I had ever seen. BMX bikers that could make their bikes dance. I thought to myself doesn’t anyone have a job here? In that respect nothing much has changed, it is still a celebration of life and of Beach.

Surf City USA defines the surf culture for the World. Each year the US Open of Surfing has beach goers, and surfing enthusiasts flocking to Huntington’s golden sands to cheer on the best surfers on the planet. HB hosts the biggest surfing event in the world and it’s standing room only during the week long event Finals.

The US Open of Surfing draws about half a million to this the ultimate celebration of beach culture, and it seems every fit dude is there showing off rock hard abs to a host of bodacious beach babes that can really rock a bikini. During the seven day beach party there is a circus like atmosphere that goes hand in hand with the surfing event. There is plenty of action behind the scenes, basically a surf fair on the other side of the grandstands with food, drawings and give always at booths put on by many of the manufacturers of the beach lifestyle, and fun in the sun activities. The best skate boarders, and BMX Bikers are showing off their moves with an arena just for them. There are big screens on the pier and in the surf fair with Live TV feed of the surfing.

At times the event has had the top motorcycle stunt jumpers, major recording acts giving free concerts, and bikini contests. The event had become so big in the mid 80’s that it was impossible to control and things got out of hand resulting in a riot. So at that point they scaled it back.

Besides the surfing there seems like there is always something going on at the pier such as Pro Volleyball, World Championship of Paint Ball, concerts, it is always something.

Blue Angeles Airshow of the Pacific, photo via LAYC
Daughter Marina, “Pursuing Balance Through Adventure” Baseball Cap Ad
“It’s a wonderful metaphor, catching a wave, for how you can look at other challenges in your life.” – Jeff Bridges

Thanks for joining Marina and myself as we brought you another episode of Orange County Beaches and in particular my beloved Huntington Beach. Take a moment and COMMENT, LIKE, SHARE, and FOLLOW so you can enjoy more OC Beaches. While you are at it, checkout the menu above and join me for “Pursuing Balance Through Adventure“ and explore with me how to unleash that inner hiking, backpacking, and adventure beast in you as we at the same time explore our inner being through profound experiences in nature. Each PBTA location is a separate website and each will need to be FOLLOWED independently. If you like the baseball caps that Marina and I are wearing you can have you own “Pursuing Balance Through Adventure“ hat sent and go to SHOP APPAREL for all your adventure wear needs.

Monarch Bay-Salt Creek-Dana Strand beaches

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CALIFORNIA

Activity: Beach Stroll

Date: October 28, 2019

Laguna Niguel, a little South of Laguna Beach and a little North of Dana Point has some great beaches. The water is so clear there that it just seems different than other parts of SoCal. It is a beautiful spot with cliffs, rocky outcroppings, a nice little park, a sweet little surf break, mansions and a world class resort on the cliffs above, surfers, cute bikinied girls, and sunshine- acres and acres of sunshine. What more could you ask for?

On this day we went for a hike at Salt Creek Trail, and then afterwards for a stroll along this fabulous big broad beautiful beach. If you don’t have the bankroll to dole out for a Five Diamond Resort you can still roll like a rock-star on the same beach below, Salt Creek Beach. Then just to the North is the Monarch Bay Beach, and to the South Dana Strand Beach. They are connected and all three are exquisite.

Monarch Bay Beach has a private gated community above on the cliff and on the sand is the Monarch Bay Beach Club for members and guests.

Salt Creek Beach is directly below the Ritz Carlton and in front of the resort is a pay parking area. It is a steep walk down a road to the beach which runs along a nice green belt which is Salt Creek Park.

To the South is Dana Strand Beach. Between Salt Creek Beach and Dana Strand Beach is a little tide pool area. There are expensive mansions adorning the cliffs all along the area continuing all the way to the Dana Point Headlands.

Monarch Bay Beach
Dana Strand Beach
Surfers at Salt Creek
Life takes you down many paths but my favorite ones lead to the beach.

The beach, the beach, boy do I love the beach, and if you love the beach then you will want FOLLOW, LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE so you won’t miss out on a single episode of ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ OC Beaches. And so you will be beach ready join me for a hike- just check the menu above for hiking throughout the West. Each ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ site is separate so you will want to follow each one individually. Then you will need a hat and a shirt to protect you from too much fun in the sun so checkout SHOP APPAREL.

Life’s a Beach!

Roger Jenkins, Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

Seal Beach

Activity: Beach Stroll

Date: 1-27-20

Seal Beach is the most northerly beach in Orange County, just south of Long Beach, which is LA County. To it’s south is Sunset Beach and the entrance to Huntington Harbor. The Navy has a ship docked there which is part of the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.

Seal Beach is a quaint neighborhood beach quieter and less crowded than other Orange County Beaches, such as famed Huntington Beach to the South. Like many OC Beaches it boasts a broad beach where there is plenty of fun in the sun in it’s compact mile and a half of golden sand. The moderate surf, it’s broad beach along with perfect Summer Breeze makes Seal Beach a favorite for Kite-sailors, and Windsurfers.

Main Street in lined with fun little shops, restaurants, and bars that are kick back and down to earth. Main Street leads right to the Seal Beach Pier, which is the second longest wooden pier in California. The longest being Oceanside in San Diego County. It was built in the 1900’s and rebuilt in the 1980’s when it and other Southern California piers suffered severe storm damage. The Seal Beach Pier is great for strolling, sight seeing, and fishing.

Seal Beach is certainly a nice place to relax and enjoy California.

“My sense of direction leads me one way: to the beach.“

Thanks for joining me at Seal Beach, a wonderful place to be taking a load off and relaxing while ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’. For more OC Beaches please FOLLOW, LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE.

Life’s a Beach!

Roger Jenkins, Pursing Balance Through Adventure