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Tuesday at the Vans US Open of Surfing

The 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing is happening in Huntington Beach, CA this week. I have never gone to a surf contest and did not even know it was going on until one of my acquaintances posted on her Facebook page that she was thinking of going out to watch it. I am not sure what it was, perhaps the great weather and encouragement from Tanya had something to do with it, but I decided to grab the camera and ride down to the Huntington Beach pier. It was a learning experience; that is for sure. For one thing, I need to plan this out better next time and have more time to devote to it. There is a lot more going on than just surfing.

There were lots of vendors there but I did not really check that part out much. There were more people by the vendors than on the beach so I would guess they were popular even if I did not recognize every name there. While I was there the skateboard bowl had the shop skate contest and the beginning of round two of the men’s surfing competition.

The Vans US Open of Surfing runs until Sunday July 28 and is definitely fun whether you are alone or with friends and/or family. Parking is going to suck, so take advantage of the free shuttle service on the weekend. You can get details and the schedule on the US Open of Surfing website. All the activity is at the Huntington Beach Pier. Continue reading

Sativa’s Graduation Party

These photos are from Sativa’s graduation party which was held Saturday. From what I could see, Sativa has a very large extended family and a lot of friends that all wanted to congratulate her as she prepares to go to school back east in Boston. As I was leaving, her mother mentioned how many times they had large family gatherings and no one takes any photos that are seen by more than a couple people. I am sure she is going to cherish these for a very long time.

In addition to taking the photos, I am able to host them for you as well; of course, you get a copy of the originals without any watermarks. If you ever want to memorialize any event, I am there to help. Continue reading

Redondo Beach Pier & International Boardwalk

As the summer tourist season is approaching, I thought I might spend a little time wandering around the South Bay to photograph popular tourist destinations for those that might be coming to visit the Torrance and Redondo Beach area. Since the Redondo Beach Pier has been in the news lately due to it being the 25th anniversary of when the Redondo Beach Pier had a major fire that destroyed half of the Redondo Pier horseshoe, I decided I would start off with a walk around the Redondo Beach Pier and the International Boardwalk.

The Redondo Beach Pier is a really fun place to bring the family; in fact, even though I have lived here since the mid-1960’s it was a place that I took my kids when they were still in strollers and continued to bring them as they got older and could appreciate things like the Tilt-A-Whirl at the Redondo Fun Factory. Besides the games and rides at the Fun Factory there are a couple very nice restaurants, with my favorite being Tony’s on the Pier; also known as Old Tony’s because there was a Tony’s Fish Market Restaurant which, as I recall, was one of the restaurants that was destroyed in the fire of 1988. They have very good food at a fair price, but are probably best known for their Mai Tais. They are very tasty, even if you do not drink.

If you are planning a visit to the Redondo Beach area, I highly recommend you make a stop at the Redondo Pier and plan on making a day of it. The arcade games, various food stands as well as the great seafood offerings make it fun for the entire family. Even the locals come to spend time there, so that should tell you something. Continue reading

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