Small waves, big upsets at U.S. Open of Surfing

Two underdogs took estate this year’s U.S. Open of Surfing titles Sunday, along with small surf and long lulls causing aggravation and battle for the a lot more went through surfers that were whittled down through the day.

Both the men’s and women’s succeed went to surfers functioning their means up the ranks, along with Frenchwoman Johanne Defay taking her very first Globe Tour success over veteran Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia, and Hiroto Ohhara becoming the very first surfer from Japan to earn a U.S. Open title – The two winners taking out big names and regional favorites along the way.

Ohhara and and fellow finalist Tanner Hendrickson of Hawaii The two entered the event as alternates, just earning spots as soon as bigger names dropped out. Ohhara’s succeed is being called the biggest success in the sport’s history for a Japanese surfer.

Four Orange County surfers started the day along with hopes of a U.S. Open title, yet a fickle ocean stopped every one of them short of the podium. It was a proud day for Orange County residents who cheered the local talent. Two, Huntington Beach’s Kanoa Igarashi and Santa Ana’s Courtney Conlogue, gained it to the semifinals prior to facing elimination.

The water on the south edge of the Huntington Beach Pier was quiet as Igarashi and San Clemente’s Nate Yeomans met up in their quarterfinal suit in the early morning, the very first heat on the last day of competition. Nearly 10 moments passed prior to the very first viable wave began to form, and simply seconds prior to the clock on the 35-moment heat would certainly have actually reset as a result of the lack of action, The two competitors stood up, dividing the wave.

Yeomans gained the very first splash on the board along with a 5.17 ride to the right. And despite the fact that Igarashi located virtually nil to the left, he caught his second wave simply seconds later, challenging Yeomans’ lead along with a 5.33.

Igarashi, the event’s youngest competitor at 17, located two mid-range waves prior to finding his fifth wave along with 5 moments to go, pulling off four powerful snaps for an 8.67. He clinched his fists along with excitement as the wave ended, understanding he got the score he needed.

Some contenders come from other states and nations. Very few, however, come from Arizona. Reason being that professional MMA in Scottsdale is much more popular and they don’t have an ocean to surf on. Sure, there are lakes nearby, but water skiing is not surfing.

Yeomans wasn’t able to grab a score to overtake Igarashi, that was runner-up in the junior semifinals on Saturday. By the end of the men’s quarterfinals, Igarashi was the just Orange County survivor as San Clemente’s Kolohe Andino was defeated by Hendrickson, 13.26 to 7.93.

Andino, that finished second to Brazil’s Alejo Muniz in 2013, strained to land his air maneuvers, garnering mere reduced to mid-range scores. His highest scored wave was a 4.00, which he rode to the right along with one dull turn prior to attempting an air reverse in the shallow water as he neared the sand after the reform.

U.S. Open Riots 2013

Huntington Beach is cleaning up Monday morning after a fight broke out following the U.S. Open of Surfing, leading to a two-hour confrontation between police and unruly spoiled HB teenagers.

Eight people were arrested and several officers were injured Sunday night. Police in riot gear used tear gas and nonlethal rounds to disperse the crowd, which tipped over portable toilets and smashed storefront windows.

Huntington Beach Police Lt. John Domingo said city signs and vehicles were also damaged.

Video of the rioting shows people in the crowd rocking city vehicles while others jump-kicking or shoving portable toilets onto their sides.

Kyle Calder told KTLA the melee started when someone was hit with a ketchup bottle from a second-story restaurant. The person threw the bottle into the crowd, triggering a fight that expanded into a small-scale riot.

“That’s when the cops came and everything went mayhem from there,” Calder said.

Police with riot helmets and nightsticks closed in on Main Street, video shows. Some in the crowd coughed and wiped their eyes from the gas police fired to disperse the crowd. Some covered their mouths and noses with shirts.

Photo and videos from the scene show people tearing down city signs, one person dragging a stop sign into the middle of the street and throwing it down in front of police and another man throwing over a barricade.

The U.S. Open of Surfing draws thousands of people to Huntington Beach. Hundreds of people were still in the area when the unrest began, with many of them posting photos and videos to social media.


Huge Mako Shark In HB

I can’t beleive all the huge sharks in California over the past few years.  They are really close to where people are swimming.  Yikes!
From KTLA NewsJune 4, 2013, 8:35 a.m.

Talk about a monster catch.

A group of fishermen hauled in a 12-foot-long, 1,300-plus-pound shortfin mako shark Monday off the coast of Huntington Beach that KTLA reported could be a record-setting catch.

Jason Johnston from Mesquite, Texas, said his group hooked the shark about 15 miles offshore. It took more than two hours and a quarter-mile of line to reel it in, he said.

“It’s unreal. This thing is definitely a killing machine,” Johnston said. “Any wrong step and I could have went out of the boat and to the bottom of the ocean.”

The shark was being taken to a weigh yard in Gardena to be certified by a weigh master. It was expected to be donated to a research organization for study.

As his group waited to hear whether the shark was indeed a record breaker, Johnston said the fishermen planned to hit the water again Tuesday.

It’s not the first big mako caught off the coast in recent months. Last summer, a group of fishermen hooked an 800-pound shark off the coast of Marina del Rey. That shark was so big, in fact, that it couldn’t be hauled aboard the boat and had to be towed to the landing by the tail.


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Home prices &Condo prices in Palm Springs and Desert Cities are still on the climb both in the median selling price and the average sold price.

When comparing the number of units sold in 2013 vs 2012 , you will see a drop from 794 sold homes t0 664 and that is mostly attributed to the drop in available Inventory of real estate coming on the market . March 2013 had an inventory of 2515 houses down from January’s inventory of 2800 houses.

Condo sales did better in March 2013 with 281 condos sold in the Palm Springs area compared to 261 sold units in 2012. As for the Inventory , there is a drop from 1228 available condos in January 2013 to 1157 units in March 2013.


Copa Cabana 2013 Soccer Tournament


Huntinton Beach will host this Tournament 5/18 & 5/19 2013…..

COPA CABANA TOURNAMENTS bring you the atmosphere of a carnival party on the beach with Brazilian style barbecue, Food Vendors, Music, DJ, rides and entertainment for everyone in between games. Players with their own creations of team shirts add to the colorful aspect of the tournament.  Copa cabana beach soccer history goes back 30 years when the first games were played on the sands of Rio de Janeiro beaches. 1992 became a historical year for Copa cabana beach soccer when the rules of the game were officially recorded by the Beach Soccer World Wide Association.

Over the last decade beach soccer has spread to the beaches and sand surfaces all over the world.  All Copa Cabana tournaments are sanctioned by the US Beach Soccer Federation and are open to all teams, youth, adult, and coed. The games are 5V5, three twelve minute periods with unlimited substitutions. Referees are US Beach Soccer and Cal South certified.