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SPECIALIZED PUBLICATION DESIGN HUNTINGTON BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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HUNTINGTON BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Huntington Beach
The Boeing Company has maintained a “Special Space” within the community
BOEING
50 YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP
RIDING THE
WILD SURF
Celebrating a long heritage of sur ng and surf culture
SHOPPING
More than 8 million square feet of retail shopping
THE GREAT
OUTDOORS
Experience a multitude of diverse recreational activities all within Huntington Beach
FEATURE
HUNTINGTON BEACH CELEBRATES ITS LONG HERITAGE TOF SURFING AND SURF CULTURE. BY JIM FARBER
he throngs of spectators that lined the beach on that celebratory day of June 20, 1914 had never seen anything like it. They marveled at the new Huntington Beach Pier, the longest of its type in the United States, extending 1,500 feet into the Paci c Ocean.
The grand scale of the pier must have impressed them. But the sight that truly captured their imaginations, and caused them to cheer, was a handsome young man named George Freeth, perched atop what appeared to be a long wooden plank, gliding gracefully atop the waves while he performed all manner of tricks. How was it possible they wondered?
The effect Freeth’s performance had on the crowd was not lost on the man who had organized the construc- tion of the pier and arranged for this early display of sur ng dexterity— railroad magnate, oil man and real estate developer supreme, Henry Huntington, the father of Huntington Beach.
What Huntington did not know was that Freeth’s wave riding was destined to become one of the most popular sports of all time with its own laid-back lifestyle and bold fashion statement, that sur ng would inspire an “endless summer’s” worth of movies and a pop-music phenomenon. Or that the city that so prominently bore Huntington’s name would come to be known around the world as Surf City, USA!
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U.S. Open of Sur ng 2013 winner Alejo Muniz
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FEATURE
Welcome To Huntington Beach
LIFESTYLE
Ideal weather, a diversi ed economy teeming with good jobs, a wide variety of housing, an excellent educational system, boat marinas, numerous parks, and exemplary health care are why Huntington Beach enjoys the reputation of being the perfect Orange County destination to live, work, and play. Visitors, as well as residents of this scenic city, treasure its eight and a half miles of wide, public, sandy beaches. Breathtaking sunsets offer dramatic backdrops for beach parties with bon res, sandcastle building, kite  ying, walking, jogging, bike riding, and photography. It’s no wonder that Huntington Beach has earned recognition for its outstanding quality of life. The renowned Huntington Beach Pier is a memorable destination and a frequent subject of art and photography. Pier Plaza, a theater-like setting at the base of the pier,
hosts many special musical, sports, and community events throughout the year. The Huntington Beach Pier is the longest concrete municipal pier in Southern California.
The 356-acre Central Park encompasses a world-class library. The community also has four branch libraries. The Central Library & Cultural Center hosts the largest children’s library in California, along with a popular community theater.
The Huntington Beach Art Center,  ve recreation centers (including a senior citizens center), the International Sur ng Museum, Pier Plaza, and the Sports Complex are popular places for cultural and sports events. The major religious af liations are represented in Huntington Beach with over 50 houses of worship.
Fine to casual dining is available at hundreds of restaurants throughout the city. The selection grows every year.
RECREATION
Sur ng, sailing, volleyball on the beach,  shing, tennis, golf, and a wide variety of city recreation programs are available for all ages in Huntington Beach. Community youth programs and sports opportunities add even more choices for enrichment.
Parks, beaches and recreational activities are offered for all to enjoy. The city, of cially titled “Surf City USA,” focuses on its eight and a half miles of pristine beaches that annually host professional and amateur surf and volleyball contests, plus a growing number of nationally televised beach events. It was during the 1960’s that Huntington Beach became iden- ti ed as “Surf City” when the popular Jan & Dean song “Surf City” climbed the musical charts bringing the fantasy of the beach lifestyle to the nation.
The beach and pier are popular year-round for visitors
and residents alike. People from throughout Orange County remember fondly their summers at the beach. Now home of the U.S. Open of Sur ng, the event draws crowds of 300,000 each July.
EDUCATION
More than 50 public and private schools offer elementary, middle, high school and adult education in Huntington Beach. Golden West and Coastline Community Colleges are located within city limits and provide a variety of training and career skills. Nearby are campuses of the University of California Irvine, the California State Universities of Long Beach and Fullerton, and a number of private colleges.
SURFCITY
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BREATHTAKING SUNSETS OFFER DRAMATIC BACKDROPS FOR BEACH PARTIES WITH BONFIRES, SANDCASTLE BUILDING, KITE FLYING, WALKING,
JOGGING, BIKE RIDING, AND PHOTOGRAPHY.
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SURF’S UP!FOR 100 YEARS SURFING
AND HUNTINGTON BEACH HAVE SHARED THE SAME GREAT WAVE. BY JIM FARBER
He is  ying through the air,  ying forward,  ying fast as the surge on which he stands. He is a Mercury— a brown Mercury. His heels are winged, and in them is the swiftness of the sea... I saw him tearing in on the back of a wave, standing upright with his board, carelessly poised, a young god bronzed with sunburn.
That’s how Jack London, the great American writer and world traveler, described George Freeth, a young Irish/Hawaiian he encountered during a trip to Hawaii in 1907. It was an experience London went on to describe in an article he titled, “A Royal Sport: Sur ng in Waikiki,” which appeared in (of all places) The Lady’s Home Companion!
As one of the largest business associations in Orange County serving over 700 businesses, the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the region. The 2013 Business Directory was a collaboration between Chamber Marketing Partners (chambermarketingpartners.com) and Robbie Destocki.
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George Freeth
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