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February 12, 2019 3 min read

Sun, surf and sand….if you want to experience a laid-back lifestyle on your next vacation then Huntington Beach, CA is it.

HB represents the iconic side of Southern California and rightfully touts itself as the Surf City USA.  There’s a perfect combination of epic waves and sun-kissed beaches, with a variety of other luxuries only found in Orange County.  This beach city has something for everyone, making it a remarkable tourist spot. 
Let’s check out 7 reasons why Surf City USA should be your next vacation.

1. Dog Friendly

It's true that all dogs go to heaven, and it's called Huntington Dog Beach. This spectacular beach is located along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) between Seapoint Avenue and 21st Street. Here you can let your best friend off leash, and enjoy some play time with other beach-friendly dogs.  If you enjoy trail runs together, then the adjacent  Dog Beach Trail is close by, which covers a round-trip distance of 1.6 miles.   

2. The Pier

You can’t visit this amazing spot without stopping at the Huntington Beach Pier. It is one of the longest public piers on the West Coast. Boasting an awesome treat at the end of the pier, Rubys Surf City Diner, where you can enjoy a delicious shake and fries, while taking in stunning panoramic views of Catalina Island, Newport Beach to the south, and Long Beach and San Pedro to the north.  Plan your trip on a Friday afternoon, and catch the awesome farmers market, which is located just next to the Pier.

3. Kid Friendly Fun

Are you up for a holiday to Huntington Beach, California with your little ones? Then make sure that you packing a couple of extra sets of clothes for the day. The Huntington Central Park is the hub for an Adventure Playground. It has a primitive section of the park, in which there’s an opportunity for kids within the age range of 5-12 years to live out all their muddy dreams. Your kids will find a mudslide prime for sliding, a small pond to raft, and a variety of raw materials like plywood to construct a fort of their own. You will find this particular playground to be open only during the summers.

4.  Craft Beer

Northern California is known for its wine, but HB is a hub for great craft beer, with 5 noteworthy breweries flowing everyday of the week just minutes from the beach.  The list includes: Four Sons Brewing, Riip Beer Company, Dudes' Brewery, Huntington Beach Beer Company, Beachwood Brewing, Side Pour.

5. Volleyball

If you love to play volleyball then you are certainly in luck. Huntington Beach is an integral part of the annual Association of Volleyball Players Beach Volleyball Tour,boasting nearly two dozen nets on either side of the pier await players of all skill levels, and are free to use.

6. Beach Bonfires 

There's perhaps nothing more Southern Californian than a beach fire. Fire pits line the beach at Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington State Beach. All you need to bring is the wood, and s'mores for a momentous night to remember. 

7. Vans US Open of Surfing

Love festivals and world class surfing? The Us Open of Surfing is the world's largest gathering of the best surfers and the world, and crowd of 500,000 stoked out fans. This year the contest runs from July 27, 2019 - August 4, 2019. The free event, is the annual WSL qualifier competition, and also includes BMX and skateboarding as well as variety of alternative entertainment.

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Author Bio: Lyla Morris is a Founder & Editor at Lylamorris.com. She loves to write about Parenting and Health Care tips also.

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Not sold on it

I had really high hopes. I have been able to use the Bula on a couple good days. I'm liking my old board better so far. But will try it a couple more times before I return it just to be sure. I have none of the below issues with my Enjoy planer, and thinking of going back.
1. The dam thing is not secure on my hand. No mater how tight I make it. It litterally pops off my hand while on a wave. Its getting really anoying having to constantly pay attention to it.
2. I switch my hand depending on the wave direction. It's tough for me to get a grip on the nose, pull it off then pull tightly on other hand in time. I've missed a couple good ones because of this.
3. The pad that goes accross the top of my hand doesnt cover my whole hand and the seam starts to rub on my hand and is uncomfortable.
4. Not a huge deal but wasnt happy that there were some small cosmetc defects on the board. Eslescially for the price
5. The board bag is kind of ridiculous. Its huge and picture on website isnt to scale, but I probably just wont use it. It was basically free.

I think the only thing I can say positive is I think it has good control... after getting used to the angle I need, and may be a bit more bouyant to pull me out of water for speed. But i need to try it a few times more and figure out how to keep the dam thing on!

I am giving these to my grandsons at the end of the month. I am sure they will love them.

Hand slyde

The leash works amazing i won't go out without my leash on....

Bula hand board

This handboard is exactly what I was looking for. The size and craftsmanship is fantastic! I have gotten some great rides with this board. Super fun.

Ready for the Senior Tour

I received my Slyde Phish just before 2 weeks of gloomy weather. Now that I’ve had a chance to road test it, I can’t wait to get back in the water.

Growing up in Long Island NY, body surfing was my first wave gliding experience. Typically we would drive straight to shore so surfing the diagonal has been a learning curve.

I look forward to many great sets this summer.

Matthew Papish (59)
Laguna Beach