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July 29, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Turns out the surf wasn't the only thing up in Huntington Beach on Sunday. First, the city hosted the U.S. Open of Surfing. Then, it hosted the U.S. Open of Rioting . And on Monday morning, it was hosting the U.S. Open of Cleaning Up. Gee, Gidget, bet you didn't see this coming! Mix hundreds of young people, alcohol, an all-day event and what do you get? Tequila Uprising. Sadly, though, this type of incident is all too common in today's sporting world. Rioting is now as much a part of championship celebrations as the parade.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Huntington Beach resident Michael Heh said he was in awe at the scene on Main Street late Sunday. At the front of this sea of young, alcohol-fueled humanity packed into a two-lane street of storefronts was a row of what Heh estimated to be 150 shirtless “tough guys” taunting the outnumbered police. “Just not enough at all,” Heh told The Times in an interview Monday. PHOTOS: Huntington Beach disturbance He estimated maybe 20 officers were initially downtown Sunday to deal with the aftermath of the U.S. Open of Surfing when the crowd on Main Street turned violent and broke windows and looted businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Unruly crowds in Huntington Beach damaged property and clashed with police Sunday night following the close of a major surf competition. Witnesses said a rowdy group of young men threw bottles, tipped over portable toilets and looted at least one store before police dressed in riot gear quelled the disturbance. Witnesses said police used tear gas and non-lethal projectiles to clear the crowds. Police said the unrest began when a fight broke out at about 7 p.m., shortly after the conclusion of the eight-day U.S. Open of Surfing, which brought thousands of spectators to the Huntington Beach boardwalk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Police in riot gear converged on downtown Huntington Beach Sunday evening to break up an unruly crowd that had gathered following the U.S. Open of Surfing. A Huntington Beach Police spokesman said the department had requested help from neighboring agencies to quell the disturbance. Witnesses and police said fights broke out around 7 p.m., shortly after the surfing competition ended. Police did not provide details on whether there had been injuries or arrests. One witness, Russ Mundi, who attended the surfing contest, said he saw crowds tip over portable toilets and defy orders from police to leave.
SPORTS
July 28, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
As Alejo Muniz was carried through the crowd after winning the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, he raised his fingers to the sky while a fan draped a Brazilian flag around his back. The flag read "Ordem e Progresso" ("Order and Progress"), although it was the disorder in his life that had caused him to come to tears. Four years to the day, his grandfather died. Two weeks ago, his grandmother followed. Yet, nothing could take his eyes off the sky above him at Huntington Beach. "In the end, I knew they were sending those waves to me. That is why I pointed to the sky," Muniz said.
SPORTS
July 27, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
Kolohe Andino grew up as just one of the thousands of spectators on the shore of Huntington Beach gazing at the heroes of the U.S. Open of Surfing. But at 19, Andino enters Sunday as one of the favorites to be carried through the crowd with a U.S. Open title. Kolohe translates into "troublemaker" in Hawaiian, which is exactly what he'll try to be in a sport defined by its legends, including San Clemente surfing icon Dino Andino, who just happens to be his father. "I've surfed here a lot growing up through the amateur ranks, and I would come up here pretty much every weekend as a kid," Andino said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
Tanned, leathery and as ripped as a pair of old jeans, Australian surfing buddies Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones could pass for cast members of "The Expendables. " But instead of firing machine gun blanks at extras, they're up to something more dangerous: cresting the largest waves on Earth, some reached by nearly a 50-mile helicopter ride into the sea. Funded by Redbull - as is part of "Storm Surfers 3D" itself - the cartoonishly chipper best bros hunt monster thrills using everything from weather sonar to old Dutch sailing maps.
SPORTS
July 11, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
Almost 20 years later, Jeff Denholm still remembers in detail the first time he got back on a surfboard after the accident. It was a cold October morning at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk, Maine, when Denholm and his five remaining inches of right arm waded into the 30-degree water. Attached to his nub was a plastic cup stitched inside a wet suit. On the outside, Denholm glued a piece of hard rubber with a rudimentary scoop at the end. For 30 minutes, he side-stroked out, wondering how his self-made prosthesis would hold up as each large wave knocked him and his board backward.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Take a surfin' safari south of the border this summer with San Diego's Ocean Experience Surf School, which is offering four-day Baja Adventure Tours to Punta San Jacinto, Mexico, a well-known surf break about five hours south of San Diego. The trips include transportation, gear, food, lodging and instruction. “We have novices to pros on these trips,” said Linda Anderson, a spokeswoman for the 23-year-old surf school. “One of our recent trips included a woman from Venice Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Two women drowned Sunday off the coast eight miles north of Santa Cruz, authorities say. Aylene Semana, 28, of Milpitas and her sister-in-law, Leoannie Binas-Semana, 30, of San Francisco, were fishing with their husbands Sunday afternoon off of the cliffs north of the sandy beaches at Bonny Doon Beach when high surf swept them into the sea. According to the the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department, the victims' husbands, brothers whose names...
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