Huntington Beach is the site of the world surfing championships, held in the summer every year. The city is often referred to as “Surf City” because of this high profile event, its history and culture of surfing. It is often called the “Surfing Capital of the World”, not for the height of the waves, but rather for the consistent quality of surf. Apart from sponsored surf events, Huntington Beach has some of the best surf breaks in the State of California and that of the United States.
“The Cliffs” or “Dog Beach” is also another popular surf spot. This segment of Huntington Beach obtains these names because dogs are allowed around the cliff area. Beach is very restricted and often is submerged with high tides. Surf at this location tends to be even bigger than Bolsa Chica during the winter and often better. During the summer most of the South/Southwest swells slide right by and often break poorly. The best option is to take out a longboard, but shortboards will do at times. Dolphins have also been sighted in this area.
Many of the events at Huntington Beach are focused around the beach during the summer. The U.S. Open of Surfing is featured on the south side of the pier. A biathlon (swim/run) hosted by the Bolsa Chica & Huntington State Beach Lifeguards takes place in July, early at dawn. The race begins at the Santa Ana River Jetties and ends at Warner Avenue, Bolsa Chica State Beach. Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard day camps are held which teaches pre-adolescents and adolescents ocean swimming, running, and first-aid medical knowledge.
During the winter the annual Cruise of Lights Boat Tour is held in the Huntington Harbour neighborhood. This is a parade of colorful lighted boats as well as boat tours to view the decorated homes. The annual Kite Festival is held just north of the pier in late February.
Surf City Nights is held every Tuesday night during the entire year. The Tuesday Surf City Nights is a community-spirited event that features a farmer’s market, unique entertainment, food, kiddie rides and a carnival atmosphere. Surf City Nights and the Downtown Huntington Beach Art Walk are presented by the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District (HBDBID) and the City of Huntington Beach. The Tuesday night Surf City Nights event takes place in the first three blocks of Main Street from Pacific Coast Highway to Orange Avenue.
Downtown is basically split up into two sections. The number streets which are in the North side of the pier and the state streets which are on the South side of the pier. The numbered streets feature “bowling alley” house. Which are narrow lots with 3 story homes. The state streets feature standard sized lots and homes. Main Street divides the North and South side of the pier. There are many shops and restaurants up and down Main Street. This is what makes Downtown so attractive you can walk to the beach, coffee, dining, shopping, parks, and school. With prices that range from $200,000 to over $2,000,000 there is something for everyones tastes.