Huntington Beach - known as Surf City USA - has long been recognised as the birthplace of Californian surfing culture.
Named ‘The Best California Beach’ by USA Today, Huntington Beach's shoreline stretches for 16 uninterrupted kilometres of wide opened sandy beach. This stretch of beach has a timeless feel with its long surf history as the birthplace of surfing culture. Each year the US Surf Open brings an electric atmosphere as a flood of people come into town from all of the world for the events that brings the energy and transforms the town, The Pier and the crowds on the sand. No matter what the waves are doing there is always something to do in Huntington Beach as it offers a mix of relaxation and outdoor activities year-round. Although she doesn't live here full time, Sally Fitzgibbons, professional surfer, regularly spends large chunks of time here and shares her top spots:
What are your favourite food spots in Huntington Beach?
“As well as serving up awesome waves, Huntington Beach also knows how to serve up delicious and nutritious dishes.
"After working up an appetite on the beach it’s only fitting to head to Duke’s restaurant and Barefoot Bar.
Named after the father of international surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, and located on the beach at Huntington Beach Pier, it’s here where you can enjoy premium seafood and prime streaks in what feels like a Hawaiian beach house.
"For something fun for your tastes buds you have to try the newly opened modern California marketplace with a twist, Lemonade.
"To have an authentic California culinary experiences head to the Surf City Night Markets that takes place every Tuesday night on Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach. The markets are great as growers from all around Southern California bring their produce to the markets for you to enjoy. This is also a great way to help make health conscious meal decisions while tasting local dishes that are unique to the destination."
What to do in Huntington Beach?
"Surf! It’s a must-do. The US Open of Surfing is the world's largest surf competition and lifestyle festival, with over 500,000 people attending the 9-day extravaganza annually. The best surfers in the world compete for one of the largest prize purses in the industry, along with essential points in their bid to become crowned the world's best surfer.
“I've competed in the US Open the past 13 years. I find the energy and atmosphere to compete in sets it apart from other major surfing events. I also love the surf history that comes with being at the iconic Huntington Beach. It is epic paddling through the pier in the Jersey and thinking how many legends of our sport have done the same.
"If surfing isn’t your thing you can always jump on an electric bike and take in the 16 kilometres of stunning shoreline. Don’t forget to stop off at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier for the perfect Instagram snaps.
"After getting your heart pumping on your bike ride it’s time to treat yourself to the ultimate spa experience at Haven of Wellness Day Spa for a tranquil treatment to relax the mind, body and soul."
Where to stay?
"Kimpton Shorebreak Resort is a surfer’s dream hotel and it’s no wonder this boutique surf hotel is where the US Surf competitors choose to stay! Shorebreak features coastal chic interiors, cruiser bikes for hire and a thrilling gym with an array of hard core equipment and climbing wall guaranteed to deliver you a solid workout even Rocky Balboa would approve of.
"Shorebreak is only a stone throw away from the beach and close to the vibrant Main Street. With cool ocean blues, open-air patios, cozy fire-pits and award-winning surf photography on show at Aaron Chang’s Photo Gallery, Shorebreak takes the essence of Surf City USA to a whole other level."
For more information visit Surf City USA.