Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the southwest, by Seal Beach on the northwest, by Costa Mesa on the east, by Newport Beach on the southeast, by Westminster on the north, and by Fountain Valley on the northeast.
Huntington Beach is known for its long 8.5-mile stretch of sandy beach, mild climate, excellent surfing and beach culture. The northern and southern beaches are state parks. The Orange County run Sunset Marina Park next to Huntington Harbour is part of Anaheim Bay. It is suitable for light craft, and includes a marina, launching ramp, basic services, a picnic area and a few restaurants.
The downtown district includes an active art center, a colorful shopping district, and the International Surfing Museum. This district was also the home of the Golden Bear from 1929–1986. The Huntington Beach Pier stretches from Main Street into the Pacific Ocean. At the end of the pier is a Ruby’s Diner. The Surf Theatre, which was located one block north of the pier.
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. Gordon Duane established the city’s first surf shop, Gordie’s Surfboards, in 1955. Huntington Beach is also a popular destination for kite surfing, and this sport can be viewed on the beach northwest of the pier.