Baham Rise Condo

New Development Rise

 

Real Estate Shamon Campbell, of H.G Christie’s, affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, says we have so much more than historical appeal, crystal clear waters and friendly natives, Luxury has become one of the Bahamas’ most valuable assets, and it has influenced a great chunk of the wealthy to own a piece of paradise. They, of course, now call it home.

While it boasts one main island, The Bahamas is considered the ‘capital’ of luxurious hotels such as the One&Only Ocean Club and The Cove at Atlantis. Boutique luxury hotels across the less populated islands of Exuma, Eleuthera and Andros also help to solidify the country’s luxury footprint in the niche boutique resort market.
Over recent years, The Bahamas’ economy has drawn an extraordinary level of international investors. An example of this boost is most noticeable in the emergence of hotels and condo developments across the island of New Providence.

In its current state, the local industry can be compared to the likes of infamously sought after destinations such as New York and Miami with new development offerings at every desirable avenue.

Developers are taking greater interest and advantage of the economic rise in The Bahamas, where there are certainly a whole lot more to sell than beautiful condos.

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From island hopping on yachts, to lounging on private beaches, dining in five star restaurants and shopping at high-­‐end retailers and back to enjoy the finishes of a modern condo, this is life in The Bahamas.

Developments such as One Ocean, Thirty Six and Palm Cay, two of which are on the ultra-­‐ exclusive Paradise Island, have brought new construction options to buyers – who for years – have been forced to purchase re-­‐sale condos. Bahama Rise Condo

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Europeans, Canadians and North Americans have expressed interest in these options throughout the chain of islands. And with the charming tax advantages, direct flights into Nassau from New York and Canada, airlift has played an important role in the real estate boom. Boutique aviation service providers such as Odyssey International have also played an important role in all of this fabulous development. Bahama LifestyleBaham Rise Condo

In comparison to real estate in other regions, this 700-­‐island paradise appears to be surging towards huge increases over previous years. A report of a 20% increase in sales from our partnering brokerage has investors and the industry at large very confident. Bahama Lifestyle

The opportunity for more product in the capital and other islands remain at large. With a single development generating up to 200 construction jobs, the government of The Bahamas remains generous with developer approvals.

Together, with a reduction in the purchasing power of British property and the strengthening US dollar, the influx of buyers yearning for their own piece of paradise will continue to climb.

 

Shamon Campbell

 

“Hello I’m Shamon Campbell,  and as your Estate Agent with H.G. Christie Ltd. an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, I pride myself on being able to provide my clients with top tier representation with a great portfolio of beautiful properties across the islands. Contact me for assistance or to ask any questions regarding real estate in The Bahamas.”

1 242 422 2635 | shamon@bahamianescapes.com | www.bahamianescapes.com

Angela Kaufman of OC

Home & Realty Magazine is proud to introduce Angela Kaufman, the real estate game changer of OC, California, to all of our affluent home buyers.

Angela is one of our online magazine’s most referred agents by our affluent Home & Realty Magazine readers! A no nonsense Orange County professional agent who masters her craft and proudly represents the Global Luxury, Coldwell Banker brand.

Angela’s continuous education supported by the world’s most notable real estate brand Coldwell Banker, a leader since 1906, offers her clients the rest and assurance their home transaction will be managed with complete satisfaction.

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Angela’s differentiation has several layers of benefits for her clients. Angela’s vast knowledge of the OC territory in conjunction with her knowledge of school systems, community amenities, transportation systems, architectural design, building, and interior decor attributes make her one of most diversified agents in her territory. In addition, Angela keeps ahead of the curve in technology. She utilizes her computer to keep a pulse on market trends, new homes on the market, interest rates, inventory control, and lead generation for her next new listings! Angela employs the advertising arm of Home & Realty Magazine to market her clients properties to an affluent global audience.

Contact Angela on your next luxury investment or the sale of your property.

Angela Kaufman
My video introduction

Realtor, Coldwell Banker
ph:  (949)939-7925
angela.d.kaufman@gmail.com
www.angeladkaufman.com
My Stone Ridge Home

 

 

Monday’s Cup of Motivation

Monday's Cup of Motivation

This is the 300th Cup of Motivation.

These Cups of motivation focus on family, hope and time. If there’s one thing we have learned from these cups, then they are worth writing every weekend. If you have ever lost someone, you know how valuable time is and where the motivation comes for not wasting time. Every day is a gift. Let’s remind ourselves today that we can do anything we put our mind to. That is what we are told as children. As we grow older, that inner voice is drowned out by everyone telling us what we can’t do. The truth is we are the person who sets the limits on how far we go in life. We are the one person who needs to believe in ourselves no matter what the rest of the world says. The best advice we will ever get comes from that inner voice when nobody else is around. It is telling us we can do this if we keep believing in ourselves. If success was easy, then everyone would be successful. This week, let’s remember that we are unique and a gift from God. Let’s not waste that gift by simply getting through life. Let’s live the life we dream of. No matter where we are at today, there is still time if we start now. Better to try and fail than to not and regret. It’s scary getting out of our comfort zone but that’s where we need to go if we are going to grow. Let’s make the most out of the time we have. Here’s to the next 300 Cups of Motivation and here’s to making it a phenomenal week!!

ENCOURAGEMENT…

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

GREAT WORDS TO LIVE BY…

We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent because this is our life.
Steve Jobs

You are going to be you for the rest of your life, so treat yourself with respect and do what makes you happy.
Author unknown

Live in the moment, release everything from yesterday and know that the future will be awesome!
Author unknown

As long as you are getting better, you are successful.

Author unknown

Never look at how long it will take. Give everything you’ve got. You will get results

Author unknown

Opportunism don’t happen. You create them.

Chris Grossman

Life is short. Don’t waste it being sad. Be who you Are, be Happy, be Free, be whatever you want to Be.

Author unknown

This week, let’s make this a phenomenal life!!

 

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MONDAY’S CUP OF MOTIVATION

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MONDAY’S CUP OF MOTIVATION: VOL 299
We lived through a brutal decade. Starting with the real estate mortgage meltdown, we lived through real estate foreclosures, short sales and hardship. The amazing thing is we are still here. We made it. Headline…2017 is going to be a phenomenal year. It will be a phenomenal year because we are going to make it a phenomenal year. It’s truly a fresh start. We won’t sit back and wait to see what happens. We will get in there and we will make it happen. We set new goals and work hard to achieve them. Now is the time we make things happen. This is our year. Better yet, this is our decade. How about this is our life moving forward. Let’s do the things we know we need to do to make this life the best life. We only get one life so let’s start living the life of our dreams. Believe it and achieve it. This can be the best year of our life if we get out of our comfort zone and go for it. The stars are lining up for us so let’s go into this year with a grateful heart and our eyes wide open. The world is full of opportunity but we need to keep moving forward. We know what we need to do so let’s just do it. Here’s to an amazing week and a phenomenal 2017!!

ENCOURAGEMENT…

This is your life. Do what you love and do it often. If you don’t like your job, quit.
If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
Stop over analyzing, life is simple.
All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite.
Life is simple.
Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people, we are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them.
Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.
Life is short, live your dream and wear your passion.
Holstee Manifesto, The Wedding Day
GREAT WORDS TO LIVE BY…
If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
Anna Quindlen
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
Nido Qubein

Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectation, anger, regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue. Let go of the need for approval.
Lama Surya Das
Whatever happened over the past year, be thankful for where it brought you. Where you are is where you’re meant to be!
Mandy Hale

There are times to let things happen, and times to make things happen. Now is that time. You will either make things happen, watch what happens, or wonder what happened.
Dan Millman

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.
John Burroughs

Remember to breathe as many of our worries today will probably not be so important a year from now.
Satsuki Shibuya
This week, let’s make this the best year of our life!!

 

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Happy Pessach

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Uriel Portrait 1991

Hag Sameach, Happy Pessach!

These days we celebrate Pessach, one of the most important events in Jewish belief. It started last week Friday evening with a big Dinner, celebrating the end of slavery from the Egyptians, leaving the Egyptian country towards Israel and the long march through the desert.

The first evening, “Seder” is a big event with a Dinner, that starts with reading the Haggadah, the story about slavery in Egypt and leaving to the promised land. This is symbolized by different little plates of food, the Seder plate. We eat bitter herbs – symbolizes the bitter times of slavery, Seroa, a bit of lamb meat on a bone, for the sacrifice and marking the Jewish houses with the lambs blood to show the angels of god, which houses have to be exempted from killing the first born child and animal, charosset – a mixture from apple nuts, wine and cinnamon, worked together to symbolize the clay, the Jews had to produce in Egypt, Karpas – celery or radish for the grueling work in Egypt, and beitzah, a cooked egg to show fragility of human fates and the sadness about the destroyed temple in Jerusalem.

All paintings by Artist, Uriel Cazes, designed for art windows

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Uriel Cazes of Ibiza, Spain

Contact: Uriel Cazes, Artist
Ibiza, Spain
cazes.uriel@gmail.com

Ola Mexican Kitchen

 

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Proprietor Toby Reese, welcomes Coldwell Banker agents Elena Zimina, Lori Thompson, Stacey Kuhne-Mercer for an epicurean delight at his brand new Ola Mexican Kitchen!

Ola Mexican Kitchen

Hello, Lori Thompson, Elena Zimina and Stacey Mercer, are so excited to feature this month’s Huntington for Fun article in Home and Realty Magazine! Huntington Beach has a new addition to its city… its Pacific City! Pacific City is a new center on Pacific Coast Highway filled with shops, a work out gym and several outstanding restaurants. We have been looking forward to sharing some of these restaurants with our H&R readers. The first restaurant we have chosen to feature is Ola! Ola, which is Spanish for “wave” and Hawaiian for “life”, is the inspiration behind Ola Mexican Kitchen, an exciting and tasty new first-to-market culinary concept from the Huntington Beach-based team behind the popular Mahe restaurants in Seal Beach and Dana Point. Ola has a Mexican concept unlike any other Mexican restaurant I’ve ever experienced. Owned by Toby Reese and Tony Andrews, Ola is an upscale, ocean view, positive energy kind of restaurant. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Toby and learning how Ola was born.

Ola Mexican Kitchen - Home & Realty MagazineIn 9th grade, Toby got his first job washing dishes in Wrightwood, CA. He and his family moved to Huntington Beach where he continued working in restaurants washing dishes, waiting and cleaning tables. He was persistent in working in the restaurant business, gaining experience at the Red Lobster in Seal Beach and worked as the head server at Charlie Browns in Newport Beach. In 1999, Toby and Tony opened Mahe, which used to be the Old Glider Inn. It is delicious seafood, sushi and night time live music on the weekends. There is a second Mahe in Dana Point, 8 years successful. Toby is a family man with 2 boys and a beautiful wife. He originally trained to be a fire fighter, but fate would have a different plan for him. He has been President of Ocean View Little League for the past 5 years and on the board for 10. Toby cares about people and his community.

Toby and Tony had been approached by Pacific City to open another Mahe. After careful consideration, Toby had decided Pacific City did not need another sushi or seafood restaurant, because there are already two amazing restaurants that specialize in this type of cuisine. What Pacific City needed was the Mexican concept they had been dreaming about all these years… the idea was shared and Bam!!! Ola was born!

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Ola is a cozy 8,000 square foot restaurant with incredible food. Not to mention the views cannot be beat! The outdoor patio is a great place to watch the sunset as you enjoy Sashimi grade Ahi Poke served in a large martini glass with fresh avocado and plantains for a little crunch. Their chips and salsa are amazing! The chips are 100% corn and 95% gluten free. They have a great assortment of tacos ranging from carnitas, fish, lobster, salmon or more. There is a grilled rib eye enchilada that I must try! If you are in to queso, theirs is crazy good! Called the Queso Fundido… melted Chihuahua cheese, chorizo and pico de gallo, served with fresh chips! If you are into a refreshing cocktail, Ola has some pretty fun drinks… named after a surf break in Mexico, the El Dragon, made with Jalapenos and cucumbers is very fresh and tasty. Everything at Ola is made fresh to order. It does not pass the chefs approval if it is not fresh! Ola is quality and affordable food with a loving caring touch for the people eating it. Toby is also looking into introducing live music… it will be authentic Mexican background music… very classy! If you are ever in the Huntington Beach area, you must stop by Pacific City and enjoy dinner or even just an appetizer at this new beautiful ocean view restaurant Ola… you will love the experience!!

Elena, Stacey, Toby Reese, and Lori

We look forward to meeting all of our friends at Ola to experience the greatest Mexican food, impeccable beachfront views and superior service!

Menu:
www.olamexicankitchen.com/menu/
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Seacliff 2015 Fundraiser in Huntington Beach

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“Huntington for Fun” Team! Stacey Mercer, Elena Zimina, and Lori Thompson of Coldwell Banker Beachside Realtors in Huntington Beach pictured.

What’s special about Huntington Beach? The community for starters… Huntington for Fun would like to educate the community on some of the activities we participate in. About 6 years ago our very own Stuart Thomas was approached by Barbara Meyer to donate to Collette’s Children’s Home. She had asked him to donate $1000 as he did the previous year. Stuart was glad to do it and donated his $1000. As is turns out, he had donated $100 the year before… a little typo. Stuart went ahead and told them to keep the whole $1000 and so began the tradition. After Stuart’s outstanding donation, the founder of Collette’s Children wanted to meet Stuart. They went to lunch and brainstormed the fundraiser we see today…

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Stuart Thomas

The first year, they thought of having a garage sale but didn’t have a large enough space to keep everything. This is when they decided to incorporate sponsors. They ended up having a “garage sale” at Tsunami Sushi and it was a success! Second year was held at Seacliff Country Club and funds were raised for Habitat for Humanity. The third year funds were raised for Project Self Sufficiency, helping single moms get back on their feet and living normal lives.

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The fourth year was donated to Make A Wish Foundation, helping children make their wishes come true. For example, one of the sick little girls had a dream to visit Disneyworld someday. With the funds that were raised, we were able to send this little girl to Disneyworld and make her dreams come true. Year 5 was for CHOC Hospital… again for the children… we all definitely have a heart for children!!! This was year 6 and funds were donated to help the City of Huntington Beach Police Department. Robert Handy, Chief of Police, helped us put together this spectacular fundraiser for 2015! One of the heart touching stories the Huntington Beach Police have with money raised for them is this story of a Garden Grove resident who stood speechless in the HB Police Departments helicopter hangar. She watched with tears in her eyes, clutching her grandchildren as she saw hers sons 2009 Nissan Cube rolls in. The Nissan belonged to her son, a combat engineer who was killed in action on January 2011, when his unit was attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade in Baghdad, Iraq. The 21 year old was on his second deployment. It was said that as she approached her son’s car and slowly sat in the driver’s seat, she could feel him in the car. What was so special about this deed was the car had been totaled in a car accident and one of the police officers on the scene heard the story of the women’s son… he tracked down the car, bought it from the tow yard and restored it for the grieving mom. These are the kind of hearts we are dealing with when it comes to the HB Police Department.

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Chief Handy, Stuart Thomas, Frank Mc Dowell

This article would not be complete without thanking the wonderful men and women that make it all possible… Stuart Thomas, Teri Miles, Edie Newmeyer, Barbara Kramer, Courtney Madnick, Lori Jones, Nicole Nelson, Jennifer Handy, Sandy McGrath, Frank McDowell and Vanessa Schwartz… Thank you to all!!! Enjoy the photos and we hope to see you all there next year!!!

Some great friends of this wonderful cause. We hope you enjoy the memories!

 

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Business Lessons from Bagger Vance – Find Your Authentic Swing

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Teri Conrad

Lessons From Bagger Vance

I recently gave a presentation to the business agents in my office based on one very short clip from the movie The Legend of Bagger Vance; “A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.” In one short clip there is a litany of business and life lessons that I believe if embraced can move anyone forward in a powerful way.

Shift in the industry:

“Lazy grass follows the sun. Same putt will go one way in the morning and t’other in the afternoon.” ~ Bagger Vance

Lesson: The real estate industry is shifting. As the world becomes more connected online and the connected consumer has more information than ever before, we need to ‘follow the grass and the sun’ and anticipate how best to serve our clients how and where they want to be served.

Get out from behind the computer and get in the market:

The night before the big tournament, Bagger takes his shoes off to feel the grass while he walks the course to assess for himself the lay of the land. He gets out of the books and gets a feel for the course.

Lesson: As real estate agents, we need to get out from behind the computer and learn for ourselves.

We need to gain knowledge about the product in our market! Join your office tours; get into conversation with people develop good relations with other agents and professionals in your market!

Slow down and get quiet:

Take the time to listen. Bagger is out walking the course at night. It’s peaceful. They have the space to assess without all of the noise.

Lesson: We live in a noisy world. It’s easy to feel compelled to always consume, take the opinions of others as gospel without assessing for ourselves.  Find sources that you truly trust and remember to step away regularly to hear your own thoughts.

Authentic Swing:

“Inside each and every one of us is a true authentic swing. Something we were born with. Something that is ours and ours alone and can’t be taught to you and learned. It’s something that’s got to be remembered.

Keep Swinging

Lesson: Don’t worry about not having any balls (listings/ current leads). Just keep swinging and stay in conversation. Immerse yourself in market knowledge. Continue the conversations. Practice, practice, practice. The more you engage in conversation, study the market, continue your education, write offers, negotiate deals, close listings, the quicker you’ll find your authentic swing. The sooner you’ll feel the course.

You can’t make that ball go in the hole – you have to let it.

Lesson: Close your eyes and visualize what you want to happen. Now keep swinging. Stop selling and start helping. Allow the business to find you. Be discoverable and helpful and keep swinging.

Teri’s lessons:

Loosen the grip a little. Stop trying so hard. Have a little faith. If you’re doing what you need to be doing, then it will come. Don’t worry about the competition.

See the field:

Feel that focus: you have a lot of shots you can choose from . There’s only one shot that’s in perfect harmony with the field – the shot is going to choose you. There’s a perfect shot trying to choose us. Get in the field. Look with soft eyes. SEE IT BIG. Seek that place with your soul.

Don’t think about it. Feel it.

and put yourself in the way of opportunity (Lesson from friend/mentor and successful bay agent Jim Walberg)

View entire presentation with video HERE.

TERI CONRAD
1-778-887-8374
e: teri@agentquest.ca

 

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Art & Lifestyle: The Jewish New Year

Rosh ha Shana  –  ראש שנה

 Art & Lifestyle: The Jewish New Year – Rosh ha Shana

This year the Jews in the world celebrated Rosh ha Shana on the 14th of September, which means that hopefully all, have had a great celebration dinner on 13th evening after sundown.

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Uriel Cazes

New year started on that day and it was a celebration time for 10 days, ending with the Yom Kippur, the day of reconciliation. In the Jewish tradition this is the day of the creation of the world and its the birthday of Adam. So it is a joyful celebration, the time to think back about the actions and behavior in the past year and to justify before god.

This comes with a couple of symbolic things like blowing the Shofar, to open heaven, lighting candles, certain things to eat and throwing stones and breadcrumbs into the water as a symbol of striping off the sins, to start fresh and clean into the new year.

 

We eat honey cake, slices of apples dipped in honey, Zimmes (carrots cooked sweet) to have a sweet new year. Also its common to eat a piece of the head of fish or lamb to express the wish to become the head and not the tail. Not to forget the pomegranate which means the wish to multiply our rights like Pomegranates.

So its a very happy celebration with a lot of thoughts about the future and remembering of the lives of our ancestors.

Happy New Year –

שנה טובה

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Uriel Cazes New Years Evening

 

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Uriel Cazes Pomegranates 2015

 

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Uriel Cazes Klezmer, 2015

 

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Uriel Cazes Shana tova

 

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Uriel Cazes Prayer for new year

 

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Uriel Cazes Exchange of thoughts,2015 (on the way to the Synagog Yom Kippur)

 

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Uriel Cazes 1991

Contact: Uriel Cazes cazes.uriel@gmail.com

 

 

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Vans US Open of Surfing

It is a pleasure to write this month’s Huntington for Fun column on Huntington Beach’s largest and well known events… The Vans U.S. Open!!! Each year this world wide event is held just in front of our favorite Dukes Restaurant on the south side of the pier, located at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. This year the awesome event was held from July 25 – August 2, 2015. Not only is the Van’s U.S. Open good for the vendors of Huntington Beach, it brings surfers from all over the world together in one competition… men and women alike. The people of Huntington Beach work very hard to accommodate all of the surfing fans that come to this event. From hotels to restaurants and shopping, Huntington Beach has it all. It is a giant festival on the sand… takes 2 weeks to assemble and 1 week to disassemble.

Surfing - Home & Realty MagazineThe Vans U.S. Open has not always had this title. It all began in 1959, and was called the West Coast Surfing Championship. This first year, a man named Jack Haley won first place, along with Linda Benson for the women’s championship. In 1964, the competition was renamed the U.S. Surfing Championship and in 1966 Huntington Beach’s very own Corky Carroll won this competition. In 1982, this famous competition was renamed once again, to the OP Pro, sponsored by none other than Ocean Pacific. I’d say this is when this competition really began to get popular! Soon to follow in 1983 and 1984, Tom Curran took away the title… who doesn’t love Tom Curran…? In 1994, this famous surfing competition was named what we know it now, the U.S. Open of Surfing… and in 1996, Kelly Slater took the title.

Although this surfing competition brings in a ton of revenue for our city, it also has its down side for the locals. People come from all over the world to experience this awesome event. The event has traditionally been held on Labor Day week end and has never been a problem. Not only did it have the world’s largest surfing competition, but it also included skateboarding, BMX biking, rock concerts and lots of give-aways from the vendors. In 1986, the city of Huntington Beach experienced horrible riots during the OP Pro. Over 25 years ago, the city turned into chaos with glass bottles being thrown and a cloud of sand over acres of beach. Yes, this was a horrible time for our city but we do not give up easily. The change was made to no longer hold the event on Labor Day Week End…. Instead it is now the end of July into the beginning of August. They have omitted all concerts as well. No more live music… The focus is now back on surfing, where it should be. They still have the BMX biking and skateboarding… It would be a shame if bad behavior caused such a great even to end. Fortunately, we here in HB care and would not let that happen!

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An extension of the U.S. Open can be seen directly across the street from Dukes in front of Huntington Surf and Sport… On the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, there is a statue of Duke Kahanamoku… located in the concrete around this monument is the Surfers’ Hall of Fame. This is where surfing legends have been honored by immortalizing their hand prints, footprints and signatures in the sidewalk… similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, CA. Some of the famous surfers in the Hall of Fame include Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Jack O’Neill, Robert August and Laird Hamilton. If you ever have the chance, you should walk over them and look at the names… it’s a fun thing to do!

All in all, the Vans U.S. Open Surfing Competition is a big winner and loved by men and women large and small, young and old! It draws over 500,000 people, bringing in revenue of $16.4 million to the city of Huntington Beach and $21.5 million to Orange County. This money helps to pay for all of the extra security it takes to keep our city safe during this busy time of year. The HB Police cover the streets with police on foot, horseback, motorcycles and cars. They do a great job keeping the city under raps while still enjoying themselves and letting others have fun! They have their hands full for sure!! Here we are…. 56 years later from the very first Huntington Beach Surf Championship… still going strong!!! Thank you Huntington for being so much fun!!!

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Huntington for Fun’s Stacey Kuhne-Mercer and Lori Thompson reporting live at the Van’s US Open of Surfing!